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Adobe Through Time

By |2021-10-23T00:01:04+00:00November 2nd, 2021|Construction|

Truly Timeless Construction The adobe style is a construction technique that is instantly recognizable to anyone who has spent time in the Southwestern United States. Tanned, sun-dried walls; flat roofs; exposed wood framing, such as beams or eaves extending over the roof. All of these characteristics evoke the Mexican Pueblo- or Spanish mission-style of building

The Noble Cause of Preservation Utah

By |2021-10-06T16:22:06+00:00October 21st, 2021|Uncategorized|

Each state has its own rich history, full of the stories that tell of those who came before us — their lives, their struggles, their hopes for the future. Such testimonies are still preserved on the buildings they left behind, just as our own dwellings give an accurate look at what’s most important to us.

An Evolution of Construction: Exploring the Use of Ancient Construction Materials

By |2021-10-06T16:13:24+00:00October 4th, 2021|Construction|

If human history tells us anything, from the pharaohs of Egypt to the earliest inhabitants of Mesa Verde in Colorado, it is that we are a people who build. Yes, the potsherds in the sand tell that we were interested in small, beautiful things, but the ancient monuments and cities swallowed by sand and forest

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

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