Limestone Comparison
  density thickness max dimension weight compressive psi local finishes color shells  
OOLITE very porous 4″-10″ 28″ x 60″ 100 lbs / ft3 Not Tested Yes Saw cut, Trench cut, Filled yellowish, dark iron deposits None
FLORIDA KEYSTONE porous 1″ or 2″ or custom 28″ x 28″ 110 / ft 3 650 Yes Roughback, Sawcut, Filled,Honed white, ages dark grey Brain Coral
DOMINICAN CORALINA (DOMINICAN KEYSTONE) porous 3/4″or 1-3/4″ or custom 48″ x 48″ 130 lbs / ft 3 2200 DR Chiseled edge,Filled, Brushed, Splitface, Sawcut, Honed yellow – recent quarries are yellower Fan Shells
HEMINGWAY (DENSE OOLITE) dense 1”, 1.25”, 2” 24 x 36 130 lbs / ft 3 2200 Yes Snap Cut, Rough Face, Smooth Face, Brushed Face cream or gold Some – Conch Tight Structures
INDIANA KEYSTONE very dense 1″, 2″, custom 90 x 48  140 lbs/ ft 3 4000 Indiana Sawcut, Broached, Abrasive, Rockfaced, Bush hammered buff, full color blend, silver buff, gray variegated None
CALCAIRE very dense 2-9″ 14″ x 28″ 140 lbs/ ft 3 3700 Yes Saw cut  Gray with Iron Brown Movement Some – Conch Tight Structures

DIY Christmas Gift With Stone

Forget your sleeve. Really put your heart out there. Hang it on your deck, balcony or wherever you want to share. Rock on

Step 1: Make the Outline
Step 2: Create the Shape
Step 3: Finishing Touches
One day COST
Under $25
Step 1: Make the Outline
Outline a heart shape in heavy-gauge wire. Using a pair of pliers, tie the points together with garden wire.

Step 2: Create the Shape
Place the heart shape over a double layer of chicken wire, and cut out a slightly larger heart with wire cutters. Tie the chicken wire to the wire frame with garden wire, leaving an opening through which to fill it.

Step 3: Finishing Touches
Fill the heart with pretty pebbles. (Try large, colored glass pebbles if you want to up the bling factor.) Close the opening; attach a sturdy chain and hang.




Small Business Saturday

It’s small business Saturday so I thought it would be a great opportunity to remind you that your local stone yard Larry’s Cap Rock and Stone depends on you.

We have 12 employees total. Think about that: 5 fabricators, 4 office staff, 2 truck drivers, and 1 yard foreman. We employ no subcontracted labor. Our company relies on the founder’s core principle to guide and empower our staff : Serve each client humbly, gratefully, and with knowledge.

Our small business started in 1992 when Larry began selling stone to supplement his tire business and clothe and feed his 4 kids. 2 of those 4 kids manage the company.

Pictured from Top to Bottom:

Larry’s grandfather, Joseph Bernard Albregts from Holland

Larry with his wife Sara and their three daughters (2nd in from left to right Rebecca, Rachel & Allyson)

Larry’s father Earl Eugene Albregts with daughter Allyson

Ryan Albregts, Larry’s son






Behind every piece of stone we fabricate us is the inspiration of a talented designer, the knowledge and compassion of a knowledgable sales associate, and the hand of an experienced craftsmen.

And when it comes time to deliver your precious cargo, you are in good hands with Pedro. Pedro, a kind and experienced driver, is a Cuban immigrant to South Florida. Pedro has been with Larry’s for almost 5 years and is one of the most dedicated employees on staff. He has an easy going style and witty charm that serve him well on the challenging streets of Miami. Thank you for your service Pedro.





2012 AIA Miami Design Awards

Arquitectonica, Oppenheim Architecture + Design and Mateu Architecture were among the big winners at the 58th Annual American Institute of Architects Miami Design Awards gala Friday night.
Arquitectonica and Oppenheim Architecture + Design both won twice for different projects, and Mateu Architecture was named Firm of the Year during the awards at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center on Miami Beach.

The awards honored excellence in architecture, interior design, landscape, unbuilt design, student design, and the architecture firm of the year.
“The AIA Miami Design Awards highlight the very best that Miami has to offer. The competition continues to be extremely strong. Each winner personifies the creativity, innovation, and talent inherent in Miami’s architectural community,” stated Alex Silva, AIA Miami Chapter President. “More and more, Miami architects and designers are being lauded throughout the world for their unique outlook and exceptional work, and we are enormously proud to call them our own.”

A panel of architects and designers from California judged 140 applicants and bestowed 17 awards in six categories. The projects can be located elsewhere, but the applicants must practice in Miami or the Keys.
The complete winners of the 2012 AIA Miami Design Awards are:

• Excellence in Architecture: Arquitectonica, Florida International University School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA)

• Excellence in Architecture: Arquitectonica, East Los Angeles College Performing & Fine Arts Complex;

Excellence in Interior Design award-winner DEN Architecture for the Bilezikjian Apartment renovation.

