Staying At Home Made Easy With Inviting Features

Posted December 29th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Brick Walls, Masonry Services, Pool Coping

The homeowner”s family at this home was getting older and had children of their own.  Therefore the grandparents were ambitious to create an environment that was inviting for the grandchildren to come and spend time at their home.   The pool was already in place but needed updating.  Micheal J. Dul and Associates came in and created a plan that used the original pool in its location and created this firepit area as well when designing the entirely new landscape.   A very ornate retaining wall serves a functional purpose as it holds back a considerable grade change coming around the side to the pool.  The design for the retaining wall came from a detail that is on the chimneys on the house.  Combining those kinds of details with the landscape adds a lot of synergy to the design.

Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. was responsible for the installation of all these features.  Including the concrete foundations, poured wall for the retaining wall then brick and stone installations.  We also were involved in the restoration of the swimming pool by replacing the coping with the new limestone.  Then we also provided the new tile around the top and at the swim lanes.

The owners were thrilled and continue to have us come and make special adjustments when they need them.

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Michael J. Dul Designs Another Outdoor Fireplace In Birmingham

Posted December 29th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Fireplaces, Masonry Services

Patrick Funke from Michael J. Dul and Associates provided another very attractive outdoor environment with this fireplace plan.  In the twenty plus years of my career as a custom mason contractor I have always been pleased with what Patrick and the rest of the team at Michael J. Dul and Associates draws up for us to build.  The owner has sent back comments of how him and his young family had some great moments around this new feature we installed at his home.

The brick is reclaimed to match the house.  The hearth, mantle, seat wall caps and sloped shoulders are Indiana buff limestone.  The patio is bluestone drylaid over a gravel base.

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Stone for a Lifetime

Posted December 26th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Limestone, Masonry Services, Stone

 

Although this project is not quite complete you can easily see all the detail that the stone presents.  The limestone arch pieces were as much as 1200lbs. each.  This is a Young and Young Architects project that was of the most complicated.  The scale and size of the stones were paramount to the success of the project.  Much of the stone on this house will last many lifetimes.

Frank Rewold and Son was the general contractor with Dan Nelson as the superintendent.  The project went very smoothly with all the complications.  The design was amazing the management was great  and the limestone was impeccably produced by Genesee Cut Stone.

Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. feels very fortunate to be able to complete this project.

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This fireplace project was referred to me by the Architect Lou DesRosier at DesRosier Architects in Bloomfield Hills.  Lou is a second generation architect who has such a great passion for his work that he is revered by clients and trades alike.  I have been in his office multiple times to watch him tirelessly go through drawings to make sure the details will be executed correctly.  I feel very fortunate to know Lou and even more fortunate to be referred by him.

This client was an extremely educated man who really wanted to make this fireplace work.  He was passionate and determined throughout the whole process.  I really appreciate these kinds  of clients because they want what I want and that is an installation that is done well and follows the intent of the plan.  Therefore by following the plan it will become as beautiful as the drawing indicates.

This was a complicated fireplace as we had to install steel support for the floating mantle system.  This can create difficulty as the stone is extremely heavy.  That is where we really show our skill and passion for what we do.  By fabricating the steel support and integrating it into the house structure we were able to install the limestone and make an opening for the new media cabinet built by Gary Nielson.

ROCHESTER HOME GETS NEW FRONT ENTRANCE

Posted February 24th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in bluestone, granite, Limestone, Masonry Services, Stone

This home was plagued with some severe water problems.  There was leaking over the bay window and as well over the entry.  The leaking had caused some structural damage to the entrance roof areas around the door.

The owner then decided to upgrade the entire front with this new limestone entrance and bay window.  The upper window above the entrance was replaced as well as the sill of the tri-window above the bay.  All this work was instrumental in fixing the water damage.  The owner as well decided to add the new walls to the landscape out front and a new bluestone porch and walk with a new heated granite drop off.

The project was designed by Young and Young architects.  The general contractor was Mike Hornung from Pyramid Interiors.  Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. provided all the labor and materials to make the changes.  Genesee Cut Stone fabricated all the limestone.

MASONRY AS A USEFUL ARTFORM

Posted February 24th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Limestone, Masonry Services, Patio, Stone

Masonry has been around for thousands of years and has gone through many styles and cultures.  However the fact remains it is still the most useful building material with the longest life  cycle.  Above all else it is the best medium for artistry on your home or office.  Along with its unparalleled usefulness it is can create such beautiful designs.

The project below was a combination of Brown County Stone from Indiana,  Indiana limestone and brick capping.  The project was designed by Mark Johnson.  The general contractor was Mosher Dolan.

These are great projects for a company like Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. as we are capable of all the types of masonry needed on this project.

ARCHED ENTRY

Posted February 9th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Brick Walls, Masonry Services, Stone

This stone and limestone entrance in Rochester Hills Michigan was designed by AZD with general contractor TSA both in Birmingham Michigan.  Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. was hired to install all brick and stone on this project veneer.  Later we were asked to install all the bluestone in the the front entrance then the limestone around the pool in the back.  We also install two very complex fireplaces inside as well.  We still maintain a great relationship with the owner and have even worked at his commercial building for him.

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.

STONE AND BRICK GO TOGETHER IN BIRMINGHAM

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

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This brick and stone wall designed by Michael J. Dul and associates is a great combination of two timeless materials.  The brick and stone accentuate each other on this functional retaining wall.  The wall allows the development it sits on to be well utilized while the sculpture wall holds back what would normally be an unusable slope of a grade.  The stepped out stone pillars work well with the soft light of the gas lanterns.  Keep an eye out for the summer photos that will show the trellis alive with the blooms and greenery.

The wall was built by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc.  The accents are actually cast stone by Royal Cast.  Patrick Funke was the landscape architect from Michael J. Dul and Associates.

 

 

 

 

 

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