Concrete Houses, How They Were Built; Articles Descriptive of Various Types of Concrete Houses, and the Details of Their Construction

Concrete Houses, How They Were Built; Articles Descriptive of Various Types of Concrete Houses, and the Details of Their Construction

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...the new surface coat poured in between the mold and rough body. This was allowed to set well before the molds were removed. When they finally were removed, the surface of the molded cornice had become part of the solid mass of the porch. It was then rubbed in its more delicate portions with carborundum and tooled with the tooling machine in the larger plain surfaces. The corner pilasters and the architrave moldings over the little arches were cast on the floor in molds, reinforced, lifted to position, thoroughly wet and fastened to the rough structure with cement mortar. The columns are from plaster molds made from a turned wood model. They were reinforced and set into position and tooled. Spandrel panels were then molded about 1" thick, reinforced, and the surface finished with broken colored glass so incorporated into the cement that the surface was entirely level, the glass particles giving the appearance of mosaic work. These panels were set up into place on the rough body of the porch with cement mortar. The appearance of these panels with the glass aggregate can only be appreciated when seen. No photographs can picture their brilliancy and sparkle and richness of color. They have none of the cheap appearance of the glass work that is sometimes seen, in which broken pieces of glass and pottery are embedded in the surface of stucco. These particles of glass are set absolutely flush with the surface. This same glass surface was adopted for the ceiling of the porch, so that when the central light of the porch was lit it would give sparkle to the entire ceiling. Usually the cost of roof construction like this is very high, on account of the forms necessary to build in its construction. This roof, although it is beautifully panelled and rich...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236645693
  • 9781236645692