Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Somehow, something has changed

Does something look different to you in the photo at left? Maybe something is missing perhaps?

Yes, that's right the awning is gone! In a previous post I alluded to what the future held for our aluminum awning. I'll explain why we removed it now in this post.

The sides of the building are being tuckpointed this week and boy is that a messy job. Even with the windows and doors shut tight, grinding out the mortar joints creates such incredible dust it has left a film on parts of our wood floors.

My entire garden looked like pig pen for the past few days. Steve mercifully watered it and washed off alot of the dust before I could get home and see it.

Back to the awning though. We are having the tuckpointers fill all the holes where the awning was bolted in and clean up a few areas of the brick. We would have had to take it off for the French doors anyway and now we realize once we repair the brick, we can't very well put it back. We will be awning-less until we get our new cloth awnings- probably towards the end of the project.

Since our awning is aluminum and metal prices are thru the roof, we figured it wouldn't take long for someone to grab it. It was left next to our new and bigger dumpster in front of the house. It took only a few hours until some enterprising soul quietly loaded it on their car while we non-chalantly ate dinner inside our house.

Nice tie job.

4 comments:

jm@houseinprogress said...

The one of the MANY, MANY reasons I love Chicago.

jm@houseinprogress said...

Whoops! I posted too soon! I also meant to say that the 2-Flat is looking good!

Maggie said...

Who did your tuckpointing? We're looking for a chicago tuckpointer? Would you recommend yours or no?

Jocelyn said...

Hi Maggie,
We actually were not too keen on our tuckpointer- crabby and in a bit of a rush we thought.

May I suggest looking on This Old House.com? They have a list that includes a very good Chicago company though I forgot the name at the moment!

Good luck!