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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
The recent restoration of the Casino Hall in La Grange, TX, was a big deal for Fayette County. Built in 1881 by German immigrants, the building was originally a school, but has since served as a fire station, city hall, library, and a senior center. All of these different uses of the building involved significant modifications of the original structure. GW Cernoch Works was asked to furnish reproduction wood window sash, as part of a larger project to restore the original 1884 exterior and reinstate the upstairs theater to its original size and layout. This massive project was finished just in time for the hall’s 135th anniversary.
Fieldstone wall after waterproofing
Leaky basement? Instead of disrupting your landscape to treat your foundation walls or redirect the drainage, try the S+H Construction basement waterproofing solution. It works from the inside out, preventing moisture from entering the walls in the first place. The solution is so effective; there has never been a single callback.
Pre US Civil War buildings have a particular look, something that makes you look twice to make sure that you are seeing what you think you are seeing. The reason for this is that there was little standardization of millwork, wood moldings and window sash before that time, and soon after the Civil War was instituted a very durable and widespread system that endured into the 1960’s and which continues on in some ways into the present time. Our eyes have therefore been trained to expect a certain scale and form which has held somewhat standard from the Victorian period through the Modern. What one sees in the older buildings is what appears to be unique or “different” forms and scales in the details, the window muntins, molding depths. Of course, these buildings were not literally unique, but were rather regional, and expressions of “schools” of carpenters who approached the work each with their own traditions, tastes, and profiles of knives with which to form the millwork. As one drives from town to town in early settled parts of Connecticut, one can see these local preferences expressed with molding variations. Restoration carpenter Stephen C. Marshall is long familiar with these traditions as practiced in Fairfield County, New Haven County and Litchfield County, especially as this applies to the reproduction of wood window sash. Even without seeing the building, he knows that because a building is in New London, that he likely has the knife he needs to cut the muntins, because he has worked on other buildings from that era, in that town, but that that same knife won’t likely do him much good in Hartford.