Solid Marble Fireplace in Ann Arbor, MI

Posted January 19th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Fireplaces, Masonry Services, Stone, Uncategorized

This fireplace surround was fabricated out of huge pieces of solid marble.   The owners selected the marble from Capital Stone Works out of Bridgeport MI.  Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile was then asked to do the installation for the owners.  We work very well with all the guys at Capital Stone.  The large mantle piece installation required five people which included the owner of  Albaugh Masonry, one set of teenage twins, a very strong 200lb. man and one professional hockey player.

 

 

 

Contemporary Stone Project in Bloomfield Hills Goes Green

Posted January 19th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Masonry Repairs, Masonry Services, Stone, Uncategorized

When a plan comes in our office from the architectural firm Young and Young Architects we hold it in high regard and value the opportunity to bid the masonry.  This family owned firm produces some of the most exquisite designs.  We have been fortunate enough to do several project with the Youngs even working with them on their own homes.  This home is no different.      It is an awesome example of a contemporary.  Above that it has a Platinum Leed rating.  The home owners are committed to preserving the environment and play a large role in a land conservancy group.

The veneer stone is Valders buff split face and the paving is Valders buff again with a sandblast finish.  Albaugh Masonry installed all stone on this project.

Extremely Ornate Fireplace in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Posted January 14th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Fireplaces, Masonry Services, Stone, Uncategorized

This stately Fireplace is the focal point of a large living room.  Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. installed this cast stone fireplace in the Ann Arbor area.  It took a large  group  to lift all the pieces in place by hand.  The fine detail on the fire place adds a lot to the room and the rest of the fine craftsmanship around the home.  The pieces were so large that it required us to  install wire back to the substrate to hold all the stone in place.  The end result is a very ornate feature.

Bluestone Patio with Firepit Feature in Birmingham, MI

Posted January 12th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Fireplaces, Masonry Services, Patio, Stone, Uncategorized

This project that was recently completed in Birmingham, Michigan was designed by Michael J. Dul and Associates.  Our long lasting relationship with this designer gives us the flexibility to expand each others creativity.  The award winning design firm allowed us to introduce the bluestone at the wall and firepit.  This was a great fit as it complements the patio and step treads.   The patio is comprised of 24″ x 36″ pieces of full range color natural cleft bluestone.  The wall is built using irregular bluestone laid with the natural split edge out.  This adds a tremendous amount of interest to the project.  The treads were 2″ thick thermal select bluestone.

The owner was thrilled with the product as well as the schedule as it was completed in about two weeks time.

 

Creative Fireplace Design Adds to Outdoor Environment

Posted January 8th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Fireplaces, Masonry Chimneys, Masonry Services, Stone, Uncategorized

This fireplace was designed by Emily Fronck from Aguafina.  The Michigan field stone was arranged within the stucco to give it a creative arts and craft feel.  The granite hearth was meant to look like it was growing out of the the stone and is precariously perched within the masonry.  The added wall gives a little more privacy and gives some substance to the structure.  The fireplace also has a natural gas line running to a gas log set within the fireplace.  That way the owner can just turn a switch and they have a roaring fire.

Elegant Styled Grosse Pointe Home

Posted April 15th, 2012 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Fireplaces, Masonry Chimneys, Masonry Services, Uncategorized
Grosse Pointe Residence with Cast Stone and Stucco

This house built by Mosher Dolan Cataldo and Kelly has five large fireplaces and four chimneys.  The masonry was done with cast concrete and block covered with stucco.  The detailed chimneys were all part of this McIntosh/Poris Architects design.

A CRAFTSMAN IS NOT TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY

Posted April 15th, 2012 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Masonry Services, Uncategorized

Mitch Elliott is shown carefully setting a stone on wall surrounding a new outdoor hot tub area designed by Michael J. Dul and Associates.  Mitch has worked for Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile for seventeen years.

You have to shake the hand of a craftsman to realize that his hands are thick with muscle and marred with character.  A hand that has held a chisel and formed countless stones into the will of the design.  Calloused by the continued abrasive nature of the stone.  Scarred not because of careless accidental hits with a hammer but with nicks from sharp pieces of granite that have been broken off with a chisel and hammer that is swung with amazing accuracy.

A craftsman is still a person to behold because of his experience and passion for his trade.

I would like to post this as a tribute to Mitch Elliott and all craftsman that are putting the projects together we might take for granted.

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 Brick Sculpture Wall in Ann Arbor MI

Posted May 13th, 2011 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Brick Walls, Masonry Repairs, Masonry Services

This wall was designed by Michael J. Dul and Associate.  It was designed and built to retain the change in elevations at the pool area of this project.  However with the  insets and bands that were installed with the colored mortar this wall looks like a piece of art complementing the landscape and pool.

The wall is supported by a poured wall with a very large spread footing.  This is a great example of a great design and installation coming together.

Summer BBQ’s With A New Masonry Grill

Posted May 13th, 2011 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Masonry BBQ's, Masonry Services, Patio

Masonry BBQ with Granite Countertops

When you go to a cook out or an outdoor party the best place to hang out is around the grill.  Everyone is happy to be there the mood is great.  The atmosphere could not be better than when you can smell the food on the grill cooking.

Maybe you are thinking of putting in a masonry bbq because you were at someones house and they had one.  If you are here are a few tips to make sure the process goes well and you are getting what works and what lasts.

First pick out your grill and collect all the specifications that go along with it as they will be needed.  Second select a mason that you are very confident in and has built some of these kinds of grills in the past because he will need to coordinate everyone.  Third decide if you want or if you grill requires electrical.  If it does you will need to get an electrician.  Fourth select a plumber to install the gas line.  Fifth select the material that you would like to use for the lower area of the grill and the counter top.  Sixth map out the area where you are planning to build it.  Make sure this is a safe place that the heat and smoke from the grill will not cause problems.  Seventh make a plan to figure out how you are going place all your components and create your counter space.  Keep in mind you will need to run gas to your grill so make those accommodations.

After following those steps you are ready to start.  Keep an eye on the gas and electric as those absolutely must be done correctly for the safety you and others.  Select a counter that can handle being out side in the weather.  Make sure the grill is handled carefully and installed correctly as it is what all this is about.

When it is all done sit back and enjoy every minute you spend using it.  A masonry bbq will last many years and can be a wonderful looking piece of out door furniture.