• Excellence in Architecture: Cure and Penabad Architecture & Urban Design, MDO Building

• Excellence in Architecture: Max Strang Architecture, Lakehouse Residence

• Excellence in Architecture: Perez & Perez Architects Planners, Inc., Miami International Airport Metrorail Station

• Excellence in Architecture: Perkins + Will, Signature Place

• Excellence in Interior Design: DEN Architecture, Bilezikjian Apartment Renovation

• Excellence in Interior Design: FORMA Design Inc., BloÄ Dental

• Landscape Architecture: Raymond Jungles, Inc., 1111 Lincoln Road

• Unbuilt Design Award: Cure and Penabad Architecture & Urban Design, IMSA

• Unbuilt Design Award: Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Bel Air

• Unbuilt Design Award: Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Wharf Road

• Unbuilt Design Award: R & R Studios, Roberto Behar & Rosario Maquardt, Toftegards Plads Syd

• Unbuilt Design Award: Rene Gonzalez Architect, Dune Road Residence

• Student Design Award: Daisy Marie Nodal/Florida International University, Miami of Tomorrow

• Student Design Award: Eric Rodgers/University of Miami, Prana Fazenda House

• Firm of the Year: Mateu Architecture

• People’s Choice Award – Project Selected by the Public: 2020 Alton Road – Cube House

AIA Miami Honor Awards

The AIA Miami Honor Awards for 2012 were juried by a local committee to recognize outstanding achievement in architecture, urban design, contracting, engineering and other related industries. The honorees are:
• Architect of the Year: John Forbes, AIA – Forbes Architects
• Young Architect of the Year: Alyssa Kriplen, AIA – Allan T. Shulman Architect
• Urban Designer of the Year: Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co.
• Associate of the Year: Yovanna Alvarez, Associate AIA – HKS Architects
• Architectural Photographer of the Year: Greg Clark
• Contractor of the Year: Coastal Construction
• Consulting Engineer of the Year: John Moulder, PE
• Developer of the Year: Goldman Properties
• Leader in Education: Jean Francois LeJeune
• Leadership in Government: Alberto Carvalho
• Writing About Architecture: Marilys Nepomechie, FAIA
• Historic Preservation Award: William Cary

Larry’s Cap Rock and Stone would like to congratulate the award winners.

Dolomitic Limestone

What is dolomitic limestone?
LCRS partners with quarries in Indiana and Minnesota to supply dolomitic limestone. Dolomitic limestone is a stronger and less porous limestone. Dolomitic limestone is a calcareous stone which is mostly composed of calcium carbonate, this alone making it so very sensitive to and acid or harsh chemicals. Dolomite limestone also has magnesium properties and distinct color veins, which really make it stand apart from other types of limestone. Most other limestones do not have the rich colors found in dolomite limestone. LCRS quarries from three very distinct veins of color.

These ranges offer the uniqueness in color that makes buildings and landscapes stand out from the average brick or other natural stones that are quarried from a single sedimentary vein.
Dolomitic limestone is stronger and less porous stone than oolitic limestone and can handle the freeze thaw cycles of most exterior applications in North America.




New Construction Mobile App by Dewalt For All Trades

A new mobile app launched on May 2 by the toolmaker DeWalt lets contractors and tradespeople perform hundreds of calculations in the field, with instant feedback to show how the calculation was performed.

The free DeWalt Mobile Pro app for the iPhone, iPod or iPad has five basic calculations as well as the option of adding “packs” for hundreds of trade-specific calculations and reference materials at various costs.

The basic app includes a construction calculator for solving complex jobsite math, such as estimating the quantity of brick-mortar ties, the sand and cement needed for a structure with multiple walls, and gables and sloped elevations, says Greg Clayton, vice president of Delmar Cengage Learning, one of the app’s co-creators with DeWalt. The app also shows a running history of recent calculations and has a customizable list of favorite calculations. The results can be e-mailed.

Mobile Pro is distinguished from other construction apps by the add-on packs, Clayton claims. Packs for plumbing, electrical, HVAC, landscaping and finished materials will be released in the next three months, but five packs are out now at costs ranging from $2 to $10; they include carpentry, concrete, business and finance, sitework and construction math, which has numerous templates for calculations.

Bobby Person, Delmar executive editor, says the templates cut “the danger of errors” by reducing data entry, since formulas and other data embedded in the system are accessible via a pull-down menu, with options such as stairs, wall openings or roof underlayment.

Ben McKenzie, owner of McKenzie Property Management, Charleston, S.C., says the app is especially handy for area and volume conversion when calculating materials. “When you put in new drywall, it lets you choose the gypsum board size and calculates the total number of sheets for the room area,” he says. “It’s not always exact, since you sometimes have oddball cuts and pieces, but it gets you in the ballpark so you can start rolling without exact drawings.”

The Install Is Important.

Quality … The Install Is Important

It is obviously important to compare apples to apples when comparing stone masons. Don’t compare ceramic tile installers with stone masons. They both have great skill sets but its like asking a square peg to fit in a round hole.

Be careful that your estimate spells out the specific stone, thickness and finish. Lead times are extremely important. Insure your mason is familiar with local zoning codes. Ask him or her for links to their portfolio or web site of completed work. Finally, show him or her photos of what you like so you are both on same page from a design intent standpoint.

All install photos courtesy of Stonefish