|Progress on the left wall, and that column is getting tall|
|all those bricks on the stairs|
|First course, step 3|
|You can see the luan in the upper knee wall. The cat approves.|
|had to re-up the brick supply|
|built the forms for the upper knee walls|
During the week we got plenty of rain, so I was in the shed for some woodworking. The columns are going to be at least 36" above the floor, then I'm going to pour the same cap as the knee walls. On top of this I'm going to fasten a wooden cap, so I made those to be exactly square, clean, and routed the top edge. This also means I need to sink J-bolts into the cap to fasten these toppers. On top of the toppers, a 6x6 post to support the roof framing rims, and outside of that I'll use 1" stock to form tapered craftsman style columns. So the position of the J-bolts is crucial. Also, these need to get primed and painted on all sides before installing.
|Column toppers made from 2x8 pine, edge glued|
This past weekend was sunny and in the low 60's in Raleigh. It was the perfect environment to be outside working with my hands. Saturday 1/5 I got down 12 bags of concrete (that's almost 1000 lbs) including the caps for the upper knee walls.
|Cap for the left upper knee wall|
|Right upper knee wall is capped. It runs into the post|
|backfill behind step 3 course 1|
that's a lot of concrete! Almost half a ton today. So far I've got about 6000 lbs of concrete in this porch all together. When it's all said and done I bet it will be close to 4 tons. Mind you, I mix all of this stuff by hand with a wheelbarrow and a mortar hoe, besides the footer for the block wall that we rented a mixer to pour.
Sunday was all brick, got 6 bags of mortar in there, around 40 bricks per bag.
|Standing on the upper knee wall. Yes, in shorts in January in NC|
|This turned out great, much better than I expected|
|Right upper knee wall|
|all poured and clean|
|Left wall is almost done. 2 more courses plus a brick and a half on the left|
|The columns are at their final height|
|Got the edge bricks set for Step 3|
|I just love this look|
|Go Tigers! I'm watching Clemson win the national championship in Football right now|
Next, I can finish off the left wall, build the forms for the 2 posts, fill the posts & caps (with J-bolts), and finish the steps. Then start building the rest of the wall to the right of the center post including the 3rd and final post. Mentally, I am so ready to be done laying brick and get into the roof framing on this project! I wanted to finish the brickwork over my vacation. Next weekend they are talking about snow here. Maybe by MLK weekend I can finish this stuff for good.
but I love the look of what I've gotten finished so far.