Pouring Concrete on the Bond Beams

Here is the crucial and monumental moment when the bond beams are injected with concrete. As mentioned in previous posts, the bond beam is a horizontal structural element, usually found as an embedded part of a masonry wall assembly. The bond beam serves to impart horizontal strength to a wall where it may not otherwise…

The (James) Bond Beams

Bond beams are courses of block constructed with special units designed to receive horizontal reinforcement and grout. These units are used to integrate the horizontal reinforcement with vertical reinforcement bars in a reinforced masonry wall. Bond beams often are placed at regular intervals in the wall to permit placement of more reinforcement than would be…

The “Facial” Continues

Driving to Calistoga on a 68 degree sunny day is part of the joyful “chore” of the project. It is the best tasting “coffee” in the morning. This week the task of drilling holes thru the stone walls then inserting plastic tubes that are injected with epoxy continues. That is what the Rafael is doing…

Our love for old houses started with this Home

Over the course of 6 months, I have been asked about plans for the interior spaces of the Francis House. “It will be true to its French design but in a very casual, country laid-back style.” Inevitably the question segues to our home in San Francisco, another “restoration” of sorts (albeit in a smaller scale).…