Behind the Scenes of TOH TV with Kevin O’Connor House Exterior


Picture: Thanks to Kevin O’Connor.

Released July 15, 2015.

We were dealing with our most current TOH TELEVISION job, restoring.
the Victorian appeal to a house in Belmont, Massachusetts,.
integrateded 1895. Among the jobs the house owners asked for.
was to re-install the aged wrap-around patio that utilized to be.
component of your house.

We desired it to look genuine with true-to-time brick boat docks.
on the patio. The only unwrapped brick left on the residence was.
from the smokeshaft, and also we wished to match it as carefully as.
feasible. As we were taking a look at the brick, we viewed “S+H”.
etched on the top of it– which’s when our mason’s eyes.
illuminated. He realized the logo design as that of Stiles and also.
Hart, remembering that these are the bricks utilized at many of.
the historical federal government structures in Boston.


Picture: Thanks to Kevin O’Connor.

The Stiles and also Hart Brick Business was developed in 1886 in.
Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Ever since, it has actually undergone.
4 generations of hands and also is now run by Lincoln Andrews,.
whose great-grandfather purchased the business in the 1940s.
Stiles and also Hart bricks are discovered throughout Boston in both public.
and also suburbs– and also all bring the business’s unique.
“S+H” noting as an identifier.

We chose to phone the business, which is still in.
company, to find out more regarding the brick.

When it pertains to maintaining a brick genuine, these are the.
men to speak with. Fourth-generation-brick-maker Andrews states.
that Stiles and also Hart has the ability to deal with jobs carried out in the.
1600s and also the brand-new bricks will certainly match with the initial ones.


Picture: Thanks to Kevin O’Connor.

“Our bricks are definitely traditionally right,” Andrews states.
“We utilize the exact same regional clay, the exact same methods and also the exact same.
kinds of kilns. That’s exactly what contributes to the credibility of the.

As a matter of fact, the methods of making and also laying these bricks.
have actually hardly altered in the last 400 years and also baseding on.
Andrews, these brick are made in a five-step procedure:.

1. Mining (drawing out clay from the.
ground up)
2. Pugging (or preparing)
3. Developing
4. Drying out
5. Shooting.

New England has especially damp clay reserves, providing.
Stiles and also Hart an unique benefit in brick production.
“Many clay appears of the ground up completely dry like dust, however in New.
England it brings out 22 percent wetness in the clay,”.
Andrews states. In the market, this is called “soft mud,” and also.
it’s a lot easier to mold and mildew compared to common clay.

pile of Stiles and Hart Brick Company bricks

Picture: Thanks to Kevin O’Connor.

Formed brick is the procedure that makes bricks like snows,.
with special sizes and shapes. Shaped bricks are made.
separately and also will certainly diminish and also flex throughout the shooting.

Numerous contemporary brick manufacturers produce extruded bricks, which are.
cookie-cutter bricks that look precisely the exact same and also remove.
from the genuine appearance of a conventional brick wall surface– not.
something we would certainly desire for our period-style Victorian.

“They may be a little from square, or have a little chip.
in it … however you’re contributing to the visual of the wall surface,”.
Andrews states. “These are the important things that make it a genuine.
early american item.”.


Picture: Thanks to Kevin O’Connor.

The genuine kilns that Stiles and also Hart utilizes to terminate its.
bricks is exactly what provides these pavers that excellent red shade that.
brings completely with the brick instead of simply.
resting on the surface area. New England clay is understood for its.
iron oxide material, which likewise adds to the shade. That.
through-body shade indicates that also in the extreme New England.
weather condition, the shade will not discolor.

“That’s why we could tint suit with jobs done numerous.
years back,” Andrews states. “They might obtain dust on them, however.
when you cleanse it off that shade will certainly still exist.”.

If you wish to utilize period-appropriate bricks like these for.
your job, get in touch with Stiles and also Hart, or connect to your.
regional stonework.

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