Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Day 3: Brick Chimney Build

Posted on | July 26, 2010 | 21 Comments

On day three the chimney went up. It took them about five hours with three guys working on the roof and mixing mortar down on the ground. I can’t believe it went up so quick. We are really happy with the results. Below two guys building the chimney, mortar being mixed and put into buckets, and inside the chimney showing the four flues.

The only thing I wasn’t happy with was the brick detail trim two rows down from the top. I had no idea they were going to add this. I would have preferred it to be plain all the way up. (update: after a walk around town I realized everyone in the historic district has a very similar stepped styled detail.) But there is nothing I can really do about it after the mortar was dry. Lesson learned. Even though I don’t want to be a control freak homeowner I do need to have more detailed discussions with contractors. Always ask, ask, ask don’t assume.

Next on our list is getting estimates for individual chimney liners and a cap. Then, it’s a new roof.

If your looking for a mason on the North Shore of Boston we used Chris Powers. Super nice guy, quick, and took care not to destroy my garden.

Chris Power
(781) 631-1929
Marblehead, Ma






Related Posts:
Day 2: Removing Brick From Old Chimney
Day 1: Set Up
Starting Chimney Rebuild
Getting Estimates For Chimney Repair

Day 2: Removing Brick From Old Chimney

Posted on | July 22, 2010 | 3 Comments

The old chimney is gone! Well the top part at least. The old bricks came down pretty quick. Our mason started at 8 am by 10 it was completely gone. It was quite amusing to be making coffee in the kitchen with bricks falling like rain outside the window. Our second floor den and fireplace are filled with dust and small bricks. By noontime the bricks were loaded onto his truck and taken away.

While all this was going on Greg was out sailing for the day. After spending the last two years doing all the renovation work ourselves it was amazing to be able to pay someone else to do the work. So luxurious…

After lunch the mason came back with a truck full of dirt which he separated out into buckets. All the new bricks were brought up onto the roof. Tomorrow he starts the rebuild. Below photos and a short video of the demolition.









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