Photos from Mid-February – March

After much waiting, the fireplace and bake oven area is in process by Bonin and Son Masonry out of Belfast.

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Ready to pour the slab.

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The slab required nearly a yard of concrete delivered by truck (and moved up the last part of the driveway by wheelbarrow because there was still enough slush/ice on the driveway to prevent the truck from backing in all the way.)

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There was about a weeks wait for the restoration brick to arrive even though they were ordered several weeks ago.  The restoration bricks are smaller (mostly thinner) than modern bricks and since they are somewhat of a specialty item, they are not always readily available.  Some of the layout below was determined using a few restoration bricks that I had left over from other work, along with some regular bricks where the dimensions weren’t critical.

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Bake oven layout on the slab.  There was a lot of juggling between trying to get a nice oval shape, maintaining required clearances, and having a workable opening.  We’re trying to get a minimum of 8″ of solid masonry everywhere around the bake oven to maintain enough mass for good heating, but leaving enough room for 2-4″ of roxul insulation to minimize heat loss from the oven through the rest of the masonry.

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Start of the fireplace/hearth after the restoration bricks arrived.

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Work on the fireplace firebox will continue next week.

Some work other than the masonry has also happened since the last photos, including finally building a rolling assembly table for the workshop to allow the workbench to truly function as a work area, with the rolling table available for organizing pieces and providing extra non-workbench space for assembling things.  This has made for much more efficient use of space in finishing the remaining kitchen cabinet and bathroom cabinet doors.  (No photos, yet.)

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The facing for the built-ins in our bedroom have also been completed, and the drawers for the built-in are in process.  Even without the doors completed (low priority) this space will be fully functional shortly.

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