Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Brick House

 Right after my last post, many pallets of brick arrived.
I got so excited to think that the brick would now be layed.
It's been a slow process...

Day one.
The front walk way design is determined.  Herringbone.

Day two. The front walk was bricked, but two weeks later, the stairs still are only three steps completed.

However, the "driveways" in front of the garage doors were layed.
I'm loving my brick!

 In the concrete world we now live in, brick is a welcome relief.

Meanwhile, the brickwork has once again stalled.
Yes, the "driveways" are layed, but no grout.
That was a week ago.


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Brick Stairway Update

The original stairs to our front door are your typical stairs in the City, especially the Marina.
They are almost always terrazzo.  Ours are terrazzo with weird tile inlays and tile on the landing.
My vision was to brick over the terrazzo using half bricks.  The masons who bid the job said they could do it, but couldn't guarantee their work.
They would however guarantee their work if the terrazzo was ripped out and the stairs rebuilt.

Here is the progression of the stairs from terrazzo to brick.
The entry porch has been demolished and new stucco is going on over the original stucco.

The entry porch.
It will be brick with a narrow flower bed so that I can plant climbing ficus.
A wall fountain will be installed where the mailbox is and eventually the whole inside will be ficus.

It took me three days to look at this!  It looks like my house has been bombed!
The stairs had to be ripped out and rebuilt in order to get my brick stairway.  Notice the original brick on the side.

The front door is at the top, the bottom door is a closet, originally under the front steps.
I plan on making it a wine cellar.  Kind of.

It was a big day when the concrete was poured for the brick.
Concrete was also poured in front of the garage doors and back courtyard which will also be bricked.

A lot of calculating and head scratching at this meeting with the contractors to determine how to build the new stairs.
This is my contractor, Matt.  He has the formula!

This is James who will build the stairs.
He did all the framing inside the house too.

New stairs!
Wait, we can't brick yet?  

No, we must hot mop them to make them water proof, something the original stairs were not.

This was done three weeks ago.
I wait and wait and wait for brick.
Apparently the brick guy is very busy.
Stay tuned...

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