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Preventing Damage to Masonry

By |2021-09-06T21:56:27+00:00September 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.“ While he was talking about fire prevention in Philadelphia, the advice applies to numerous aspects of life. Building restoration is a booming industry because all masonry materials are prone to wear and tear. Whether due to improper installation or

Incorporating and Preserving Historic Masonry in Your Home

By |2021-09-06T21:39:37+00:00September 2nd, 2021|Construction|

To classify as “historic,” your structure should have at least 50 years of life. Building repair and restoration are important for preserving architectural styles, as well as representing the culture of people and places. Masonry in architecture can include brick, terra cotta, stone, concrete block, cast stone, and the mortar used to bind these materials.

Why Bricks Are Making a Comeback

By |2021-07-26T01:16:25+00:00August 16th, 2021|Construction|

As restorers of historic masonry, we love discussing not only the historicity of ancient building techniques and materials but also how they can be utilized today. As we’ve documented in the past, the history of brick-building is an interesting one, manifesting as a sort of “unintentional cooperation” between different civilizations to make bricks the dominant

Walk Like an Egyptian: Appreciating the Masonry of the Past

By |2021-07-26T01:05:31+00:00August 2nd, 2021|Construction|

For as long as mankind has been interested in creating something monumental, we have been attracted to megalithic superstructures. From the Nazca Lines to Stonehenge, and the Titanic to Mount Rushmore, the aim has been twofold: firstly, to create something that would be regarded as the greatest exhibition of expertise and cooperation of the age;

History of Brick Masonry

By |2021-07-01T12:42:44+00:00July 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|

If you’ve ever made a mud pie and let it bake on the sidewalk, you already know quite a bit about historic masonry. Today, the term “brick” can be used to describe any type of building block. Whether it’s made from clay or cement, bricks provide durable building materials for residential and commercial structures.  How

Masonry Throughout the Ages

By |2021-05-17T22:48:16+00:00June 17th, 2021|Uncategorized|

It is thought masonry skills were developed as mankind decided to move from natural-found caves into man-made dwellings instead. But what has changed throughout the ages when it comes to the tools and techniques of masonry? Masonry starts with natural materials that can be found around us, including clay, gravel, sand, and stones. But what

Ways to Clean Masonry – Inside and Out

By |2021-05-17T22:42:41+00:00June 3rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Building restoration may sound like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. When you approach the project one element at a time, it’s easier o get a handle on things. And since curb appeal is one of the best parts of your home to invest in, we have tips for different ways to

The Difference Between Repointing and Tuckpointing

By |2021-05-06T16:21:11+00:00May 13th, 2021|Construction|

The dichotomy that lies at the heart of all building restoration projects has been described, in no uncertain terms, as a philosophical conundrum. “If you want to respect an old [building],” goes the quotation, “it’s important to keep the philosophy of the builder in mind. You can honor it by restoring its original state or

How to Remove Graffiti from Masonry

By |2021-05-06T16:01:15+00:00May 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Renowned architect Frank Gehry, futurist designer of such landmark buildings as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Guggenheim Museum, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation building, once said that “in the end, the character of a civilization is encased in its structures.” While Gehry has always been enamored with the idea of pushing the boundaries of modern

Playing with Blocks: Using Bricks in Construction

By |2021-04-13T18:59:56+00:00April 13th, 2021|Construction|

Since mankind’s earliest days, we have been a species of builders. Ancient peoples buried their dead by digging holes in the earth and covering the bodies with sand or gravel. Over time, in order to protect the dead from animals, narrow pits of stone were made that could be covered with a large rock﹘the first

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