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.