Thursday, January 22, 2009

Brick! We have Brick

But we don't have stone.  And, that's OK.
Here is the front of the house.  Brad asks why I always take the photo from an angle.  I don't know.  I think it looks nicer.  It's a cooler angel.  Anyone can take a picture "straight on."  But, honestly, I think it's so you could tell that the front left is a garage and not more house.
Anyway.  Here is after a few days.  They started on the back (because the corner under the master is the deepest.)

And then here it is finished.  OK, not completely finished, they were still working on the inside of the doorway.  Everything [else] that is missing will be stacked stone. 
Here is the back of the house.  Closest to us us one of the guest bedrooms, a window for the dining room, the door that leads out from between the dining room and kitchen.  The other set of doors comes out of the master.  There will be a deck the width of the master and will come out just past the large window.
Here is the view of the master from the other side. (Can you tell I took these as completely different times of day?)

It was a lot of brick!  And after they were done, we spend the weekend picking up the pieces.  My uncle will do the final grade of the lot, and he recommended that we pile all the brick [away from the house] so that he can run the dozer over it a few times and then use the crushed brick as fill under the driveway.  Awesome!  So, we didn't have to pay to have it hauled away and we wont have to buy as much fill.  
We are planning on doing something a bit crazy.  We are going to paint the brick.  Which everyone has screamed, "WHY!?!"  Ultimately, we are taking something that needs no maintenance what-so-ever, and we're making a big fat mess of it.  Repainting.  Chipping paint.  Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance.  But, it will be beautiful maintenance.
We have narrowed it down to three colors:  

A name I forgot, Latte, and Hopsack.
The first has a greenish tint to it.  The second is a pretty basic taupe, and the third is a more golden, vibrant color that I LOVED on the sample card, but despise on my house.  I think that Latte is what we will be going with.  
The stacked stone we chose is called "Brown Cutface."  Brown is the color [obviously, but they do have some names like "Pennsylvania."] and Cutface is the style.  

It will be a dry stack,  (meaning there will be no mortar joints) this makes it about one dollar more per square foot.  We paid $6/sq ft for brick installed, and $11/sq ft for stone installed.  Our stone is being purchased from Stone Works in Maumelle.  They were really nice.  It seemed a bit overwhelming at first but you simply pick your style and your color separately to create the look you want.  This is a simulated rock that is made from casts of real chipped rock.  Actual stone would cost much, much more.

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