Custom Work From a 'Pizza Man'
Almost half of U.S. homes contain some form of customization. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), 25 percent of homeowners purchase or build their homes with custom features already included, such as extra fireplaces, hardwood flooring or outdoor kitchens. Another 20 percent of homeowners add custom features after their purchase.
With Pizzolongo's work, fireplaces, custom barbeques and other traditionally brick accents are made simpler for the remodeler or new builder. Those projects normally require a concrete footing and anchoring to support the weight of the structure. Placing a footing would mean destroying the underlying materials, whether it be grass outside or hardwood floors inside. Pizzolongo discovered a way to bypass these requirements. To make the new structure a fraction of the weight, he uses Sakrete brand stucco and paints the installation with cement colors to create a true look of brick and mortar.
Pizzolongo has been creating innovative plastering, restoration, repair and custom artisan stucco projects for more than 30 years. Now, he is passing his knowledge and talent to his son, Michael Pizzolongo Jr. The two are making a name for themselves with their talent and workmanship.
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