That installation is still a point of pride for us. Working with Alan, we feel like we got a high-quality job and we made a decision about the house that is going to outlast us, benefiting future owners. After all, we have a little bit of a legacy here, as indicated by this inscription that I found on the chimney cap this weekend, indicating that it was competed in August 1949. The inscription pairs up with another we found at the base of the chimney, which is marked Thanksgiving 1949.
Earlier this fall there was a rainstorm and water got in along the chimney. I had suspected that a stone chimney is really hard to protect from the elements, and since the Hawksbill Cabin was built in an era before codes guided construction, we figured we’d just be dealing with whatever nature handed us. So water gets in during storms – hopefully it’s not enough to do any significant damage to the interior or the structure of the house.
Mary called Alan to take a look at what had been causing periodic leaks like this one, and he was able to come out this weekend. He found a few spots where the seals around the flashing had opened up a little bit, enough to allow driven rain to get through and run down the walls. He was ready with silicone caulking to correct the situation, taking care of us very quickly.