This one the mortar was smeared. And this is the one I told him to use.
BtB questioned my choice. He said I would be covering up alot of the beautiful brown color of this brick. I reassured him, "Oh, they don't have to cover it all up; just smear a little here and there".
C has been couped up in the apartment since his shoulder surgery so I thought I would get him out of the house and take a little trip over to the house. Driving up to the house my heart started to beat really fast. OK, where is Tom Sawyer? He's got to be around here somewhere. This brick is WHITE!!!! Tom is surely running around here with his paint brush and his bucket of white wash.
OMG, what have I done? It didn't look like this in the photo!!! (and I guarantee, by looking at this photo you are not experiencing how white this is when you see it in person). Now, with all due respect, this is not a bad look if the stone on the house was Austin stone or another white stone. But, our stone isn't white, it's brown!!! This is just not good.
What the...look at this. Are you seeing what I'm seeing? Do you see the difference between the brick below the windows and above the windows? I'm tellin' ya, this is all over the place! It's like these poor mason workers don't know what look to go for.
What the...., a phone call to BtB and I immediately got the "I told you so" speech.
The guy in charge didn't like what was going on either. We had him lay some brick with no smearing at all, just some sloppy mortar, and it looked so much better. We had no idea how nice the brick looked without any help from smeared mortar.
Here we go now. This is more to our liking. Thank the Lord we went out to the house before all the brick was laid.
'Cause this is coming down baby!!! My bad, my cost, but this is coming off. I hope that whatever this is going to cost won't keep me from doing some stone work on a wall inside. Watching our budget ya know!!
Now, to a less stressful issue....Here is how the stone is looking. The stone masons were working on the stone across the front of the house. I am very pleased with their work. I sat and watched one man for a little while and this is a really time consuming effort. He would select and shape the rock then place it just so.
I like the brick framing around the window. Those darker stones are the moss rock that I love so much.
Whoo! This is a little messy, no?
Well, I guess we'll get through our first big glitch with this project. Lord willing, this will be the worst of it.