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Best of Houzz 2017 Service Charlotte, NC

27Jan / 2017

Masters Stone Group Awarded Best of Houzz 2017

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Masters Stone Group has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 20-year-old Charlotte area stonemason group was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Masters Stone Group,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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21Jul / 2015

Case Study – Office Makeover

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Sign of the Times!

This is one beautiful sign and it helps to create an elegant reception area in an upscale dentists office. This was actually a mini-construction project, where the front counter was also rehabbed and topped with granite and around with tile and dark wood. What I love about stone is the adaptability it brings to the table. The way this project was imagined had everything to do with the stone as a foundation and everything else just worked off it from there. I especially love the steel signage on top of the stone application. Not sure anything would have worked as well as steele, what a perfect marriage.

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All Done and Ready for the Sign

05Jul / 2015

Case Study – Hamptons Grass Patio & Pool Get a Makeover

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Revamping Pools and Patios is this Summers Trend

What a beginning to the summer! We have started experiencing a big increase in clients looking to revamp and makeover their pool and patio areas. We’re talking big bold new avenues that completely redine their space. Whether its adding a kitchen area and new lighting or changing the current pool deck to another material, ie “grass to flagstone’ or “concrete to pavers” the options are limited only by your imagination. So if your pool needs a makeover take a look at the one we completed below. Its a Hamptons inspired lawn area & pool that needed help.

The Makeover

The pool makeover scenario we want to take a look at today involves removing grass and dirt and replacing it with the right amount of concrete topped by Patterned Pennsylvania Bluestone while leaving natural elements and adding lighting.

 

This was such a cool trend in the 80’s and 90’s but in this case it was time to go, it presented a challenge with upkeep and cleanliness for the client and it was just time for a change so we brought in a Bobcat to carefully dig up the dirt and grass around the pool. We had to be careful of the lines and electrical running across the ground while we were digging so some had to be done by hand to ensure safety. In all we removed around 40 cubic yards of dirt.

In all we poured 35 cubit yards of concrete around the pool. We made sure to leave natural areas with trees and bushes to soften the area. We had a couple days of forming, pouring and curing to prep the area for the stone. We also put in a very long french drain to move the water away from the house.

This one was fun! We had to takeout time to locate it. Ended up being a caulking issue in the filter area. After we found it it was an easy fix. here’s to the power of caulk!

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Before Photos

More photos to come…

22Jun / 2015

Case Study – Formal Fireplace gets a Rustic Makeover

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This Fireplace has a Dramatic Transformation!

There’s just no other way to put it, this was a fireplace that screamed for stone! This fireplace had the same builder grade materials most fireplaces from the 90’s had, with the pretty white mantle and the painted wall going up to the ceiling. The client wanted to create a more relaxed feel in their living room where the focal point was this massive fireplace, so it was time for stone.

Off With the Old and in With the New

We started by protecting EVERYTHING. We moved the furniture and put down plastic, thick paper and JIT board to protect the floor from falling rock fragments.

Next we removed the old mantle and old tile and ferred out for the new distressed cedar mantle. Then we covered the front wall with wood, paper and wire lath (as you can see in the photos above).

Ready for Stone

After a good coating of mud (cement) had dried we started applying the stacked stone from bottom to top and installed the cedar mantle. This part of the project takes the longest and is done by artisan craftsmen with years of experience as masons.

Nothing Left But the Cleanup!

And by 6:00 in the afternoon we are wrapping the install up, putting the debris into the dumptrailer and loading up. All we leave behind is a beautiful new fireplace and good feelings!

PS. There was another fireplace on the other side, just a bonus feature!

It was a small little guy and we just did a quick remake on the hearth and around the inside of the mantle. We removed it and ferrred it out to accept the new stone application. i have a few pics of that too!

These you have to be really careful with. Because the wood used to build them is thin and small. So where you’re pulling it away from the wall be careful of the way the caulk comes off. Some are easy and others have a good bond. make sure to use a razor knife to score it first.

This takes a few hours to get it looking good. While there isn’t a concrete process here’s what we do, it’s better to sand all of the burrs off before you start the process if making it look like an older piece of wood. After you have all of the burrs off its time to break out the toys. We use chains and punch tools to mimic wear and tear of the years, it gives it interest and charm. If you really want to get crazy we can introduce a butane torch to really add character!

This is a challenge not because it’s hard but because if we don’t take the time to install ferring then the stone doesn’t line up and look as if it was supposed to be there. When doing fireplace makeovers we use this all the time to produce that finished look that everyone really likes.

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Finished Product plus the Bonus Fireplace!

19May / 2015

Interior Stone Fireplace – very customized!

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01Apr / 2015

Indoor fireplace – Cultured Stone Veneer – Carmel Drystack

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Before and after pictures.

Indoor fireplace – Cultured Stone Veneer – Carmel Drystack

31Mar / 2015

Full Masonry outdoor kitchens

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This is how you lay block, our outdoor kitchens feature a full array of choices, you can choose a metal and backer board bar and island, they do a good job and we set these up and apply stone all day. But if you’re willing to pay a little more and deal with us a few extra days we can build a full masonry kitchen that will be there until it’s forceably removed 

 

31Mar / 2015

New Outdoor Kitchen

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This is a full masonry kitchen made with block and stone. It will be there forever. In this outdoor kitchen we will be placing a roll in Weber grill and smoker. There are a couple advantages in doing it this way, first the grills are cheaper and when they wear out you just tool that one to the curb and get a new one. 

Finished pictures will be up in a few days so looking forward to that but we also have a surprise for you, we are very excited to announce a new custom product coming soon. It will take another week or so but this will be worth the wait!  

20Mar / 2015

Travertine project complete

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This exterior home makeover project went so well! The homeowners were great and we were able to update their all brick home with exterior stone accents and bring a whole new look to their front entrance, columns and planters.

19Mar / 2015

River Rock and Patterned Bluestone – outdoor living in Charlotte, NC | columns, outdoor fireplace, stone wall, stone flooring

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