|Assuming Charlie's Dad is in front of their cottage,|
Ours is the one to the right of the tall scrawny tree.
The B.F. Masonry crew was on site bright and early with pallets of block to be transformed into a basement. And the work went quickly.
|The first step was to make measurements and accurately locate the corners,|
and lay out the first course of block.
|Many, many wheelbarrows of mortar were mixed.|
|I was able to look down on the work from a window in the cottage.|
|Add a few leaves to those trees and bushes and it would look like a warm summer day.|
But the wind over the lake made things quite cold.
I was told that "inland" it was a very pleasant day.
|You can see how the shadow of the cottage kept the crew in shade almost all of the day.|
|There was a little bit of sun in the morning.....if you were working in just the right spot.|
|By late morning the work moved up from the ground to scaffolds.|
|No matter what else may have changed in construction, concrete block needs to be laid|
One -- At -- A -- Time.
|The windows were first placed to locate the block openings before sills and angle iron were placed.|
|Two "L-shaped" pieces of steel were embedded in the block above the window.|
|Two special cuts needed to be made in every row of block -- one on each side of the door.|
This created the rough opening into which the carpenter will frame the entry door.
It was a good day....ending a very good week.
|The east wall was the last to be completed. The opening is for an entry door.|
|This angle gives a good idea of how the addition will fit with the existing structure.|