:: Heaving Brick
Eighty-seven years of freeze-thaw cycles have certainly taken their toll on the decorative and structural brick columns incorporated into our home’s front porch design. We knew the columns would need to be addressed at some point, but we didn’t realize how bad things were until we removed two overgrown yews situated between the columns. The yews not only obscured most of the damage, they also contributed to that damage by holding moisture against the brick and making the heaving worse over the years.
Sometimes Pearson House graces us with unexpected gifts, such as the $4,000 sprinkler system we didn’t know was both present and functional. Other times Pearson House curses us with more problems, such as the $4,000 it’s going to take to repair these columns and get our house closer to looking like a historic Craftsman home that is well-loved, well-cared for and well-maintained.
Four months into owning the home, my husband and I are largely able to roll with whatever Pearson House decides to offer up. We’re also doing our best to enjoy living here despite any issues we encounter. Each day, in large and small ways, things are getting better at Pearson House. And, best of all, love lives inside these walls — despite the brickwork crumbling around us.