The outside of the fireplace is complete….not without a few problems. They got twelve feet up and we really didn’t like it at all. We tried to. But after thinking about it for a few hours we made the decision to knock it down and start all over. I felt terrible, but ultimately we are going to be the ones looking at it.
The rock guys were really great about it, and I spent the next morning watching every rock get placed and telling them how I wanted it. Honestly I felt like a jerk. But that was the way to get it how I wanted it. I wanted it to look like it had been there forever. Our builders advised us not to dry stack the outside of the fireplace because it allows more rain to sit on the rock and potentially get into the house. But we wanted the actual lay of the rock to look like what the dry stacked will look like in the house. And on the pillars. After about three feet the guys had it! And I love how it ended up. There were a few cases of Mexican beer bought to keep everyone happy. And the guys really worked with us to give us what we wanted. I do think they thought I was a bit crazy and were questioning my “style” but I think it worked. The one man spoke English well, and when I decided I didn’t want the mortar swept he explained it to the other man and this man just squeaked and said something fast in Spanish….. I am quite sure it was “this lady is nutty”.
The rock is mostly Tennessee stone, with some Smokey mountain and Silvermist rock. (I don’t know where the Silvermist comes from). I didn’t think to ask. The Tennesse is my favorite. And of course the most expensive…..so we did save some money by mixing it with the lesser expensive rock. Which was important as this part of the fireplace is about 36 feet tall.
Now the painters are hard at work as well as the roofers. The outside of the house is very close to being finished.
Thanks for reading, have a great day H.