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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Kathysue said...

Exciting to see your progress! These things always take so much time and sometimes I am sure it feels as if time is standing still when you are waiting. So many exciting adventures ahead for you. Congrats on opening your shop in Ghiradelli square, that deserves a big WOW!!

cotedetexas said...

can not wait to see the brick stairs!!! this is so exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hurry! haha!!

Sarah said...

All very interesting, Delores. This home is going to be gorgeous once you add all your creative touches. It will be worth the waiting!
Congratulations on the Ghiradelli Square shop. That is a beautiful center! You should get LOTS of traffic. Wishing you all much success!

Thehouseofhampton said...

Wow. Speechless. I can't believe Joni Webb left you a comment!!!! Now for the stairs...beyond exciting.

Sammy said...

Man... what a let down! I was excited to see the brick. I know it'll be amazing.

Dianne said...

Longest reno ever!!!! You are so patient and will have a real masterpiece when done.

Betsy Speert said...

I love the idea of covering the walls with ficus! What a transformation!

Maria C said...

Oh, my! I can only imagine how anxious you must be to have it all done! Hang in there! It's gonna happen soon!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

This home is going to be a stunner Delores!!

carolyn bradford said...

My first thought was oh, my, gosh! Look at that original brick! You go girl! Don't stop till you get it right! This is fabulous! Can't wait to see the finished project! Makes me want to be there even more just to see this! Thanks for sharing this!

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