Archive for April, 2011

April 26th, 2011 - 9:19 pm § in Blog Posts, Masonry

Brick and bluestone steps in West Newton

We’re demoing a set of brick steps and replacing with brick and bluestone. The house is brick so we’ll be using matching brick which we’ve found at Pirolli’s. The original brick are from the New England Brick Yard which is no longer in business. We’re using a Stiles �[...]

April 18th, 2011 - 6:39 pm § in Blog Posts, Carpentry, Construction

deck construction – the ‘minor’ details for a major difference

Here are some important components of any deck project. All licensed contractors should follow these important steps which are, at least in Massachusetts, minimum code requirements. Always hire a licensed contractor and make sure they pull permits so you are guaranteed a long lasting deck to enjoy.[...]

April 11th, 2011 - 1:25 pm § in Blog Posts, Carpentry, Concrete, Drainage, Masonry

Basement finishing in Cambridge

Over the next few weeks we’ll be transforming this 120 year old basement with dirt floor and tree trunks as support columns into a finished workspace for a hydroponics professional. The existing floor to ceiling height varies from between 5’8 to 6’2″. We’re going to be [...]

April 8th, 2011 - 8:00 pm § in Blog Posts, Carpentry, Construction

Porch installation in Waltham

This week we’re taking apart an existing front porch made with pressure treated wood and replacing it with a mahogany and cedar porch. We removed the decking boards and railings and found the framing construction not up to today’s building code requirements so we removed the floor joists[...]

April 1st, 2011 - 12:38 pm § in Blog Posts, Concrete, Masonry

Stucco siding – parging concrete walls