Cantilevered Bench in Board Formed Concrete

This board formed concrete kneewall features a built in cantilevered bench, made possible through a carefully engineered core steel reinforcement. Board formed concrete is produced by pouring concrete into a form constructed with rough sawn wood boards, which leave their impression in the concrete finish. Hardly a crude method, the result is part of a sophisticated modern aesthetic that is utilitarian, natural and finished, all at once. Installed at a residence outside of Central Square, Cambridge, MA, by S + H Construction.

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Iconic Airplane Commercial Sign Restoration

This iconic commercial sign had faded significantly after several decades to the sun. Located at the entrance to the Burbank Empire Shopping Center, the project was to restore the bright, vital colors to this landmark. There is an impressive level of detail and color variety in the work, requiring 25 custom made colors to complete the restoration. The project was located in Burbank, CA and completed by ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING.

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Tory Row Puddingstone Patio

As part of a Tory Row, Cambridge home renovation, S+H Landscape & Sitework Division installed an outdoor kitchen and pool. The stonework for the surrounding stone walls and patios involved masonry restoration of the original stonework, using Roxbury Puddingstone, found only in the Boston basin. Quarried in Roxbury, Brighton, Newton, and Brookline, it was a popular building material in the 19th century.  Used to construct masonry walls and foundations throughout Boston, you’ll find it featured in many historical buildings, such as the Central Congregational Church in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

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Finding Quality Building Soil in Cambridge and Greater Boston

Have you noticed that your foundation is cracking or sinking? This could be due to the soil on which the structure was built. In Cambridge and Greater Boston, a wide variety of soils can be found, some more reliable than others. S+H Construction knows what measures must be taken when faced with unstable building soil. While it is possible to fashion a waterproof fieldstone foundation in a difficult area, they encourage potential property buyers to look below the surface before closing the deal.

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Boyle Hotel: Brick Repointing and Cleaning

Since its construction in 1889, the brickwork of this historic hotel had fallen into disrepair. For this project, CGI Preservation began with a thorough cleaning of the exterior, followed by brick repointing and patching. To replace those beyond repair, over 2,500 new matching bricks were fitted, so that this landmark could be restored to its former glory.

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Oakland City Hall: Masonry Restoration and Seismic Upgrade

Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA

With the threat of earthquakes on the rise in California, CGI Preservation of Beverly Hills, CA, stepped in to fit the Oakland City Hall with protection against these natural disasters. To accomplish this complete seismic retrofit, they installed a milestone base-isolation system and placed an iron frame within the original structure. CGI then worked to achieve a complete restoration of the interior and exterior marble. Blending salvaged and original stone, they then honed the surfaces for a clean, new look.

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Custom Cut Molding Profiles for Historic DC

If you’re in need of a custom wood molding for your historic building and live in the DC area, look no further than Old Town Custom Millwork & Moldings. They specialize in historic molding profiles and will match your profile exactly. They have a broad collection of local wood molding knives and now have a planer machine that can produce custom profiles faster than ever. They can even match the original species of wood to best preserve the integrity of your structure.

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Restored Steinway Featured at the Met

Dimitrios Klitsas, world-renowned custom wood carver, brought this 1882 Steinway Piano back to life after a series of shoddy repairs to the delicate purpleheart wood carvings. Designed by George A. Schastey, one of the most popular design firms among New York City’s Gilded Age elite, Klitsas fully restored the piano’s original woodwork with new carvings to replace all damaged elements. The finished piece was then showcased in an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a series of concerts played on this historic piano.

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Waterproofing Fieldstone Foundations

Filling large voids in the masonry.

How do you stop water from coming through a dry laid granite fieldstone foundation – – without excavating the exterior fill (and plantings, and pavings) to the depth of the footings? Did you know that a hydrophilic crystalline admixture can be utilized to waterproof a fieldstone foundation – – from the inside? The S+H Landscape and Sitework Division developed a basement waterproofing technique in which they introduce such crystals into the stonework. These crystals grow in the presence of water, expanding to fill the capillaries in the foundation walls. This prevents water from entering. If your walls are leaking or your basement is wet and you’re seeking a long-term solution, consider this method.

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Wood Fireplace Mantels: Custom Carved for Beauty

White oak shell medallion mantelpiece.

Most wood fireplace mantels are cut with CNC, using digital codes to produce the pieces quickly, and then hand-finished. While this method of mass production may be practical and efficient, the results are mantelpieces that lack distinction and artistry. Not so with master wood carver Dimitrios Klitsas, whose hand carved wood fireplace mantels are custom carved from start to finish, after consulting with the patron to discuss their vision for the piece and its surroundings. As the “hearth of the home”, an updated mantelpiece has the potential to transform the character of a room, as well as add to the value of your home.

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