Cate Co, here are the photos you asked to see. I seem to have trouble taking photos of the house when the sun is shining. Today it was cloudy and still trouble!
They have almost finished bricking the house. Working on the arches under back veranda today. The mortar coating won't be brushed on for 2 weeks. There is a sample of the color in one of the photos - brick isn't finished nicely in that photos since dirt will be pushed up to wall edge.
The stonemason's did a fantastic job! Thank you Marlin, Craig, Mike, et al. We capped the retaining walls with 2" thick flagstone. Front veranda was also done in the same stone, but a little thinner.
The brickmasons are also THE best! Thank you Phillip, Todd, Joe, Phillip, Mike, Charlie, et al.
My DH is trying to convince me to leave the brick 'as is' and not wash...but it totally looses the look I'm going after. The back of the house is beautiful, as is. Looks like an English Tudor. But the front, with the stone is suppose to have the european cottage look - without the brick washed it just doesn't work for me. (Opinions/comments will be appreciated.)
The retaining wall with the stone columns isn't dried. The section closest to the camera has been gone over with a 'stone' to knock off extra mortar. The rest of wall will also receive this treatment.
Notice how we chose not to do limestone lintels over the windows and used the same stone as the Carriage House. The brickmason's did a great job on this too!
Also notice the copper chimney. My GC jokes that the price of a penny has gone up to 2cents since I have so much copper on the roof!
I will miss everyone when they are gone! I have enjoyed watching them work their magic!
Here is a link that might be useful: New Photos