May 14, 2010MCM Home Improvement: Meanwhile Back At The Ranch……….
By Sablemable aka Jan
Last Friday, thanks to your help, readers, we decided to go with wrought iron railings on the front stoop. Today’s project is enclosing the area to the right of the front door, where the lovely vertical window and the awful porch light is located.
The main reason to enclose this space is to keep out the icy cold winter winds, which come through the thin paned window, into the coat closet and into the living room. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!! The second reason is that dastardly female whim of wanting something different.
I did some research on natural brick and stone veneers, something that me and Bob (hubby) could do ourselves. I found www.brickit.com and reviewed their products and installation directions.
Now mind you, the Brick-It products are all natural brick and stone sliced thin and not the artificial stuff that not only is cheaper in price, but cheap looking as well.
Here are two samples of Brick-It that I thought would go well with the existing brick.
There are loads of colors and textures that can be viewed on Brick-It’s web site and one can even request special colors. The bricks and stones are also insulated on the back side of the panels, which would really help with keeping the heating costs down.
Installation looks easy, even for the novice mason like myself. Bob knows enough about masonry to make up for my lack of experience. NOTE: You do not need any footings or supports to install the bricks. Here are the directions in a nutshell.
Fasten Brick-It panel to wall or substrate.
Add mortar to the joints.
Strike the joints for desired finish.
Prices weren’t listed on the web site, so I contacted them via email to have a representative ring me up.
And if any of you have had Brick-It or something similar installed on the exterior of your home, please tell me your experience with it.
Okay, gang! Fire away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!