William Hicks Masonry
P. O. Box 1062, Siler City, North Carolina 27344
(919)742-3418 or email Bill through the website

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solid stonework

externalwindow_reduced.jpg (117488 bytes) Tom and Heather LaGarde live in a former dairy, which includes several outbuildings formerly associated with the dairying activity, and in particular a brick milk cooling building attached to the old hay and cow barn. 

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Tom, who hails from Michigan, wanted to turn the brick building into a sauna by building a stone wall dividing the space into two rooms, and putting glass brick into the window spaces. 
day3b_ 2nd_reduced.jpg (117111 bytes) He had a lot of local stone, mostly granite and basalt, and a lot of old brick.   day5g_cropped_reduced.jpg (81315 bytes)
I bought a pallet of “Salem” weathered sandstone from Scott Stone in Mebane, as I knew I’d make much quicker progress with some more workable rock, and then scattered the big hard rocks here and there in the field.  Plus, it’s my favorite “look”—a mix of thin stones that “flow” around and over big boulder-like pieces much like water in a stream strewn with boulders.  topbackc_reduced.jpg (113989 bytes)
While I was laying up the brick and rock, Tom paneled the sauna room with red cedar. 
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glassblock_reduced.jpg (96632 bytes) The first glass brick window, in the outer room, was something of an experiment.  
internalwindow_reduced.jpg (77729 bytes) The cedar panels at 45 degrees were a more beautiful solution to the windows in the sauna room (where people will mostly be sitting).  window.jpg (51714 bytes)
topbacka_reduced.jpg (95110 bytes) There will be an arched door hung in the brick arch, which I built over the form shown in the earlier shots. I laid three oak blocks into the arch sides on each side of the arch (which you can see if you look closely), as nailing or screwing surfaces for the door frame.  topfronta_reduced.jpg (112068 bytes)
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About half way through my work, the floor was tiled, as you can see in later photos.  To do the tiling, the stove was removed (having been the “form” for the brick surrounding its intake). I used two heavy 4”X4” steel angle to carry the brick and wall over the stove. 
The stone wall is “dry-laid,” with concrete and some brick filling all the interior spaces.  uptheref_reduced.jpg (85142 bytes)
helper_numero_uno.jpg (82969 bytes) My “numero uno helper” wanted to go in and out of the arch form, “adjusting” it several times to her liking.  She mostly slept, however, so I never paid her for her work, figuring that my company was enough reward.  

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