|After the brown coat has set up, sills are formed using
2x4's. The 2 by on the bottom is
ripped at a 30 degree angle on a table saw. Forms are nailed to the wall using ramset pins.
It is important here to leave the heads of the nails sticking out a little. When the 2 by on the
bottom is removed, the nails need to be removed first, then the wood dropped down to avoid breaking the edge.
|Metal lath is nailed on and a scratch coat put
on and allowed to set overnight. The metal lath and rough scratch coat is insurance that my sill will never fall off.
|One by four is screwed to the wood blocks
1 inch below the level of the window. Mortar is
stuffed in and struck off flush.
|A view of the same thing. The top is angled when we put on the finish.|
|Forms removed, sill ready for the finish coat.
Note the nice angle and the bottom pointing down.
|Color is put on sills first. Top is angled and
finished just below the small drip on the bottom of the window.
| Temporary gutters and down spouts are put on to prevent
excessive fading of the color. These California colors will bleed and fade
when torrents of water run down the wall.
See the window wall in the background ? Read on to see how we did it.
|Outside corner strip is aligned with the back wall using a string line. Edge of wall is formed using a 2 by. Since we can't nail to the window mullion, two by four is supported using these kickers.|
|Wall is browned and straightened to the 2 by four. Later, when the form is removed, the hole left by the kicker is filled in. This avoids the use of metal trim. The wall looks better and lasts longer without metal trim.||Back of house showing bay window.|
|Our typical "wash". Mortar is curved down over
stone sill at the water table for good water run-off, and a tighter seal at the back of the stone. Note how sill is angled down for good water run-off. This also looks cool, because
you can tell the wall is stucco and not the fake
|A view of the columns over the garage.
This was a big house for us.
Enough for now. Please check back next update.