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Pinnacle Masonry

 

Sample brick panel built for brick/mortar color comparisons/selections:

 

First batch of bricks, plus more concrete block, delivered to construction site:

 

Masons prepare to begin work when weather allows:

 

Masons begin laying bricks:

 

Working in the tight "alley":

 

South wall taking shape:

 

An expansion joint forming:

 

A smart vent goes in (to equalize pressure on the wall durong flooding):

 

Building the chimney (the blocks first):

 

Laying front porch corners:

 

Air space between brick and block:

 

Porch corners continue upward:

 

Mortar joints raked to 1/2" depth (for a much more dramatic look than most modern-day brickwork):

 

Southside wall continues upward:

 

Corner step-out:

 

Master mason makes the bricks look like they're round.

A Flemish bond brickwork pattern for the turret lessens the faceted look:

 

Raking turret joints:

 

Rounding the corner:

 

Saturday, taking advantage of the great weather (60 degrees):

 

Bricks looking great:

 

Turret bricks rising:

 

Turret bricks, over halfway up blocks:

 

Installing brick ties:

 

Fresh bricks arrive, including darker accent bricks (in the foreground) for portions of the Flemish bond brickwork:

 

Stirring the mortar:

 

Head mason stands by his work.

Accented Flemish bond pattern under front porch:

 

More accented Flemish bond under dining room windows:

 

Another proud mason:

 

Moving bricks about twenty at a time:

 

The health conscious masons seem to have left 2/3rds of these behind:

 

Southside bricks rise as masons labor in tight alley. Encroaching branches from neighboring tree will soon have to be trimmed:

 

Bricking up the chimney in low — but not freezing — temperatures:

 

Chimney bricks rising — seen from above:

 

Raking porch front Flemish bond mortar joints:

 

The northside bricks:

 

Masons working in compact "backyard" — or as the owner calls it,

"Summertime, and the mowin' is easy":

 

Masons huddling:

 

More consultation:

 

Removing encroaching roots from neighboring property to make way for the backyard wall:

 

The backyard wall taking shape about five inches inside the property line:

 

Three bricks thick, plus plenty of rebar and ladder wire:

 

Operating the brick saw:

 

Cutting bricks and mixing mortar:

 

Masons have just enough room to squeeze their hands in to work on wall without trespassing on neighbors' property, their land ortheir airspace:

 

Perimeter of backyard wall taking shape:

 

Bricklaying for backyard wall nearly complete:

 

Building blocks for rear stairs:

 

"Good fences (and walls) make good" — or so it is said:

 

Masons' brick marks:

 

Rear stairs bricks:

 

Standard-size scaffolding going up for Mill Street side brickwork:

 

Staging bricks for when the rain stops and the temperatures rise:

 

Scaffolding work:

 

Masonry workers in their tight cage in the alley between houses:

 

Extra sturdy ties secure brick to wall:

 

Brick rising above limestone water table:

 

Bricks rising in perfect weather:

 

Northside bricks taking shape:

 

Bricks nearing cornice:

 

Bricks looking good already, but will look even better once they're cleaned:

 

Laying bricks around second floor, south side:

 

Looking down at chimney profile from second-floor level of scaffolding:

 

Slicing brick:

 

Nearing the top of the chimney:

 

Bricks finished. Awaiting thec himney cap:

 

Turret bricked:

 

Entry stairs bricks:

 

More Flemish bond brickwork:

 

Building the entry arch:

 

Entry arch complete:

 

Entry arch:

 

Palladin window brickwork:

 

Main gable bricks:

 

Nearing top of the main gable:

 

Min gable brickwork complete:

 

Washing bricks of main gable:

 

Flemish bond brick corbelling after washing:

 

Main front porch arch bricks layed out and numbered:

 

A completed front porch side arch with form still in place:

 

Finishing the front porch main arch:

 

All front porch arches complete:

 

Finishing front porch bricks:

 

Perfecting crawlspace door arch:

 

Bricking the front entry stairs:

 

Brick detailing:

 

Installing crawl space flood vents:

 

Smart crawl space vent in place:

 

Finishing brickwork on stairs:

 

For more masonry, see Stonework.

 

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