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.



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.


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.


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

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.


Fountain Comes to Life

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

When this job was brought to us we almost turned it down.  The original designer was not involved and there were a lot of questions that needed to be answered.  The plans  were incomplete and short on details.  That makes for a tough start on any project let alone one that involves water, sculptures, electricity and engineering.

The owner was in a position where she knew we were the right fit for the job and she just wanted it to be a perfect tribute to her seven grandchildren.  Every conversation ended with her stating that she trusts what we do and she knows it will be beautiful.

We then jumped in with both feet getting the plans under control and taking the reigns on the engineering of the water system.  That was no small feat.   The plumbing for a project like this requires hundreds of feet of lines that must be properly installed and labeled to make the fountain run correctly.  It is also important to accommodate  for the cold Michigan winters and make sure the system drains well and will not freeze during the cold weather.

That makes the concrete and stone seem like the simple part.  However the concrete was far from easy as there was always a concern for the height of everything to make sure water flowed correctly.  Plus consideration had to be made for underground water storage.  The stone and tile were the finishing touches on this elegant feature.  A 1″x1″ blue mosaic lines the  basins and enhances the water color.  The bluestone matches the tile and richly adds to walking surfaces.

The last part of the project was installing the sculptures that were provided by the owner.  These pieces were each to represent a grandchild of the owner.  That made it additionally important that they be placed in such a way as to not diminish from one another.   The goal was to have them be available for the children to go and see their likeness playfully spraying water into ponds.

Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc turned out to be a perfect fit for this fountain.  With all the experience and knowledge of construction it was really not that hard for a company like ours.  We are a good fit for the project that seems to complicated or not worth all the trouble.  It is not always easy but the results are outstanding.

After installing all the sculptures and testing and balancing the system the fountain worked perfectly.  Just in time for a family function that brought all the grandchildren there on the same day.

Who does this kind of Stone Work in Michigan?

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

This stone project was designed by the landscape architecture firm JJR from Ann Arbor, MI.  Every step was carefully planned and orchestrated to create this back yard view.  Greg Albaugh ran the project which involved site work, layout, drainage, stone logistics and complete installation.  The expertise required to pull off a project like this is at the highest levels.  When you factor in all the points that must line up, the performance and longevity of the stone, then the actual craftsmanship the task can be overwhelming.  The extremely involved owner insisted his vision be met in this stone project.  Upon completion Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. was glad to put this project into our portfolio.

Enjoy the Upcoming Great Michigan Weather on a New Bluestone Patio

Posted March 7th, 2010 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Masonry Services, Patio

Full Color Bluestone

Bluestone is a great patio material whether you are using it or just appreciating its beauty on sunny or rainy days.  Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. is the right company to layout ,prep the site, pour the concrete then install the bluestone.