On a recent project, I was called in to
find an appropriate treatment for some
deteriorating cellar windows. A local
mason working on the house had
already tried one solution—corrugated
galvanized window-well unit; but foundation
stones below grade kept him
from installing the well to its full
depth. Instead, he left 6 to 10 inches
sticking up above grade.
The shiny galvanized finish didn't fit
in with the 150-year-old Cape Cod
house. The effect was so jarring we all
stopped to see if we could come up
with something more appropriate. This
meant taking a closer look at what was
causing the problem.
We noticed that rainwater runoff
from the roof was causing several problems.
The soil was eroding