Having an opportunity to be a part of my grandfather, Jack Weir’s adobe home legacy has been a blessing in many ways. One of which, is the heritage that goes along with the business. Each adobe home seems to have a story behind it that goes well beyond the brick and mortar. One of the easiest ways to show just how esteemed these homes were and are, is by citing the names of the homeowner’s themselves. Here are just a few names of families and individuals that sought out the expert building techniques of the Weir Bros. in the times of Adobe. Fouts (as in Dan Fouts of the Chargers), Delorean, (as in Delorean automobiles, if you’re unfamiliar, see Back to the Future), Osterizer (yes, that thing that blends your smoothies), Fleet (hint: there is a space museum named after him in San Diego), and many many more. And then there are less known owners like Bud Hotchkiss, the head FBI investigator on the Marilyn Monroe case, who had his very own interesting theories on how her passing actually occurred. The properties are positively covered with unique story telling opportunities and conversation pieces, items that will be tough to come across in a 1998 tract home. All said, the Weir Brothers worked with some of the most colorful people of San Diego’s history, and they themselves, Larry and Jack, were amongst the colorful.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention, if that’s the case, opportunity might be it’s stepfather. Jack Weir’s first adobe was built out of bricks that he procured through a business deal gone bad, and look at what happened. It was the start of an empire of innovation, changing the way the housing market looked and felt in San Diego county for good. He was given a handful of lemons and ended up making some fine lemonade. Next time that you think you’ve been dealt a bad hand, think about the best way that you can play it, I think you’d be surprised to see where you can go with it!
For More information on Adobe Homes, Adobe Homes for Sale, Adobe Real Estate, Adobe Remodel, Adobe Home Information, or Weir Brothers Adobe, please contact me, my info is on the contact page!
Need Bricks-Here’s Where You Get Them
RCP Block & Brick
Adobe costs roughly $3.50 per brick (4x4x16)
577 N. Vulcan Ave, Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone: (760) 753-1164
75 N. 4th Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Phone: (619) 474-1516
1070 W. Mission Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: (760) 480-9696
8240 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945
Phone: (619) 460-9101
25725 Jefferson Avenue, Murrieta, CA 92562
Phone: (951) 677-1489
8755 Magnolia Avenue, Santee, CA 92071
Phone: (619) 448-2240
For more information regarding Adobe Homes, Adobe Real Estate, Adobe Remodeling, Adobe Repair, etc. in San Diego, North County San Diego, Encinits, Escondido, Cardiff, Pauma Valley, Valley Center, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and surrounding areas, please contact me at your convenience, info on contact page.
*All information on this post provided by www.rcpblock.com
I stumbled across an awesome article about the Weir Bros. and their adobe homes written in 1989 by Tom Gorman, staff writer for the LA Times. It's called Built to Last: Adobe's Still in Style for Builder to Rich and Famous. It highlights the progression of Weir Bros. Adobe endeavors and more dating back to the 1940's.
To read the full article, click the link below:
For more information about Adobe Homes, Adobe Real Estate, or really all things adobe in the Southern California, feel free to reach out to me, you can find my info on the contact page!
One of the first questions, and obviously a pertinent one, that I bump into when helping people with their Adobe Homes is, “how do you make the bricks.” So, in an effort to keep all the Adobe lovers out there informed, I thought I’d run through the ingredients and the process really quick.
The Weir Bros. Adobe bricks were made up of a few simple ingredients…
Either on site, or in one of the brickyards, adobe artisans would create a base mixture of:
1 Part Emulsified Asphalt & 12 Parts Water
They would then add a mixture of Loamy sand and clay to the base until they achieved a solid enough consistency to sit in the form without running.
Quick explanation on Loamy Sand and Clay: Most people think that Adobe bricks are comprised solely of clay, but it is actually a mixture of the two components and emulsified asphalt that gives them the stability to withstand the elements. Loamy sand was the ideal component for adobe bricks as it is readily found all over the Southern California Region, i.e. Escondido, Pauma Valley, Valley Center, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Cardiff, the list goes on. The right mixture of the two is extremely important as with too much sand, bricks would crumble, and with too much clay, bricks would crack as they shrink. The emulsified asphalt makes the bricks water resistant (no other water or weather treatments are recommended, they do not interact well with the emulsified asphalt and cause increased degradation.)
Diesel oil would be spread on the perimeter of the Adobe Brick forms to prevent the edges of the bricks from sticking to the form when the bricks were being removed.
Southwest Style: A white stucco finish and colorful Spanish tiles give this outdoor fireplace an authentic appearance.Read More