Winter is closing in pretty quickly and I better get a move on some things if I want to have the siding up this year.
The stone belting goes from the front entrance to the stone mudroom – here are the rain screen weeps before their haircut.
And after – they’re pretty much invisible, but will let any water out of the wall system.
This part of the patio had to be repaired because water got under the slab and froze and dislodged the bricks – if you see that white strip to the left by the steps – that’s to space the stone to allow for some freeze movement to keep from damaging the masonry.
Limestone steps were used because they’ll age fairly quickly – and I want this place to look as though it was build years ago.
I had the mason duplicate the herringbone pattern in the winding front sidewalk. Kinda Cottagy, don’t you think?
He would do it on one condition – that I cut all the pieces to fit the complicated sidewalk. Here you see his 12″ brick saw that I became fast friends with over the course of this project.
I had to use spacers under a lot of the brick work. I found strips of Azek worked best. It didn’t swell with water like plywood does and it is easy to remove after the mortar sets. Just drive in a screw –
And it pops out will little effort.
Now it’s time to make things complicated. Here’s the first of many little trim projects. Made from Azek, the whole exterior trim is made from this stuff.
So pop the puzzle together with some PVC glue and stainless nails and it looks like this.
And that little time waster will go right where the red arrow is pointing. Why? Because I gotta make it complicated. It’s a hobby, remember?
Fascias, Friezes and soffits are in my future – I just know it.