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Bringing Brick Back: Incorporating It Into Your Home

By |2021-12-23T02:34:39+00:00January 17th, 2022|Construction|

A Wonderful Tradition Among all the building materials used both in ancient times and today, perhaps none more than brick exudes the sort of quaintness that makes people stop and take notice. It is for this reason that brick veneer has been such a popular choice for everything from law offices to city halls —

Looking Back and Looking Forward: Masonry Then vs. Now

By |2021-12-23T02:30:40+00:00January 3rd, 2022|Construction|

Stories Etched in Stone One of the great things about masonry is that the building technique has been around for millennia and every stone whispers tales of the past. Whether you’re uncovering signs of how your direct ancestors built their houses of worship, like the teams working on the restoration of the historic Salt Lake

Restoring Historic Concrete

By |2021-12-09T01:45:32+00:00December 9th, 2021|Construction|

We’re all familiar with the childhood game to avoid cracks in the cement or we’ll break mama’s back. As we get older, however, and wake up to the historical nature of our town’s buildings and yards, it’s not the threat of inadvertent spinal trauma to our guardians that has us scrambling to repair cracks in

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

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

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;

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

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