tell me I am seeing this wrong

Is there not supposed to be a lintel to support the brick above this porch?

Need a closer view. I do see weep holes up there. I would be surprised if they aren’t over a lintel.

You would think they would have the sense to put one in! If not a steel lintel, what is holding up all that weight? How would it be possible to build it without one?

Is it a new construction? Any cracking?

looks like a brick faced stucco…
not a veneer brick…
(area around windows is the clue)

that’s good ol’ TX brick veneer
it’d be way too labor intensive/costly to get texture irregularities and the p-poor layout on stucco/eifs

if there is a supporting shelf angle it’s hidden based on pic
those slivers above the soldier course head are also wrong

Yes there were weep holes. That was the odd part. But even a closer view would not reveal any sign of a lintel. This was a 350-400k home from a nationally known builder.

I would think that there is lintel bolted on to a LVL or paralam that is carrying the floor system above. They are using the ceiling to conceal the underside of the lintel. Looks like there may be a piece of trim at the edge.

If you can’t see the lintel through the weep holes, I would call out that I can’t see/verify the presence of the lintel and let the builder prove its existence. I even call it out if I can’t see flashing over the lintel on new const.

Not a bad brick job. Again I might say double Wyeth. CMU and Brick, iron beam building.
You measure the wall width at the opening.

I suspect a lintel may be welded or anchored.

See the weeps?
That’s a nice job. Expansion, relief joints and the window veneer bond looks great.

Sorry for the edit.

Possibly bolted to the wall and concealed by the porch ceiling.
Call it out as “inable to determine…”

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I do not know if a HI should call this out.
Do not scar away the buyer and have the real estate agents unnecessarily question your report without fact.
LIMITATION: “Unable to deterring the entry way lintel material.”
Is there something under the soldier brick" Remember masonry orientation. makes a richer reporting narrative.
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NOTE: I SUSPECT; The underside to the cantilevered room or entryway component has been covered with concrete board which in-turn covered the ability to view the lintel.
5 will get you 10 there’s a lintel. That’s if I was a betting man.:wink:

The concrete board hides the mixed materials underneath and when finished properly with the right exterior coating the system prevents water, weather and air migration from entering the walled and flooring that surround it and lasts a long time. “maintenance” Insure that enters your reports.

I am being hypothetical not having watched it being installed.
All the best. Good recommendation.

They were smart enough to install lintels over the windows. I would bet the mortar joint between the bottom row of bricks and the soffit material is hiding the steel lintel.

And there is another way, where you notch the soldier brick to hide the lintel, but can’t find the details right now.

I concur Marcel.

I do not like brick rowlock sills unless they are installed like this. I would much prefer sold material, Concrete, stone or if I had to and was replacing them due to ware, Gold. I would not charge them mind you to replace them with concrete sills and would dispose of the sills free of charge.:wink: hay, I am not that greedy.

It looks technically right at the weakest intersections.Wall opening. Looks like a good job.

here ya go Bro’ pg. 7

Thanks Barry. Yep Lip Brick works. :slight_smile:

Don’t you give us any LIP Marcel!:mrgreen:

Has anyone witnessed or preformed this on residential?
I have only preform this building style and practice for a short time in the mid 1980’s.
man do I feel old saying that.
Thanks for the info…

Yes, but more often than not on Commercial. I was a Mason foreman for awhile in the mid-seventies. :slight_smile: