Veneer Stone #4 The Details

We’re moving along on the renovation at MisAdventures – a slow pace but a consistent one. Since I started this project in 2009 we are just getting the exterior prepared for the siding I hope to get up before winter.

1 rainscreen cornerThe rainscreen wraps around the corner with weeps installed above the final grade level. The white spacer below the stone on the porch is to allow for movement during the freeze/thaw cycles of winter – it will be removed later.

2 stainless casing beadThis is a detail of the stainless steel casing bead next to the window. This terminates the metal lath and scratch coat next to a window or door. The installed foam backer rod is caulked – this keeps the junction between the veneer stone and window or door water tight.

3 window weepsWeeps are added above the copper window flashing to allow moisture out of the rainscreen.

4 stone inspirationI used this house in the neighborhood which was built about the same time as mine as a pattern for the door detail.

5 stone headerSo I cut the veneer stone door header detail using that picture.

6 scratch coat frontAll the scratch coat is on and ready for the stone.

7 mudroom scratch coatThe mudroom and belting scratch coated as well.

8 mudroom headerFreshly laid stone with door header detail. Limestone window sills will be added later.

9 mudroom cornerThe weeps at the bottom are again spaced from the ground for the possible movement of the surrounding slab in the winter.

10 front in progressThe stone is wrapped around the limestone steps.

11 final pieceI hired a mason to work on the weekends by the hour. I installed the rainscreens and flashings and cut all the stone- he put the stuff on the wall and it worked out great. Here the last piece of stone is going on the front.

DSCN7905So the big pile of stone is slowly getting smaller.

Hang in there – we’ll get ‘er done eventually.


8 thoughts on “Veneer Stone #4 The Details

  1. This is interesting. I’ve lived in masonry houses most of my life, but trying to wrap my head around the concept of a rain screen on it since my parents and I both have load bearing masonry walls – theirs with 2×3’s embedded into them, mine with no framing at all.

    • Hey Chad – you would grasp the concept better than others since you are doing an extreme remodel as well. Your house needs no rain screen because there’s no wood to get damp and rot. Your parents house with the wood embedded probably has a small gap that allows the water to run down and out of the structure. On a house that is clad in wood there must be some way to get the moisture out of the wall system to keep the wood from rotting. This is the biggest mistake builders make with veneer stone systems. Water will get absorbed by the stone or concrete and transfer through the wall. That’s why treated wood is used for the plates for walls mounted to concrete.

  2. Curt, that stone looks absolutely gorgeous! It reminds me of some of the homes in my home town of Milwaukee. This style is seldom seen out here in the Pacific Northwest.

    • Thanks D’Arcy – it was important to me to use Indiana Limestone since it’s so close to the source and I wanted a pattern similar to what was used in 1935.

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