Oct 4 - blocks have filled in the access space that had been left for moving gravel and concrete to the basement. You can see a dusting of concrete spray on the Tyvek.
Oct 4 - this is the block for future sump pump drains. A temporary drain hose serving the new pump is at left. The pipe at right serves the existing sump pump.
Oct 4 - block for the east hose bib. These "blocks" are made to stand out far enough that they'll be flush with the stone water table or siding.
Oct 4 - supplies staged for electrical work
Oct 4 - materials have been delivered for the stone water table that will go on two sides of the family room
Oct 4 - stone water table materials. They've been selected to match the existing water table (left background) as closely as possible. The silver stuff, called weep screed, goes beneath the stone to prevent moisture retention.
The "sills" that will form the top of the water table
The "flats" that will go beneath the horizontal "sill" of the water table
Weep screed and masonry cement
Oct 4 - siding on the left and exterior trim on the right
A synthetic lumber product used for exterior trim
The siding is a product called HardiePlank. It's flexible and paintable, and has concrete as one of its ingredients.
HardiePlank, end detail
The chrysanthemums along the back walk are volunteers from last year. They put on a glorious show for having had no care this year except a bit of water.
Oct 4 - Jeremy getting ready to unload the new exterior doors
Oct 4 - Rick and Jeremy unloading the second door
Exterior door detail
Oct 5 - the new back door has been hung
Back door detail
Oct 5 - new back door with partial hardware, inside view
Oct 5 - old and new back doors. The old door had only one layer of glass and little insulation value (but hey, that didn't matter in the 1950s!).
A few days ago this old back doorknob broke right off!
Oct 5 - Steve has taken down the old front door and is preparing to hang the new one
Oct 5 - taking out the last remnants of the old front door
Header for the new front door
Oct 5 - the old front door exits through the new back door
Oct 5 - new front door with partial hardware
Oct 5 - Jeremy getting ready to hoist the old front door into the dumpster
Oct 5 - the end of a door trim era!