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A home we are considering buying has part wood siding and part stucco.

The pictures show the siding areas, basically front and right side.

We prefer the stucco look and would look to removing all siding and replacing with stucco.

The house is ~2700 sq ft total. My guess for the area with sidings is about 700-800 sq ft.

From what I have read so far, it looks like this is a $10/sqft job, labor included. Am I too far off the mark ($8k total)? I figure another $1k or so to remove the siding. This is in Orange County, California.

Are there any other options to mask the appearance of the siding? Is it possible to stucco over the siding without removing it?

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Small jobs tend to cost more. Another consideration is that the landscaping will most likely be damaged and will need to be replaced. Dumpster will add $400 to $600. I would budget $12-$15 for the stucco plus any additional cost like demo, dumpster, landscape, permits, etc...

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. . . From what I have read so far, it looks like this is a $10/sqft job, labor included. Am I too far off the mark ($8k total)? I figure another $1k or so to remove the siding. This is in Orange County, California.. . .

In Irvine? I'll bet that a decent contractor will end up costing about twice that.

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Isn't Irvine (sort of) the epicenter of "anything goes" stucco applications? Every manner of imbecilic stucco seems to take place out there.

Try to get away from the idea that it's all the same thing. Ask about substrates, how many layers/applications of material, drainage planes, flashing details, etc., etc.

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