|A couple weeks ago, Steve built the base in the corner of the new living area.|
|Saturday morning, we stapled tar paper on the walls...|
|The next step was to nail mesh screening to the tar paper. This helps the mortar stick to the wall, which is the next step.|
|Setting the bottom stone before mixing the mortar. As you can see, we had one more little spot on the wall to finish, too. |
We put down tar paper under the stone, but we don't think it was really necessary.
It was fun putting the mortar on the walls. Fun in a sloppy, messy way. Kind of like playing in the mud. Not as much fun was lifting the heavy stones & bags of mortar.
I started laying out all the river rock by color (tan, brown, reddish, light gray, dark gray & black) so we can decide how we want to place them. We have a piece of Styrofoam on the floor the size of the wall & thought we might place them there first to see how we like it. I think it will be fun once we get a few up. After the rock is in place, we will use a large pastry bag to fill in between the rock. The guys at Center Stove & Fireplace will be coming the week after this to install the stove. Hope we get it all done. If not, we can always fill in between the rock when the wood stove is in. Just won't be as easy to work around it.
We have been talking about getting this done for three years. It is so fulfilling (and exciting!) to be getting to this point.
|Evergreen Grass Band |
|The VO5 Disco Band from Madison|