GOOD MASONRY LOOKS GREAT AT ALL SEASONS

Posted February 8th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Brick Walls, Concrete, Masonry Services, Stone

Mosher Dolan Building

Even though it is winter time and the vines on the building do not have leaves on them and it is a cloudy day this project still looks beautiful.  This building in Birmingham Michigan is great at its worst.  Victor Saroki and Associates designed this building for Mosher Dolan Cataldo and Kelly.  It is a combination of variegated  gray and buff limestone on the front portion and brick on the larger piece.

Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc.  installed all the limestone on this project including the concrete curbing in the rear of the building.

COMPLETE MASONRY CONSTRUCTION

Posted January 22nd, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in bluestone, Concrete, Masonry Services, Patio, Stone

This may look like just a very nice raised patio that has some nice stone work and a nice railing.  However it is much more than that.  It is a patio that was originally a very unusable part of the owners yard.  It also has a storage room underneath.  John Lyndsay Mayer the landscape architect designed this contemporary terrace with switch back steps that lead to another patio at ground level.

First this required a large amount of excavation.  Then it required the foundations to be installed.  Then the room was built with concrete blocks after which a steel deck was installed for concrete to be poured over the top.  After that the stone work started.  The paving stone was put on pedestals which means the paving is level yet the water flows through the joints to a sloped concrete pad underneath then down a hidden drain.  This was not easy as it had to work around the lights and the railings.  Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc.  works very well with John Mayer.  He is a very involved landscape architect and has a strong desire to line up certain elements.  As you can see the landscape is a big part of this project as well.  The plantings almost seem bigger than life.  When taking on a project like this I would make sure to be very selective with the contractor that you choose

Architectural Concrete in Brimingham MI

Posted February 10th, 2012 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Concrete

The ramp shown was built with the coordination of many trades and materials.  First a perimeter footing was dug and poured.  Then the wiring came in for the up lighting.  After that the forms were built to the specific shape of the ramp.  That allowed the lights to be wired in to be poured in place.

The pour was challenging as the concrete wants to flow down the ramp naturally.  So keeping the integral curbs filled and making sure all areas were vibrated required the most effort.

Upon completion of the pour the exposed face was then bush hammered and the stainless low profile reveal was installed and caulked into place.

The result is a statement of architecture that compliments the design of the car as well as the downtown setting.

FRONT PORCH “WOW!”

Posted February 4th, 2012 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Concrete, Porches, Stone

Irregular Stone Walkway

When you walk up to this stone walk and porch all you can say is “WOW!”   It is not a huge over sized porch that makes you unsure how friendly the owner is.  It is  a warm statement of beauty that is exciting to come upon.  You are immediately excited to meet the owner and can take in a beautiful visual as you wait for someone to come to the door.

You might even just enjoy coming home to this porch and going in your own front door.  There is nothing wrong with improving your entrance for your own benefit.

The right company can do the demo of the old porch and the installation of the new.  Ask for references and photos of jobs complete.  Do not trust someone that cannot provide either.  Also make sure to request a proof of workmen’s compensation and liability insurance.  It would be a terrible hardship to hire a company to replace your porch and an employee of theirs gets hurt and looks to you for damages.  Another horrible situation is if during the course of the improvements your property is damaged the contractor just walks away.  A professional will have proper insurance and not be afraid to prove it.

Bringing It All Together

It is so important to get everyone to work to one goal of completing a project.  If there is no communication or coordinating of the efforts everyone will selfishly attempt to get there work done without caring how the whole project looks at the end.  That is why having an experienced team of professionals can make all the difference in the world.

When every one cares about what the end result is than you can be assured it will be much better than when the opposite takes place.  Take the time to really look at the success of a contractor with other trades before hiring the low number who cannot come up with one single reference.  That is what it takes to “Bring it all Together”.

This project was designed by Dominick Tringali.  The general contractor was Kellett Construction.  The mason contractor was Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc.

A New Exposed Aggregate Driveway In Southeast Michigan

Posted May 13th, 2011 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Concrete, Decorative Concrete, Patio

Exposed aggregate concrete is a wonderful product for so many reasons.  It is an attractive and reasonably priced paving surface.  The exposed stones add a great look to your patio, walk or driveway.

One thing that I like about exposed aggregate concrete is that it is not trying to look like something else.   For example concrete with a stamped brick pattern is trying to not look concrete which it is and trying to look like brick which it is not.

If you are looking to get exposed aggregate concrete you can use either pea stone mix or a larger stone concrete mix.  It is strongly suggested that you use either wire mesh or fiber mesh to reinforce the concrete and prevent cracking.

This project was designed by Deborah Silver from the Detroit Garden Works.  This is just one more feature that was added to a yard that has been beautifully sculpted.  Deborah Silver has befriended the homeowner and helped her turn this property into an oasis.

Stone Signs in the Detroit Metro Area

Posted March 6th, 2011 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Concrete, granite, Masonry Services, Stone

Custom Granite Sign in Dearborn Michigan

This granite sign was a beautiful addition to the Dearborn area.  Ford Land has a wonderful plan to install these signs around the area.  The old signs were removed then a 42″ concrete footing was installed.  After that reinforced block was put onto the footing.  Then the granite was measured and ordered.  As soon as the granite was fabricated it was installed on site by stone craftsman.   This kind of work is definitely best left to the professionals.  The materials are expensive and failure is not an option.

A stone sign is a lasting statement in view by all who pass by.

Concrete and Stone Options for Michigan Summers

Posted February 27th, 2011 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Concrete, Masonry Services, Patio, Stone

Combination of Concrete Styles and Flowing Curves Around the Pool

This back yard has some simple relaxed designs yet is extremely functional and enjoyable.  By combining broom finished concrete and exposed aggregate concrete this project borders the pool and defines the patio area.  The pool is the center of attention but the added feature of the stone fire pit allows the area to be used after the night makes it a little to cool to swim.  The stone containment wall conceals the pool equipment and adds to the theme set by the fire pit and seat wall.  The stone steps allow entry to the house but contribute to the beautiful backyard landscape.