STONE AND BRICK GO TOGETHER IN BIRMINGHAM

Posted February 8th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Brick Walls, Masonry Services, Stone, Uncategorized

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This brick and stone wall designed by Michael J. Dul and associates is a great combination of two timeless materials.  The brick and stone accentuate each other on this functional retaining wall.  The wall allows the development it sits on to be well utilized while the sculpture wall holds back what would normally be an unusable slope of a grade.  The stepped out stone pillars work well with the soft light of the gas lanterns.  Keep an eye out for the summer photos that will show the trellis alive with the blooms and greenery.

The wall was built by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc.  The accents are actually cast stone by Royal Cast.  Patrick Funke was the landscape architect from Michael J. Dul and Associates.

 

 

 

 

 

COMPLETE MASONRY CONSTRUCTION

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

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

MASONRY AND STEEL SCULPTED FIREPLACE

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

A Young and Young design executed perfectly!

This fireplace by architects Young and Young was executed perfectly and is now a focal piece of art in this contemporary home.  The stone was fabricated by Capital Stoneworks.  The general contractor was Charlie Whitelaw.  The stone was installed by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc.

STONE SIGN IS EASY TO SEE AND EASY TO GET DONE!

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

This sign located in Birmingham Michigan is Michigan Split Stone with precast concrete pier caps and sign with sandblasted letters.   Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile worked through the design with the association then proceeded with the construction.  The budget was set so the goal was to get the most for the money allocated.  The ability of Albaugh to provide permits,footing, stone,precast with sandblasting and labor made them a great fit for this association and their budget.