Update your home with masonry
While you may not be looking to have the Sphinx reproduced in your backyard, or a miniature version of the Great Wall of China running down either side of your driveway, adding masonry to your home can make it more aesthetically pleasing and add significant value.
Consider upgrading your home both inside and out with various masonry projects, such as a corner fireplace, a stone wall or exterior work with the help of a mason. Masons are trained professionals who perform the task of creating structures from brick, stone and rock. They go through a rigorous apprenticeship program, sometimes combining college level theory with practical training. What they leave behind in the way of brick and mortar can last for decades and even centuries.
There are several benefits to adding masonry to your home. Masonry is basically maintenance-free so you will never have to repaint it. Masonry also provides added protection against the elements. It’s significantly more durable than wood, and it’s far more resistant to fire.
In general, brick or stone walls, being heavier in construction, require a more sturdy foundation than do other materials. Masonry is more expensive than lumber; but in the long run, since less maintenance is required, the cost is considerably less. It should be noted, however, that masonry can erode over time in extreme climates.
If you are considering adding masonry work to your home, consult with a mason. They will be able to answer questions about building plans, and various types of materials that can be used. Sign in to Angie’s List to read trusted consumer reviews on highly rated masonry contractors in the Washington D.C. area.