Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Two Sides To Every Story

Currently, the house has two sides. The front looks essentially the same as it has for several weeks, other than the fact that windows and doors are installed. The back, however, looks like an entirely different house. We started laying brick on the back, and from the golf course it really looks 100% different. It has rained non-stop here for 2 weeks, so we haven't made as much progress as we could have otherwise, but the guys have still been able to get lots of things done. Such as...

Windows and Ami's front doors installed

French doors leading from the kitchen (left) and living room (right) out onto the deck

Exterior view of the front porch - the lack of brick makes it look like not much has changed

Door leading from the garage into the mudroom

With all the rain, the carpenters have had to move their operations indoors

Pocket door frames have been installed

All of the recessed lights are wired

Guest bath tub/shower - you can also see the pocket door frame to the left

Windows in master bedroom and pocket door leading into the master bath

Garden tub in the master covered for protection...

...and uncovered

Recessed lights under the back porch

John has already bricked half of the wall on the guest wing

Notice how the center section under the roof isn't bricked? John had been saving that for rainy days...

...and as you can tell, we've had plenty of rainy days - I told you it looks like a different house!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Another Brick in the Wall

Well, we're finally starting to get to some of the fun stuff. Our brick arrived late last week, and bricklaying began early Saturday morning. Below there are several shots of the progress that has been made. Also, now that our carpenters are back on the job, we had our windows and exterior doors delivered. How about some visual evidence?

Our bricklayer, John, posing with the first brick to be laid on the house. The man you are looking at is the entire bricklaying crew. He will mix every ounce of mortar and lay every brick that goes on the house. He also layed the entire block foundation by himself.

The first brick

John taking his time to lay each brick, tap it into place and wipe the mortar

This was about 3 days worth of work. A one man brick crew isn't fast, but the quality is second-to-none

Close-up of the brick - Notice the queen size brick with wide mortar joints that give it a really old look, as well as the carpet-rubbed finsh ( and yes, he really rubs it with an old piece of carpet)

Vertical bricks in front of the crawlspace vents

Standing upstairs looking down into the staircase

This is the area over the main body of the house

Room over the garage - Both of these rooms look MUCH bigger in person

Front doors - Ami was very excited to see these delivered

Windows laying against the living room wall

David working on the cornice

Front view of the house with all of the shingles on - Brick was started on the back of the house