Monday, May 10, 2010

The Renovations Begin!

I have taken a break from blogging lately, but am back to document our house renovations. This is the back of our house as it was this morning. You can see what the original houses should look like from the neighbour's next door. Under our pebble dash/stucco are the same "old stock yellow London brick" (as they call them). Not many builders want to try to remove it because the yellow brick is over 100 years old, structural, and the yellow variety is particularly soft. The result is, if you don't know what you are doing you can gouge out big chunks of the bricks themselves. You are looking at specialists in action. It is chipped away with a chisel and hammer along with much of the mortar between. Then the surface of the bricks will be ground down a few millimetres and any damaged bricks will be replaced and the whole wall re-pointed (a new mortar). The mortar can be applied in several different styles depending on the price you are willing to pay. Ribbon pointing is the most expensive and sticks out farther than the brick. Then there is flush and indented. Stay tuned for further developement!

3 comments:

Shelley said...

looks good so far! i love house renos! change is good :)

michal (W.I.T.W.I.M.) said...

Yay! Glad you are still staying tuned!

Anonymous said...

Go for indented, especially if its the cheapest. I presume they apply a waterproof coating that penetrates the brick. Pretty exciting.