We have a large fireplace in our family room, which is the closest room to the back yard. In the back yard, and what is now the centerpalce of our pool house (when we eventually put in a pool) is a large 100+ year old fireplace. It seemed natural to use some stone on theRead more about Stone fireplace mantle and hearth[…]
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last update, but there have been no major change, just slow progress. We are in the nebulous zone between finishing everything in the walls and getting our inspections so we can then insulate and drywall the interior. There always seems to be a few more things toRead more about Update 9/8/17[…]
But for the stone cap, the stone work on the front porch columns is almost complete, and boy, does it look stunning. Typical craftsman columns would be made of wood above the stone, but, such wood cladding would be prone to water intrusion at the corners. Instead, we are going to put on a smoothRead more about Front porch columns[…]
The stone work is coming along nicely, with the fireplace entirely finished, and the stone masons starting on the foundation and columns. I must say, I am just thrilled with the way the stone work is turning out.
The stone work is turning out so beautiful, I just have to post some more pictures. Note that this is all what is called “Santa Barbara sandstone” which is the local variety. All of this stone came from the excavation of our basement. We went back and forth a little with the color of theRead more about Additional stone work pictures[…]
We spent the week in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, visiting the Pictured Rock National Lakeshore (A national park). Upon our return, we discovered quite a bit of progress For starters, the walls and ceiling spaces are visibly becoming visibly full of various utility runs. In that one ceiling section, you see HVAC ducting andRead more about Weekly update 7/14/17[…]
The stoners … er … make that, stone masons, have started to stone veneer the main fireplace. The did an initial sample of the style we settled on. However, after some feedback from our landscape designers, we decided on some changes: Increase the size of the stone pieces and make them a bit more horizontal,Read more about Stone work is under way[…]
The stone masons have been busy cutting stone from our pile into 4 inch pieces suitable for skinning the fireplace and raised foundation walls. They delivered the first drop of the materials last week. All those nice flat pieces came from the boulders we pulled out of the ground when we excavated our basement. IRead more about Stone work[…]