Rose Valley, PA Job

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Clients from Rose Valley were owners of a early 20th century house designed by the local architect Will Price. Some repairs and alterations had been done by the clients, and they had a wish to complete them in a way that was sympathetic to the original intent of the architect vision for the house.

In the sun room the owners added a gas fireplace. On the wall over the fireplace the clients had installed Mercer tile that was similar to the original Mercer tile already used throughout the interior and exterior of the house. The clients desire was to have the wall around the tile plastered to match the existing plaster in the room. To achieve this we used ® Mortar SCG - G coarse mortar mix. This was left unfinished, and textured using a sponge to achieve a finish similar to the existing plaster walls surrounding the new wall.

In the living room the clients needed to rebuild the framing supporting the original hearth for the fireplace. In doing so the original Mercer tile hearth was removed after it broke. Also during the hearth renovation a gas fireplace was installed in place of the existing wood fireplace. Again, the clients went back to Mercer tile to find tile that closely matched the existing Mercer tile used on the original hearth. They also picked up tile similar to the blue border tile that was installed at the base of the fireplace wall. These tile were used in conjunction with salvaged original blue tiles to create a new border that now went across the entire bottom of the wall. The new Mercer tile was set in place in a pattern that closely matched the original design of the hearth. For grout we used our Butter Joint mix (a 50 / 50 mixture of NHL 2 and marble dust.) The bright white color of the grout closely matched the painted white grout and plaster on the original fireplace wall.

With both renovations completed the owners achieved their desired results that the repairs would be attractive, functional, and sympathetic to the historical fabric of the original house.
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Sun room before photo

New Mercer Tiles were used.
Sun room afer photo 1
Sun room after photo 2
Hearth border tile before photo

Historic tile were reclaimed and incorporated into the new tile layout.
Hearth tile before photo 2
Hearth tile after photo

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Job Location Customer Comment
Allentown, PA Work was timely Very good job. The match to existing work was excellent.
Bethlehem, PA Believe the end product speaks for the quality of workmanship.
Quakertown, PA The beauty of the stone gave our room a very warm feeling and we are happy we have used natural materials. It's gorgeous!
Center Valley, PA There is nothing we can say that appropriately expresses our satisfaction and appreciation for your work and it's quality.
Quakertown, PA Thank you for the excellent workmanship you used on my wall. It is a definite improvement to my home.
Walnutport, PA We are very pleased with the extreme attention devoted to detail; the workmanship performed proves to us that details are what make the finished job extraordinary! Thank you for a job well done!
Bath, PA Dear Mr. deGruchy, The Governor Wolf Historical Society would like to thank you for your donation of bricks for the fireplace, and in addition, for donating your time and energy for installing them. We are most appreciative of your aid in our efforts to restore the McKeon House. Thanks so much. Rusty Herd, Corresponding Secretary
Quakertown, PA We are very pleased.
Quakertown, PA The work was done quickly on schedule and everything returned to its original place. Thank you for a job well done
Kitnersville, PA An excellent - over all job.
Emmaus, PA Completed work met our high expectations. We appreciate the suggestions that were made to enhance the appearance of our home. It is rewarding to find people who have high standards of craftsmanship.
Kitnersville, PA Thank you all for a job well done. The stone wall is beautiful and adds a special touch to our home.
Allentown, PA The stone and brick work have made such an improvement in the appearance of our house! We were very pleased with Mr. deGruchy and his staff.
Quakertown, PA The focal point of our house is the stone work. Everyone comments on the beautiful workmanship. The job was completed timely and professionally. I'd recommend your work to anyone!
Mohnton, PA Excellent job - another bid was slightly lower, but we are happy we chose you because of the excellent quality of your workmanship. Joe Volk
Kitnersville, PA As a result of attention to detail, a good sense of balance in size, color and texture of stones and good skills; our job is better than anticipated.
Allentown, PA The bathroom veneer wall exceeds my expectations - matches our natural stone and will be a beautiful part of this custom designed bathroom. The stone chimney is beautiful work! Thank You.
No Location Thank you for the great job you did. It was nice to deal with somebody who was prompt, reliable and returned your phone calls.
Forest Grove, PA Thorough and thoughtful work. Great attention to details. Had group here for the second time, and if more work is needed, would like deGruchy people back the third time.
Coopersburg, PA Very hard working group - True gentlemen
Germansville, PA ... I would highly recommend Andy deGruchy and his staff. I feel a great burden has been lifted in the solving of my water problem.

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No Location We are very pleased with the work Andy, Jeff, Tex, Charlie and all of the crew performed. The project was bid and executed as described. Everyone was pleasant. There was a lot of attention to details, and they all asked for our opinions whenever there were any questions to resolve.
Riegelsville, PA I had over 20 different contractors on my job and deGruchy was the most reliable and customer-minded of all of them. Everyone from Andy to the helpers were polite and a pleasure to have around my project site and home. There is enough room on paper, but I would gladly talk to prospective customers of deGruchy.
Durham, PA We were impressed with the courteous nature of the workmen. They were friendly, yet professional. We've received more compliments about the stone work than any other restoration we've undertaken.
Stewartsville, NJ A terrific job - staff was wonderful, completely trustworthy, did a thorough clean-up. A beautiful addition to our house - we completely endorse deGruchy.
Newtown, PA DeGruchy Masonry has been involved in the restoration of the historic gravestones in our cemetery for the past 2 years. They have handled a variety of gravestones and we have been very pleased with the quality of their workmanship. We will continue to use them in further projects.

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Langhorne, PA Working with your company was a great experience. Thanks to your cooperation, working with 3 separate entities worked well and all was finished on time and on budget. We love the look of our chimney thanks to your suggestions. We'd hire you again in a heartbeat! Thanks again!