STG weekly Small Business for Under $5000 Post!!!

Stonemason and Decorative Brick Worker

 

Description of Job

• Design and install decorative stone and brick walkways, patios, walls, and

garden features.

• Build brick and stone custom barbecues.

• Repair and maintain existing exterior stonework.

The Need

Outdoor stonework in the form of walkways, patios, walls, and barbecues can

beautify a property and increase its value. Stonemasonry is one of the oldest construction

skills, little changed in thousands of years; in modern days it is a craft

not often practiced.

Challenges

This is outdoor work, with heavy lifting.

You’ll need to lift and place heavy stones, bricks, and tiles and use tools to

shape them. You’ll also be working with heavy mortar and cement.

In some parts of the country, this is a seasonal job that is available from late

spring through late fall.

You may be called upon to design a decorative element or wall or to follow

the plans drawn by an architect or contractor.

Know the Territory

Stonework is in demand nearly everywhere, but with different purposes or styles

in various settings. In a big city, jobs might include walkways, steps, and small

patios. In rural and suburban settings, jobs might include larger patios, outdoor

fireplaces and barbecues, and stone walls.

The traditional method of training for stonemasonry is to work as a helper or

apprentice to a skilled craftsperson. In some areas, unions offer training and formal

apprenticeship programs. You can also learn many of the skills from books,

web sites, and educational programs. The International Union of Bricklayers and

Allied Craftsworkers has programs around the country and a national training

and education center in Maryland to teach basic job skills for brick, stone, tile,

terrazzo, and restoration work.

How to Get Started

If you are already trained as a stonemason, advertise your services with flyers at

home and garden centers, retail outlets, and community centers. Place ads in

newspapers and shopping guides.

Make yourself known to architects, contractors, and landscapers who might

recommend your services to their clients; offer a commission or bonus for work

they send to you. Ask satisfied customers to recommend you to others; in return,

offer them a bonus or discount on further work.

Up-front Expenses

You’ll need stoneworking tools, cement and mortar mixing equipment, and landscaping

equipment.

You will need a truck or van to transport your tools and equipment. You may

be able to have stone, brick, and other materials delivered directly to the site by

your suppliers; if not, you’ll need a heavy truck with a lift gate or ramp.

Other expenses include advertising and promotion.

How Much to Charge

For a simple job like a barbecue or a brick patio, you can charge an all-inclusive

set fee that covers the cost of materials and your time. Another option is to charge

an hourly rate plus the cost of materials and supplies.

Skilled stonemasons typically charge $25 to $40 per hour for their labor;

unionized workers generally receive a higher rate.

Legal and Insurance Issues

Special notes:

Some municipalities and local homeowners’ associations may

have regulations about the type and size of ornamentation, walls, and fences.

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