Natural Home Show House 2009 | Our Local Limestone Masons Rock!
By Karen Adams
The exterior sheathing is up and rock work is well underway at the Natural Home Show House 2009 in Boerne, Texas. South Central Texas is blessed with an abundance of limestone that comes in a variety of colors and characteristics, and this house will feature a basic limestone from a nearby quarry.
We met Luis Robles, our mason from Fredericksburg, Texas, to discuss types of stone applications, and he gave us several photos and ideas. We agreed that we liked the coursing look—a continuous level of masonry that runs across the entire house with different sizes from top to bottom. The result is a clean and beautiful application that speaks to this project: local use of material and manpower.
The Natural Home Show House 2009 is made from native limestone that is locally quarried in the Texas Hill Country. Photo Courtesy Karen Adams.
Luis and his crew not only bring high craftsmanship to the project, they add creativity to it as well. Luis brought took us to Davis Stone and Landscaping Yard outside of Fredericksburg last to look at different stone samples that will be used for privacy, landscaping and outdoor living area walls. He and his associate Bryan Davis showed us piles and piles of “waste rock” that came from 30 years of rock work in the area. Because they both understand that sustainability comes in many forms, they suggested that we use the “waste rock” for the rock walls.
Doing business with such thoughtful and creative partners is what has made this project so rewarding. If you are in the area, come by and take a look at Luis’ work; it is beautiful, sustainable and is at the heart of this project!
Read more about the Natural Home Show House in Karen Adams' blog archive.