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2017 Hardscaping Trends

Paving the way to an outdoor retreat By Dawn Henning  With the arrival of warmer weather comes the urge to flock to home and garden shows and home improvement stores. Visitation to blogs and social bookmarking sites, such as Pinterest, skyrockets from those seeking products and ideas for creating or improving outdoor spaces for year-round [...]

No License Means No Payment

By Timothy R. Hughes Getting paid for your work is critical to your business success and even survival. Failing to obtain proper licensing can end your ability to get paid even for work that is properly performed. The range of impact varies from state to state. States at the more lenient end of the scale [...]

Replacing Spalled Bricks on a Chimney

Chimney bricks experience the wrath of all seasons, so replacing spalled bricks on a chimney is a worthy skill to have. By Brian Estill Bricks are like sponges. We all know that. So why do we think it’s not important to waterproof bricks with a sealant? Equally troublesome is the belief that masonry is maintenance free [...]

Tile Installation at the Dean Smith Center at UNC

University of North Carolina Tar Heels’ locker room renovation turns heads and tile installation at the Dean Smith Center was a prominent part of the overall project. For the University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels men’s basketball team, the Dean Smith Center isn’t just an arena where games are played. The venue, and its locker rooms, [...]

City Hall Selects Indiana Limestone

Indiana Limestone sills, window heads, watertables and a jack arch add a new façade to Tipton’s City Hall. The City Hall building in Tipton, Ind., recently underwent an exterior remodel. The fresh look of the new façade incorporates red brick with limestone sills, window heads, watertables and a jack arch above the main entryway. Full-bed-depth [...]

Figuring and Building a Brick Arch Template

Preparing and building a brick arch template in the field will allow you to add an opulent feature to an otherwise simple brick veneer. By Steven Fechino As construction grows busier, the opportunity for creative masonry installations increases and can allow for projects to have more decorative features. These include corbels, quoins and arches. Arches [...]

Determining a Unit Price for Masonry

Most masons will likely need to figure real costs for work to be done. Here’s how to determine a unit price for masonry. Being a mason contractor requires many skills. You have to estimate projects, maintain equipment, provide material and labor, and collect your money. Estimating, for some masons, has become easy. When a project […]

Brickmatching Basics

Old brick is something to treasure, but matching it for an expansion or repair may seem a daunting task. With these helpful brickmatching basics, you can match older brick successfully. By Don Foster The goal when repairing or expanding a masonry structure is to have it look just like the pre-existing masonry. That means matching size, […]

Building a Custom Memorial Site in Record Time

Building a custom memorial site  in record time to honoring the memory of a fallen Florida officer. Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Scott Pine had been with the Orange County, Fla., sheriff’s office for two years when he responded to a call of multi-car break-ins on Feb. 10, 2014. Officer Pine was shot and killed by the suspected […]

‘Best in Class’ Intermediate School 230Q Annex

BIA Award Winner decoratively uses contextually appropriate new clay brick. Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association (BIA) has sponsored one of the country’s most prestigious architectural award programs – the Brick in Architecture Awards. As the only national association to represent both manufacturers and distributors, BIA is the authority in the clay brick industry. The Brick […]

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