Concrete & Masonry
A Mashup of traditional architecture, modern technology, and good old gravity
A snowball effect of physics vs. physical structures: water carries salt to the surface of masonry, which crystallizes and can blow apart its masonry host.
Just because they call it mud doesn’t mean it behaves like dirt and water
The iconic brick layer’s trowel had found a new use.
"In order to maximize the buildable area on the infill lot, we had to go fairly deep and do some extensive shoring."
—Dan Whitmore of Hammer & Hand
Scouting photos for an upcoming video shoot covering moment frame, walls, foundation, and rim joists.
Long rods, a BIG drill, oversize washers, and an enormous wrench unbuckle a badly bowed wall. Notice the lack of 'excavator' on the list?
Direct the heat toward the feet
Letting the brick dry evenly is the key for old masonry walls that want to leak less energy
The demo digs deep into the house to repair the rubble foundation and rework the workflow
Being safety conscious doesn't make you a sissy.
You can't stop heat flow, but you can keep your floor from becoming a big ol' heat sink