Below are few photos of a Fireplace/ kitchen remodel that we completed in East Mesa recently. Our Brick/Thin brick supplier was Marvel Masonry Supply http://www.marvelmasonry.com/
Darrin Gray Corp., Masonry Division
Below are some Photos of a recently completed Custom Home project in Paradise Valley Arizona.
This Project combines retro Slump Block with a Modern design for a really cool look.
This home presented some challenges for us. The Raked (sloped) walls and the two massive gas Fireplaces with Herringbone patterned block were the toughest part of this job.
General Contractor for this home is Truvista development. https://truvistadev.com/
Our latest Project…
This is a custom curved seat wall and radius fire pit that we built for a contented customer in Gilbert Arizona. The General Contractor was The Bruce Gardner Company.
Custom cutting the Travertine Tile to allow for the curve of the bench and fire pit walls was a quite the challenge.
We applied Veneer stone to the face and back of the wall for a great look!
The seat back was stuccoed with a brown mortar. Notice that the Travertine has a bull nose finish on the edge for comfort and style.
This is the radius fire pit wrapped in veneer stone with a custom fit Travertine top. it is now ready to receive the gas insert.
The homeowners also extended their Patio so more columns were added to support it. these were wrapped in Stone and Stuccoed.
This Is a Custom Brick home that we are currently working on in Coolidge Arizona for Desert Dream homes.
It has presented several challenges that we have had to overcome. The brick are layed in a “stacked bond” pattern and the top if the brick is saw cut to receive a steel top plate. The tolerances were so tight, that we had to use a tile saw for our cuts just to get them right.
This is the “before” picture of a Fence block column that we repaired for a customer in Mesa Arizona. We found that the Column didn’t even have any re bar inside of it.
Here is the “After” Picture. We epoxied rebar into the footing, and left our customer happy and content with a column that is stronger than it ever was.
Now that the floor is poured, the Block are delivered along with the Integra rods. These rods are 7/16″ wide, galvanized, and are screwed into the couplers in the stem walls. they are designed to be 3-4″ higher than the top of the wall so that the wood top plate can be attached.
The blocks are then layed around the rods in sections called “runs” until the walls are built to full height.
Notice in the photo below that the block are open on the ends in the shape of an “H”. This helps increase the efficiency of the wall by reducing “Thermal bridging” which occurs when heat travels from one side of the wall to the other through material that conducts it. The foam that is sprayed into the wall is a great insulator!
Once the walls are complete, Superlite block comes out and places a tension plate, a washer, another “Tension indicator” washer, and a nut over each rod. The rods are then tensioned to 7000 psi. Notice that the top block at each rod is a different “Tension Block” designed to distribute the tension through the rest of the wall.
After the walls are tensioned, Superlite’s technicians spray foam into them. It is important for the masons to lay a “tight” wall because the foam will enter and come out of any voids left in the mortar joints. This can leave a big mess, and some annoyed Superlite Techs! In the picture below, you can see only three places where just a small amount of foam came out of our wall. The foam that you see coming out of the top of the wall is normal. It is allowed to dry, and then is cut off and recycled.
A happy Superlite Block Tech shows how much they enjoy working with the Darrin Gray Corporation. Here, he is adding the wood top plate after the foaming and tensioning of the walls. The house is now ready for the Carpenters.
Once the Stem wall is built, rebar installed, and Integra bolts layed out, it is time for it to be inspected, and grouted.
On larger jobs, a concrete truck and a grout pump is used to fill up the block wall. Most stem walls are grouted completely solid. You can see in the photo below , a concrete truck, the grout pump, and the hose leading to Jason and Aaron while they place the “grout”. (Grout is concrete that has smaller rocks in it so it will pass through the hose and flow properly inside the wall)
Once the grout is placed, the grout is scraped level to the block, and the integra bolts are placed into the grout according to a plan outlined by the Integra Engineers.
Once the stem wall is complete, it is time for the plumbers and electricians to place their “underslab” piping in its position. Then the stem wall is back filled with dirt, and compacted, a layer of ABC (rock and sand) is placed on top of that leaving about 4″ remaining for the concrete floor to be poured to the top of the stem wall.
One of the things that Darrin started doing back in the early 90s, was to add an extra rebar at all gate columns. Gate columns get extra wear and tear on them due to the weight of the gate, or heavy use. Darrin decided that it is easier to add an extra rebar to each gate column, than to go back and fix the occasional loose one.
Notice the two rebar coming out of the footing in the above photo. Adding an extra rebar to the gate columns is just one of the many ways that the Darrin Gray Corporation adds value to your Block Fence.
This is the “After” photo. From the outside of the Columns, you can not see that there are two rebar inside. Beauty may be skin deep, but quality penetrates to the core.
This particular fence will soon be painted, have wrought iron panels attached between the columns, and a custom gate installed to complete this project.