Our residential and commercial design and contracting services encompass traditional and modern expressions of stone, concrete, and other masonry elements. Our design staff has a wealth of expertise in masonry design, focusing on the design elements found in a modern residential setting (such as water features, driveways, walkways, barbecues, pools, and spas) but extending to larger, more complex masonry elements, such as caissons, drilled piles, and foundations.
For over twenty five years, we have been on the cutting edge of masonry design, making expert use of the most current finishing and structural techniques while at the same time utilizing and incorporating all of the timeless and classic elements of fine masonry design. During the design phase of your project, our design team will guide you through the process of selecting a hardscape theme that is consistent with the style of your home, and with your softscape palette. We will examine several hardscape options, determining the right match for your site, and your budget. We will give you an overview of the materials available for each application, helping you to decide between the myriad of options available for your driveway, walkways, pool deck, garden walls, and other site accouterments.
We provide the full range of residential and commercial masonry services to homeowners, businesses, and general contractors. Our services include brick, stone, decorative concrete, concrete stamping, scoring, and staining, pilasters and posts, garden and retaining walls, limestone, marble, interlocking concrete pavers, custom veneers, stucco, pre-cast and poured in place caps, and structural concrete.
Stone and Brick – Walkways, Driveways, Veneer, Stacked Stone, Caps and Pool Coping
Stone and brick have a wide variety of applications, and there are literally thousands of different types of brick and stone. Choosing the correct colors and patterns are key to creating a fluid hardscape scheme. Our staff will provide you with a number of different options, and provide you with samples of various types of stone and brick to help aid you in making your final selection.
The application of brick and stone can generally be divided into two categories of installation: horizontal and vertical. Horizontal installations generally include driveways, walkways, patios, or other surface treatments. This horizontal application falls under the heading of “flatwork.” In contrast, stone and brick applied to a vertical surface has become known as “veneer.” There are a number of different ways to veneer a surface with stone, but generally speaking, the most common applications are “stacking” and “facing.”
Stacked stone veneer sounds just like what it is. The stone, once applied, looks like it has been stacked neatly and evenly in a pile. There are a number of ways to accent this look, including hiding all the joints, so the stone really appears as if has been stacked, with no grout or mortar. There are also pre-fabricated panels of stone that have been pre-cut and applied to sections of backing to create the final appearance of stacked stone.
Stone facing is just the opposite of stacked stone. In the case of stone facing, the stone is applied to the surface much as it would be on a driveway or walkway, so the entire broad face of each stone is visible.
Stone can be installed in a random pattern (i.e., it is laid down without being cut, in its natural shape,) or it can be cut square, much like tile. Stone and brick can be laid directly into the grade, or installed on a base of reinforced concrete. There are advantages to each installation method. When stone or brick is installed on a concrete base, it is certainly much more stable, and can last for decades. However, this is obviously a more expensive installation procedure.