FIREPLACE MAKES COVER OF “HOUR Magazine”!

Posted January 2nd, 2014 by Albaugh Masonry Stone and Tile Inc. and filed in Fireplaces, Stone

This fireplace is featured on the the cover of Hour Magazine.  This was a great project to work on.  We had a great relationship with the owners and the builder.  The owners were very open minded to ideas and it became a fun project to work on.  The builder was Kellett Construction from Bloomfield Hills.  We have worked with Kellett for as long as we have been in business.  I appreciate them because they gave us a chance when we were smaller and just getting started.  Now we have a great list of projects together.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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.