"All-masonry homes are durable, virtually indestructible, and almost maintenance free. They are beautiful, environmentally clean, have excellent fire ratings, do not settle, and do not experience mold, moisture, or noise problems."

"The only drawback in the past, and it certainly was a significant one, was the substantial cost difference between masonry and conventional wood frame construction. The cost margin between the two approaches has now shrunk to the point where the many benefits of masonry make it an economically viable alternative, at least in my area of the country," according to Patrick M. Halloran, president, Halloran Masonry Inc., Athens, Ga.