With the complex curves
of the base courses of limestone block in place, the DIRTCO
crew begins the challenging task of placing the steel headers
for each "window" opening and placement of iron gates.
Each opening is framed with Millcreek limestone which requires
much more effort and skill to size and shape.
The bottom sill is
flanked by to columns of the stone and capped with more Millcreek.
The rows of large blocks are stopped short of the openings to
make room to work on the columns.
With the top row of
limestone blocks in place over the openings, the center section
of the wall nears completion. The iron gate to be located in the
driveway requires special considerations. The homeowner needs to
be able to get off the street while the gate opens.
The limestone blocks
and Millcreek stone create a beautiful contrast in size and color.
The earthy tones change as the sun moves across the sky, while the
undulating curve softens the appearance of the wall and accents