We continue to plug away at projects at Firefly Cottage! We’re trying to focus on the ones that we need external help with, which includes repair to some bricks on the exterior of the house. There was some spalling on the upper section of the chimney, as well as some not-well-sealed-anymore spots at the chimney cap. Those are all fixed now, hooray! We also had our mason work on the front steps, which were in need of some patching, some mortar repair, and a big thing of replacing the pad on the front steps.
I stupidly forgot to take a photo before they got started, but you can kind of see in this photo from last year that the central pad was pitted and cracked and sunken in some areas, so it needed to be replaced.
Here’s the front steps with the main pad removed.
And here it is with new concrete! It looks so much better, and it a lot safer for walking on. It also contains a lot more structure than it used to – the rebar on the original installation was pretty wimpy and minimal, so it should be more durable over the next 75 years than it was in the past 75.
We also had some patching on the steps for bricks that were spalling. The type of bricks we have aren’t easy to find, so replacing them wasn’t really an option. With a little weathering, these will blend right in. I’m really pleased to have this all fixed! Now that the outside of the chimney is fixed, we need to get the insides cleaned and make sure the flues are in good repair (even though we aren’t planning to use the fireplaces for fires due to my allergies, we want to know that they’re safe and operational). This type of project is really not very glamorous, but it makes up for it in peace of mind!