Natural Stone Design, Construction, Application, and Methods from an Experienced Stone Mason in Sullivan County, New York
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Kelly Masonry & Design recently completed the first phase of a project for a family at their weekend getaway home in North Branch, NY. The family desired to transform their backyard space and engaged Kelly Masonry & Design to create a Master Plan that was to include the following:
- In-ground pool design with adjacent pool deck and outdoor entertaining space
- Landscape plan for the property
- Identification and creation of scenic view corridors with selective tree removal
The design and scope of the first phase of the project was finalized in the early Spring of 2015. Pool installation took place in the early Summer of 2015. After the pool was installed the property was graded to create a level area and topsoil was imported to create a large lawn for family activities. Additional landscaping, security fencing, pool deck area, and fireplace were completed at the end of the Summer.
Proper project planning isn’t something that is performed occasionally by Kelly Masonry & Design….It’s always performed! It’s a service that all clients receive for their stone masonry project, large or small.
Outdoor living spaces easily become the most popular area of your home and will yield one of the highest returns on investment compared to other improvements you could do to your home’s exterior. Understanding why you want an outdoor living space for you and your family depends on its intended use of that space. Choosing the right company that has construction knowledge about how a project should be properly built from beginning, middle, and end is of the utmost importance. The use and placement of structural components must be properly planned for to last a lifetime. Outdoor living spaces such as the project illustrated below, cannot be hastily designed without the proper tools or knowledge.
Kelly Masonry & Design prides itself in being as thorough as possible when all projects, large or small, are first optioned. We utilize both manual and computerized means of designing a project from concept through to construction. Often, hand sketches and annotated photographs are helpful to get the project started, and sometimes computerized 3-dimensional modeling is used to assist in this task. This helps both the client and Kelly Masonry & Design visualize the project and determine all goals and objectives.
With some projects, more technical drawings prepared by a licensed civil engineer or other licensed professional, are required and created to ensure the proper structural integrity of the project and that specific materials are properly quantified. The size, scale, and aesthetic may be determined by local building code…Kelly Masonry & Design always adheres to local building codes and aesthetics! The consultation of a licensed civil engineer with the client may be needed on projects that require building permits and this is done to protect the client and ensure that their project is designed to known current building standards. To the untrained eye these elements usually aren’t appreciated until they’re used.
Our Clients are amazed at the quality of craftsmanship and how amazing their new space looks. Our clients thank us for the special attention given to the initial design and exploratory budgeting. Careful thought and planning that went into making the outdoor living space seen below was successful because it was designed with the perfect mix of utility and style. Upon the project’s completion, the client recognized the value in the initial project planning by stating that the early detail…“paid off”!Read More
Working on interior fireplace veneer is a nice change of pace from my typical outdoor projects. During the winter months it gets me out of the cold, which is always welcome! I’m currently working for a homeowner who desired a change to his fireplace. Previously clad with granite veneer, the aesthetic no longer matched other upgrades to the home. The warmth and beauty of fieldstone was much needed to bring together the entire living space.
In addition to fieldstone veneer, a bluestone hearth is being installed. Bluestone works wonderfully with fieldstone veneer since the palette of colors are harmonious and the stone is extremely durable and the appearance is timeless. The project will feature a new bluestone header above the fire box and custom pine log mantle.
The project is currently in progress. The old veneer has been removed and concrete backing boards have been installed – all ready for the fieldstone veneer, header, and mantle.
Once the project is complete I will feature photos of its completion in my portfolio of fireplace work.
Here are some progress photos of the fireplace work:
February 24, 2014:
February 27, 2014:
March 5, 2014:
View photos of this and other fireplaces on the Fireplaces Portfolio page.Read More