another suburban facelift
in Vienna, Virginia

profile of window sill. Nailer for sill put on below.
Close up showing profile of window sill.
A two by four is ripped to define the rough shape.
Nailer for sill put on below window and metal lath nailed on.
sill is
              formed A gauge is
              made to set the height of the sill
After scratch coat on metal lath sets up, face of sill is formed by nailing up a one by four. A gauge is made to set the height of the sill. This is done instead of holding up a framing square and a tape measure.
The tool we
              made The
              surrounds on the side are grooved
The tool we made is notched to ride on the
one by. Top edge is filled with mortar and
tool is slid along to form top.
One by removed, the face side of sill filled. The surrounds on the side are
grooved for a pre-cast look.
jack arches
              and keystones keystone
If you have visited my site before, I'm sure you have seen how we do jack arches and keystones. The jack arch is formed by nailing furring strips to the profile.
This area is filled with more metal lath and 
The keystone is formed and filled
after the first projection sets up.
More lath is nailed up first for insurance that the mortar will never fall off, and then the keystone is filled flush with mortar.
Finish coat is light grey with fine

Real cement quoins
Quoins A simple
Quoins are formed with one by fours and furring strips. They are then filled with lath and mortar. Here Mynor uses a tool
he made to rod the quoins.
A simple tool is used to true up the outside corners of the quoins.
Quoins are
              waiting finish coat Finished
              quoins are taped off
Wood forms removed. Quoins are waiting finish coat. Finished quoins are taped off before 
finish coat is applied to the rest of the wall. Duct tape is used, but it is important that the duct taped is removed as soon as the wall is finished to avoid leaving adhesive residue on the quoins.
These cement details sure beat the flimsy foam they use on new houses,
like here (please click here)
              flashing counter
Counter flashing is nailed over step flashing at roof intersection. This is important to prevent leaks in the future. A profile of the counter flashing.
The ledge where my middle finger is is called a stucco stop.
The lath and stucco overlaps
the top flange and butts to the stucco stop. For more detail about flashing roofs, click here.