The past week began with the masons putting the final touches on the brickwork on Monday morning. Then they had to wait until Friday for the stone to arrive, since the order had been increased slightly. Our builder George, however, continued with trim work and other carpentry. We also made the transition from temporary to regular electrical service, which happened in a somewhat unusual way.
The week was a little slow in the middle, but on Friday morning I found cars parked everywhere. The masons were back, and each seemed to have his own car. When I first arrived, they were busy putting on the lath and brown mortar base for the "cultured" stone (below).
When I came back later in the morning, the workers had already started on the stone, and by that time they were taking a lunch break.
By quitting time, they had already installed most of the stone across the front of the house, including, for example, by the kitchen door.
After the stone is finished, the Trex is laid on the porch and deck floor, and the board and batten Hardie Board is painted, this scene will be complete. In the meantime, however, a lot of stonework must happen before the outside is complete. Naturally, a great deal of work is still to be done inside. We're pleased with how much has happened since framing began just 12 weeks ago, and we're hoping that in another 8-10 weeks, we'll be just about ready to move in. Keep your fingers crossed! --oc