What are some options for removing these decorative log ends on the exterior of my house? The stucco is traditional (real) stucco. There is a possibility that the logs may penetrate the sheathing and be secured to the framing somehow. However, they also appear to be located right around where the top plate in the wall framing would be, so I'm not sure how that would work. That would also be a lot of extra work for the sheathing guys, so maybe I am wrong on that.
The house is in Florida.
I am looking for advice on how to:
- Remove the logs in the easiest and least destructive way possible. Possibly flush cut somehow?
- Repair the sheathing if necessary and ensure proper waterproofing.
- Install a new horizontal trim board where the logs are now, and install cement board shakes in the gables on top of the existing stucco if that is feasible. Similar to the shakes in the example below.