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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Staying At Home Made Easy With Inviting Features

Posted December 29th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Brick Walls, Masonry Services, Pool Coping

The homeowner”s family at this home was getting older and had children of their own.  Therefore the grandparents were ambitious to create an environment that was inviting for the grandchildren to come and spend time at their home.   The pool was already in place but needed updating.  Micheal J. Dul and Associates came in and created a plan that used the original pool in its location and created this firepit area as well when designing the entirely new landscape.   A very ornate retaining wall serves a functional purpose as it holds back a considerable grade change coming around the side to the pool.  The design for the retaining wall came from a detail that is on the chimneys on the house.  Combining those kinds of details with the landscape adds a lot of synergy to the design.

Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. was responsible for the installation of all these features.  Including the concrete foundations, poured wall for the retaining wall then brick and stone installations.  We also were involved in the restoration of the swimming pool by replacing the coping with the new limestone.  Then we also provided the new tile around the top and at the swim lanes.

The owners were thrilled and continue to have us come and make special adjustments when they need them.

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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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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.

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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.

Creative Concrete Employee Environment

Posted March 8th, 2013 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Decorative Concrete, Patio, Uncategorized

 

 

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This concrete project designed by Michael J. Dul and Associates was made for the employees of this Troy, Michigan firm.  It’s playful design and great space utilization made it a great space to take breaks.  The patio is a mixture of exposed aggregate and plain broom finish concrete.  Then the curbed exposed aggregate planter adds another point of interest.  It is always fun to work on  creative and unique projects like these.  The alignment of the lines and the change in textures show the true craftsman ship of this concrete installation.

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.