Dumped in my driveway were two very large dump trailers-full of
masonry and dirt. The debris came from a portion of
building that was tore down in town.
Of the huge amount of debris were salvaged 2 types of brick; all
were solid brick with the exception of about 100 figure 8
I could make this into a closet, or a place to put the trash...I
could put a portapotty in there, shelving, shoes, chickens...the
options were abounding.
When I awoke I had this
brilliant idea to add a seat
(that's the ugly concrete filled thing on the right).
But it dawned on me....what an incredible
of otherwise usable
So I spent the rest of the evening digging it all back out.
Vanquish the seat idea,
indoor Grill, a place for dry sauna rock things, or a place to
imprison the capitalists.
Behind that wicker thing at
the base of the wall are two weep holes. Basically, weep
holes allow for drainage.
The weep holes allow the stream of water that comes from
under the garage door every now and then to pass through to the
drain on the other side of the wall.
The water is drawn to the area where the weep holes are because of
the floor's pitch.
On the other side of that wall is the drain for the garage, hence
The brick shown here are being installed in 3/4 bond fashion on
their faces rather than their beds (providing increased square
footage in living space at the expense of wall strength). To make
up for the vulnerability are added corners and wing walls .
The wall is tied into the
existing studs behind the drywall by metal wall ties (which go into
the brick bed joints).
The overall length to the back wall is 16 feet (as the crow
flies south); However, outside dimensions are over 24 linear
feet in length measured one-side.
Since there's no more mortar left .... it's Watermelon Time (fresh
from the garden)!
Moving furniture around to get a feel of where things might go.
This last picture is showing pre-figure 8 wall addition