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Hello Everyone,

I'm looking for some advice on how to proceed with adding manufactured stacked stone to areas near the foundation of the house. There was previously brick in these areas. I hated the look and as I tore it down I discovered rotted sheathing. Fortunately there was no damage to the frame. I wanted to tackle the project myself but I was hesitant after learning about the possibilities of water damage. I have solicited three different contractors.

#1 - Moisture Barrier, Cement Board, Adhesive.
#2 - Moisture Barrier, Hardiboard, Scratch Coat, Mortar. (I read Hardiboard is not recommended for exterior use)
#2 - Moisture Barrier, Sheathing, Diamond Lath, Scratch Coat, Mortar

I want to do this the right away without worry of water damage down the road. The areas on the house will be exposed to outside elements such as rain and overspray from the sprinklers.

I had planned on doing:

Sheathing, Moisture Barrier (2 Layers, Tyvek + 15lb Felt), Durock Cement Board, Metal Lath, Scratch Coat, Mortar, Stacked Stone.

Is Metal lath necessary with cement board? Per the manufactures instructions it's not necessary but have seen contradicting articles online.

Other relevant info: Area is about 500 SQ, Foundation of the house, and I live in California (No Snow, temps range from 30-115).
 

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