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.




Complete Fireplace Project





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.


  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.


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.

Warm Fireplace With Great Design

Posted February 24th, 2012 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Fireplaces, Uncategorized

Carved Limestone Fireplace

This fireplace starts out with a large herringbone firebox.  Then it is finished with this handsome limestone surround.  The limestone design was a combination of ideas from both the builder Sally Russell and the masons Scott and Greg Albaugh.  The limestone was drawn and fabricated by Genesee Cut Stone and Marble.  This makes a strong statement in a large room.

Cafe Cortina gets a New Outdoor Fireplace

Posted February 4th, 2012 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Fireplaces

A restaurant in the Detroit metro area gets a wonderful new feature that adds to its already exceptional reputation for high quality Italian cuissiene .  When the owners of  Cafe Cortina decided to upgrade their outdoor eating area they did it in style.   Old world style that is!  The outdoor fireplace pictured was added to the landscape at the restaurant recently.

The design was done by Victor Saroki and Associates.  The project was then managed by the general contracting firm Thomas Sebold and Associates.  The project was then awarded to us to handle all the footings, fireplace, stone labor and materials.

The project was fun to put together.  The owner was very involved and passionate about the end result.  That is a good environment for us as we are so intent on pleasing the customer that we are glad when they provide a lot of input.

Outdoor fireplaces are more than just a place to warm your hands on a cool night.  They are an artistic statement of your home or in this case the theme of your restaurant.

Cafe Cortina

30715 West 10 Mile Rd

Farmington Hills MI