Designers’ Notebook: Use of Stone

Wine done right

Builder: Calvis Wyant Luxury Homes
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Stone: Custom
Locksets/Hardware: Ashley Norton
Fireplaces: Isokern
The wine cellar in this home opens into its own covered grotto. Elsewhere in the home, both upstairs and down, roofed patios extend the interior living spaces outdoors. To support the indoor-outdoor theme, characteristic touches include a private deck and fireplace accessible from the upstairs study.
One large stone wall

Builder: The Carver Group
Location: Travelers Rest, S.C.
Stone: Tennessee fieldstone, North Carolina river rock
Locksets/Hardware: Baldwin
Fireplaces: Isokern
Central Vacuum: Beam
The objective with this home was to build a Craftsman-style house that would appeal to the client’s contemporary tastes while blending into an established mountain lake community. The design included an interior wall measuring 140-ft. long by +/-20-ft. tall running the length of the house. This stone wall had to be supported uninterrupted through the upper floor system. The interior walls were framed, and after rough-ins a stone veneer was applied to both sides.
Cross country stone

Architect: L. Barry Davidson Architects AIA Inc.
Location: Houston
Stone: Champion Stone
Roofing: Samaca
Siding: James Hardie
Windows: Kolbe & Kolbe
Skylights: Velux
Garage doors: Wayne Dalton
This complex stone farmhouse sits on a large wooded property northwest of Houston. Natural stone was selected by the clients for its durability and the country look they were accustomed to in Pennsylvania. The stone selection process involved many samples because the very green Pennsylvania stone was not readily available, and when it became available it was not quite as green as desired. The two-story home with one-story wings permitted spacious central front and back porches and a large core gathering room.
Staying local

Architect: Austin Design Inc.
Location: Colrain, Mass.
Stone: Local/native stone
Siding: Recycled Douglas fir
Roofing: Western Red Cedar
This custom ski-vacation getaway in Vermont is designed for a family of six. Rather than altering the site to accommodate the home, the home was designed to accommodate the landscape as if it had been there for years. Spruce paneling and interior doors were hand made in Switzerland in a small shop, then transported and installed in Vermont.
Blending with nature

Architect: The Davis Experience
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Stone: Owens Corning
Doors: Therma-Tru
Flooring: Concrete
Lighting: Kovac
The objective was to build a home that looked and felt like it had literally grown out of the woods. The homeowners wanted a retreat that offered a contemporary flavor. The goal was to create a home that invited nature into every room. The design takes advantage of the expansive views of the surrounding woods and trout stream flowing gently below. The entire finished floor of the home is colored concrete, and having to work around and protect the floor during fairly heavy construction was a challenge.
Indirect to the source

Builder: Padgett Construction Inc.
Location: Lexington, Ky.
Architect: McCoy Architects
Location: Lexington, Ky.
Stone: Buckskin limestone
Roofing: Slate
Garage doors : Artisan Custom Doorworks
Doors: Marvin
Windows: Marvin
The old-world style of this home is unique to the region. The exterior is a combination of stone, slate and copper. Architectural correctness was the goal for both the interior and exterior. The biggest challenges were sourcing materials not readily available in the region, most notably the exterior stone which was selected from a photograph in a magazine. Sourcing and pricing of every finish was a team effort, which included an acceptance of the realities of procurement issues such as lead times and relative value to the outcome.