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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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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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.

CAN YOUR MASON PROVIDE THE STEEL FABRICATION?

Posted March 8th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Steel Fabrication, Stone

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There was a time in masonry when if it was questionable they just put bigger stones in place to be sure it could hold the weight.  Now we have steel to fall back on and create a reliable substrate for the stone masonry.  This allows us to execute some designs that go outside of the norms of empirical masonry.  In the case of this arch we were installing steel that not only would hold up the stone arch pieces but as well providing a radius for the stucco to be attached to as well.  This can be an important part of the masonry project and it helps to have someone on staff that can understand and execute this kind of steel work.  At Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. we are glad to provide the steel work needed to complete the job.

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.

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.

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.