I'm getting ready to seek quotes from general contractors for exterior redesign/remodel project. All the electrical has been upgraded by a licensed contractor... will be installing copper pipe up to risers before commencing with other construction. The scope includes the following: - new windows - sandblasting - remove siding - create moisture barrier - construct entry archway - stone vaneer - scratch coat - color coat - concrete and patio cover - hardscape The major concern I have is the condition of the existing stucco. The house is older, hasn't been painted for a very long time and therefore the stucco is cracked down to the studs in certain areas due to exposure---especially where there's no moisture barrier. I need insight on the correct way to repair and/or tie into existing stucco to minimize the risk of cracking after all this work is done. Is it better to spend more money up front, remove the damaged stucco and re-scratch and brown-coat entire wall(s)? Thanks in advance.