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We always deliver safe and personally planned designs by our professional design teams.  We strive to find plans that work exactly how the clients wants, yet are efficient and effective using the methods required per the site.

We strive to reach higher standards than our competitors, taking pride in all areas of our projects, right from the very beginning, defining specifications accurately, through to finishing and completion. We help to eliminate stress to the client and the project by managing our own supplies and making sure they make it to the site safely.

We deliver masonry work on both a small residential scale to a large commercial scale, tackling both new construction or repairs to current construction. Our engineers and builders are talented and the best at what they do, so you can rest assured that you are getting the best work for the best price guaranteed.

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Masonry

Masonry is when you build structures from individual items which are then held together by mortar. Items can be stones, bricks, granite, limestone, glass and concrete block to name just a few of them. How they are put together makes a significant difference in durability of the structure.

Some different types of masonry are Veneer Masonry and Solid Masonry. Veneer Masonry is usually for aesthetic purposes. It in a single non-structural outside layer of some type of masonry, usually stone, manufactured stone, or brick. Solid Masonry is free-standing and can take the elements and not fall apart. Solid masonry can also be called ‘Brick and Block’, ‘Double Brick’ or ‘Solid Brick’. It is both an inner and outer layer of brick.

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There are many different types of masonry walls. Here are a few:

Load Bearing Masonry Walls
Reinforced Masonry Walls
Unreinforced Masonry Walls
Hollow Masonry Walls
Composite Masonry Walls
Post-Tensioned Masonry Walls

Brick Masonry

Brick masonry is the most common form of masonry that is used today. Bricks are nice-looking and long-lasting, plus you can get a wide variety of them to meet your look. Brick masonry normally uses the staggered effect, being offset each layer. This is done because it ads more strength to the structure. To lay bricks, you need a way to make sure the bricks are set in perfectly straight rows, so two mason blocks are used to hold a mason line to follow as you layer. Following a guide, layer the mortar on the bottom brick first, spreading it all around the brick. Apply the next brick on top, tapping it with the handle of the trowel to remove any air bubbles. Spread mortar along the sides to fix the bricks in place. Remove the excess mortar and it is done. Continue with this until the desired height is reached. Brick masonry is fairly straight-forward and not extremely difficult to do.

Stone Masonry

There are two types of looks for stone masonry that you can have – dressed and undressed. Dressed is when the stones are cut neatly and follow a pattern. Undressed is when the stone are left more in their natural state leading to a messier yet more authentic appearance. When using stone masonry, they will use real stones with mortar for the building. Stone masons usually take time to visualize the wall before starting. Depending on what type of wall is wanted will determine what and where the guides lines will go. They start with laying footing or a foundation with footing, then lay the first stone as the cornerstone. The most important part of starting with the corner is measuring. If this part is off, the entire rest of the wall will be off. Start fitting the stones together, matching them as you go. Stone masonry is one of the harder and more time-consuming of the types but brings a beautiful look to the area being created.

Concrete Blocks

Concrete blocks are installed a lot like bricks are, using the staggered effect. Concrete blocks are much bigger than bricks, therefore take much less time to install. Concrete blocks have many different looks and sizes to choose from making them versatile for the client as needed. Concrete blocks can also be painted and stained to create your own special look. Basements are often built with concrete blocks.

What’s Best

As far as what is best out of these options to use, that is all determined on the type of structure being built. Will it be for a foundation or a wall? Indoor or outdoor? Building or home? Is it aesthetic or something that will be used for support? These questions and more will need to be decided before you can decide which type will work best for you.

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Foundations

Structural

Fit-outs

Refurbishments

Foundations

When building a foundation, the type of building material used will be determined by you and our professionals. If you go with concrete block, the type of block used might be determined by a local code, so this will be checked ahead of time. When using concrete block, initially a stem wall is created to support the home before you build the rest of the foundation, which will be continued on from the stem wall.

Before we start, we will investigate the soil conditions to see if your building will require inground support, which will be determined by the strength of the soil. We will work with the builder and designer, then with you to see what the best decision is based on the findings. If in-ground support is needed we will start with installing the footings before laying any brick or blocks for the foundation or walls.

We will also need to survey the lot, so we can determine the actual corners of the foundation before we dig. Once that has been done and the foundation corners located, we will start to dig. This will be done by excavation, which we will talk about next.

If needed, the next step is to install the footings for support, and seal them against moisture. Once they are ready the stem wall is installed, if we are using concrete blocks. The walls will be based off the stem wall to ensure straight, even walls. Then they are sealed for moisture and the basement is done.

Structural Masonry, Fit-outs and Refurbishments

Using masonry for building, refurbishing and fit-outs can be done for structures, too. Internal brick walls, decorative stone or brick fireplaces, and brick or stone backsplash for kitchens and marble or granite countertops can all be used for interior masonry. It is built the same as it is for foundations, except clean and decorative since it will be seen with everyday use of the structure. Marble, granite, limestone, brick and rock are all examples of masonry that is traditionally used inside the home.