The Noble Cause of Preservation Utah

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.

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

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

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

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

Preventing Damage to Masonry

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

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

Incorporating and Preserving Historic Masonry in Your Home

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.

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

Why Bricks Are Making a Comeback

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

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

Walk Like an Egyptian: Appreciating the Masonry of the Past

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;

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

History of Brick Masonry

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

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

Masonry Throughout the Ages

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

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

Ways to Clean Masonry – Inside and Out

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

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

The Difference Between Repointing and Tuckpointing

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

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