Work Materials

We are a full-service historic preservation company, specializing in historic masonry restoration as well as other media, working in California and the West. Our primary expertise covers all porous architectural materials, both natural and man-made, in both interior and exterior applications. While masonry restoration comprises a large part of our business, we can also perform as a General Contractor for a client's historic preservation project.

Brick Restoration Services

Brick is so common a building material as to be easily overlooked in the survey of historic building materials, but it is so ubiquitous that to ignore it would be misleading. The following brick restoration and repair projects are representative of the issues we face when dealing with this widely used material.

  • Cleaning
  • Restoration & Preservation
  • Patching & Repair
  • Iron Spall (Iron Jacking)
  • Repoint
  • Restore
  • Painting & Stripping

Historic Concrete Restoration Services

With the commercial advent of modern day Portland cement, the use of concrete in construction blossomed and grew to large quantities by the early part of the 20th Century. The projects listed here provide a good sampling of historic concrete restoration, patching, and repair jobs.

  • Cleaning
  • Restoration & Preservation
  • Patching & Repair
  • Iron Spall (Iron Jacking)
  • Resurface & Repoint
  • Custom Manufacture Molds
  • Painting & Stripping

Ceramic Tile Restoration Services

Ceramic and marble tiles have been around for a long time, and their use in mosaic surfaces has always been an enjoyable challenge from a restoration viewpoint. With the advent and dispersal of porcelain technology, these durable materials became a regular component in historic structures.

  • Cleaning
  • Restoration & Preservation
  • Patching & Repair
  • Resurface
  • Repoint
  • Custom Manufacture Mold
  • Custom Fabrication
  • Tiling

Decorative Plaster Repair & Restoration Services

Decorative plaster is a versatile medium that poses its own set of challenges but can yield highly decorative and enriched interior building surfaces. The decorative and ornamental plaster restoration projects shown here were the result of seismic upgrades and historic tax credit requirements.

  • Cleaning
  • Restoration & Preservation
  • Patching & Repair
  • Resurface
  • Custom Manufacture Molds
  • Custom Fabrication
  • Painting & Stripping

Cast Restoration & Cast Repair Services

Cast Stone (sometimes labled 'PreCast') is the cost-effective substitute for hand-carved natural stone developed at the beginning of the 20th c. As Portland cement became more available towards the end of the 19th century, its use as an alternative decorative building material became more prevalent. Given California's major surviving buildings date from after 1900, there are multiple examples of cast stone restoration and repair projects.

  • Cleaning
  • Restoration & Preservation
  • Patching & Repair
  • Iron Spall (Iron Jacking)
  • Resurface & Repoint
  • Custom Manufacture Molds & Custom Fabrication
  • Painting & Stripping

Terra Cotta Restoration Services

Terra cotta, both glazed and unglazed, is a very common decorative building material, used widely from its commercial introduction in the late 19th century until today. Originally marketed as a cost-effective alternative to hand-cut natural stone, it has evolved into a medium all its own. The following terra cotta restoration projects involved the use of repair as well as complete terra cotta replacement to provide the finished results.

  • Cleaning
  • Restoration & Preservation
  • Patching & Repair
  • Iron Spall (Iron Jacking)
  • Resurface & Repoint
  • Custom Manufacture Molds & Custom Fabrication
  • Tiling

Mosaic Tile Restoration Services

Ceramic and marble tiles have been around for a long time, and their use in mosaic surfaces has always been an enjoyable challenge from a restoration viewpoint. With the advent and dispersal of porcelain technology in the last two centuries, these useful and durable materials became a regular component of many historic structures. Ceramic tile and mosaic restoration projects vary widely.

  • Cleaning
  • Restoration & Preservation
  • Repoint
  • Custom Fabrication
  • Tiling

Natural Stone Restoration Services

Natural stone as an exterior building material is not as prevalent on the West Coast as it is in the Eastern States, only because the majority of our buildng cycles took place after the advent of Portland cement and ceramic building materials. However, there are enough instances of natural stone in the urban Western environment to address this material, especially in regards to interior surfaces.

  • Cleaning
  • Restoration & Preservation
  • Patching & Repair
  • Iron Spall (Iron Jacking)
  • Installation
  • Resurface & Repoint
  • Custom Fabrication