I am building a 28x42 pool house. So far the pool and pool house has been diy with some things subbed out. Cinder block walls with some interior framing. I have a large Cracker Barrel style fireplace with log holder and pizza oven/ smoker.  I want to do some fancy things in th bathroom to make a corner sink look like it’s on a tree stump. I will be doing that down the road.I’m tired of working so hard and not enjoying my projects so I am motivated to finish. If all goes well i plan on doing some side work making fire pits patios and fireplaces. The floor is already stamped in reclaimed timber I did last year.  I am going to start my scratch coat this week. I plan on power washing and rolling on bonder to block. I have a large compressor and mortar sprayer. I have a pallet of type s mortar left over from cinder block. My plan is to do a 2.5 to 1 sand/ type s mortar scratch coat. I have the vertical matrix stamp set as well as many texture rollers, matts, trowels and a pallet of tru pac . I spent what I consider a large amount of money to get up and running. So far al my experience has been on YouTube when it comes to vertical concrete. Hopefully you can see I don’t mind working hard and have some construction skills. Any suggestions or tips for an enthusiastic diy guy who has been planning this for 10 years? Pictures attached I think. I really want to do some classes as well. I don’t see anyone in my area doing this work and people I show are blown away. I have a large area to sculpt and want to make it look nice.

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I appreciate your reply. I’m knee deep in the project and learning as I go. I am going to invest in the class to learn more. I admire your work and have been wanting to do this for a long time. Having trouble using stone matrix stamps but I think I have my mix better now to try again. Been hand carving.

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