Fireplace and Television Exist Together Comfortably

Posted January 2nd, 2014 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Stone

A fireplace deserves attention on its own.  It is where the warmth comes from in the winter.  It is attractive to look at.  It is a great design focus.  However in some homes a fireplace has to compete with the television.  In this home it was designed to be together so that both could be enjoyed at the same time.  The cabinet was built so that when the T.V. was not being used the doors could be shut and you did not see the television or the equipment that was housed inside.

The fireplace was designed by Scott Albaugh and Genesee Cut Stone fabricated and supplied the limestone.

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FIREPLACE MAKES COVER OF “HOUR Magazine”!

Posted January 2nd, 2014 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Fireplaces, Stone

This fireplace is featured on the the cover of Hour Magazine.  This was a great project to work on.  We had a great relationship with the owners and the builder.  The owners were very open minded to ideas and it became a fun project to work on.  The builder was Kellett Construction from Bloomfield Hills.  We have worked with Kellett for as long as we have been in business.  I appreciate them because they gave us a chance when we were smaller and just getting started.  Now we have a great list of projects together.

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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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New York Apartment Style Comes to Birmingham Michigan

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

When Amy Weinstein showed me a photo of a fireplace in a New York apartment I was absolutely up for the challenge.  The owner was a very creative ambitious surgeon who was very involved.  Her attention to detail was a real inspiration to make this fireplace turn out as great as it should.  We started with finding the right marble.   Amy found the Cippolina at CIOT in Troy, MI.  Then Genesee Cut Stone fabricated it after we provided the basic design intent.  Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. then did the installation.  I am very pleased with how it turned out.  The horizontal striping draws your eyes immediately to the fireplace.  Although the fireplace is quite contemporary it has the ash lip around the hearth like fireplaces of old.

Todd Emerson from Birmingham was the general contractor on this project.  Him and his carpenters were a pleasure to deal with during this and the other fireplaces we did in this home.

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BEFORE AND AFTER FIREPLACE INSTALLATION

Posted December 25th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Fireplaces, Limestone, Uncategorized

Before starting this project the owner contacted Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc.  by referral from the architect.   The architect of this house was Lou DesRosier of DesRosier Architects.  Your architect is a good place to start when looking for qualified trades.  They have probably already had or seen success from a specific trade.  If you are building your dream home or trying to get a detail just right then the right installation company is paramount to make the right design and execution come together.

This project has many things to consider.   You have the fireplace opening, the T.V. opening then the hanging of the mantle and the hearth.  As well you have the thin stone to match the stone on the exterior on both sides  of the fireplace.and interior corners of the room.

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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.

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.

 

 

 

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.

MIGHIGAN SPLIT STONE FIREPLACE

  This fireplace was adapted to fit the wall that existed prior to this fireplace being built.  The wall was cut out in the middle then a footing was installed in the back to give a good foundation for the new fireplace structure.  Then the right and left sides were raised in order to create the pillars and a place to eventually install lights.  The design was done by James C. Scott and Associates.  The stone is Michigan split stone and the caps are Indiana limestone.  A gas line was installed so that a gas log set could be selected and the fire could be started remotely.  Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc.  was able to take care of the whole project including demolition, concrete foundation, stone masonry,installing electrical conduits, and drilling the hole for the gas line.  That made a smooth project for the owner with a seamless schedule.

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.