European Look in Orchard Lake Michigan

Posted March 17th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Driveways, granite, Stone

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This project was designed by Michael Grasser.  Michael likes to use the granite Belgium blocks that were used as ship ballasts when ships would come to America empty to be loaded here in the states.  The stones were then used as paving stones in all the larger cities of that time.  Detroit was one of those ports that received a lot of the red granite that was used in this photo.  The great part of the stone is that they have a side that is especially worn from history’s continued travel across the pavers.  These pavers saw every thing from people walking to work to the horse drawn carriage and then eventually the car and even the truck making its way across town.

Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. provided the installation of these granite pavers and the grass pavers in the turn around parking areas.  The circular pattern around the drains created a great look in this court yard.  Then the curbs and border define the drive nicely.

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.

GRANITE DRIVEWAY WITH GRANITE FOUNTAIN IN BLOOMFIELD HILLS

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

When you select an extremely elegant and timeless product you want to use an installation company that is up to the challenge.  This granite driveway and fountain was installed by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc.  The granite came from Genesee Cut Stone and Marble Co.  These stones were 4″ thick and required a lot of care to fit them in place correctly.  A project like this is very important to get right as it has to function as well as look beautiful.  If it is not engineered correctly it will hold water and eventually lead to failures that are very frustrating for an owner who has a lot of money invested in some very expensive material.

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.

Granite Drive Makes Old Stone New

Posted March 6th, 2012 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in granite, Stone

There is something about used stone that creates a look that cannot be matched artificially.  You can tumble stone or brick pavers and get a very nice look.  However reclaiming stone pavers creates a historical mosaic of color and texture that is not able to be duplicated.

These pavers were purchased from Philadelphia street paving demolition contractors.  That alone presented a problem.  There was the concern if there would be enough.  Then it would require a very reliable freight carrier.  Then with the irregular shapes the pallets did not stack well at all.  Lastly we had approximately twenty-six semi trailers full of this stone that had to be unloaded and strored on site to await its installation.

Stone pavers like this appear as though they lay pretty flat.  Although in reality every stone is varied in thickness from four to eight inches.  This required us to lay the stones in a bed of mortar that leveled each paver out.  It was important to keep each stone tight so that it would not appear to loose.

This project was designed by Rik Haugen from JJR in Ann Arbor ,MI.  Frank Rewold and Son Construction Company was the general contractor.  Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc.  was the stone installer and as well installed all the stone and masonry on the house.

This drive takes on a different look wet, dry,winter and summer.  That is what makes the stone such a special product to use.

Installing Large Pieces of Granite in Southeast Michigan

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

Huge Granite Slabs Unloading and Ready for Installation

These large pieces of granite are going into a new glass sun room.  The owner picked out the slabs for their artistic movement.  The installer then had the granite fabricated to the specific shop drawings that were done prior to cutting.  Then upon arrival  Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. assembled its best granite installers to handle the large pieces.  Extreme care must be taken with stones this size.  Aside from the safety of the people involved the stone’s own weight presents danger to itself.  The handling of the stone correctly in a situation like this is absolutely critical.  There are six stones that make up the carefully considered stone floor.  One broken piece will ruin the effect of the flowing granite veining.

All Six Slabs Safely in Place

A small amount of clean up is all that is left after the granite is set.

The Effect of the Entire Room

The Furnishings are the Part that Makes it Feel Complete

A contrasting granite border is put around the perimeter to accentuate the artistic pattern created with the large slabs.  Then yet another granite is selected and planters are installed at three locations.  After the granite is done Deborah Silver and Company came in and designed and planted the greenery.  The effect feels like a living exhibit at an art museum.

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.