Chimney cap suggestions for a victorian?
Hello forum friends! I've been lurking for a while due to lack of funds. But things are picking up a bit and I can finally start to think of some rather urgent maintenance issues, like capping a chimney that currently takes in way too much water. The chimney is angled out below the roofline to make it look bigger above the roofline. The angled section tends to leak a little if we've had several days of steady rain, and I'd like to keep the chimney drier so this problem doesn't worsen.
So, we're capping the chimney on the right side of the photo, and I'd like to choose a cap appropriate for the house. Actually, I'd like to choose a cap appropriate for how the house will look when we've removed the siding, restored the woodwork, removed the 1st floor "ranch bay" windows and replaced with windows similar to the rest of the house, and rebuilt the enclosed front porch--I'm speechless on that one. Moving on...
Anyway, I'm starting at the top. Cost IS an issue. I'd love to do copper, but would stainless be a crime (everybody else on the street has stainless). What about the stainless that comes painted in a weathered copper color? And what style?
Note: I'm not trying to one-up my neighbors. There is only one other victorian on the street, and that one has a chimney you can't see from the front. I guess what I'm trying to say is, maybe stainless wouldn't be so bad, even if you would normally recommend copper for a victorian, given what will be around it.
Local company quoted $438.50 to install a run-of-the-mill 27" x 29" stainless cap. I think I'd rather choose my own cap and just pay for their labor.
Also, if you look closely, you'll see that the left chimney is a more ornate style, while the right one (the one I'm capping) is rather plain. It bugs me that the plain one is plain, and I sort of have it on my "someday" list, but way way down, to have it rebuilt in the style of the left chimney. Would you bother? I think it would be at least 2K. Right now, there are so many things above it on the list (like that porch!), and it's soooo high up you hardly ever see it.
I just feel like the current appearance of this house is the result of so many ill-informed compromises and decisions; I'd like to start making good choices and maybe reverse the process a bit :-).