Split-faced limestone creates primal space
When selecting materials for any of his architectural projects, Chandler considers a variety of factors. â€œWe approach practices in architecture from all elements - its color, its texture and what is appropriate to evoke the image we are trying to create,â€ he said.
According to Chandler, visitors enter the kitchen between two large volumes of stone, which are â€œvery structural in appearance.â€ Adding contrast to the rough-faced, lightly colored limestone, the kitchen was designed with darker and more modern materials. The countertops feature Ugualla Brown granite, while the island countertop is comprised of Ubatuba granite. Both materials were supplied by Colours of the Rainbow of Houston, TX.
Another highlight of the home is a stone vessel sink - supplied by Elegant Additions of Houston, TX - which is found in the downstairs powder room. The sides of the square-shaped sink are comprised of green marble, and the bottom of the sink features five or six different shades of mosaic tiles that form a unique pattern.
Exterior stoneworkThe architect carried an additional 15 tons of Windsor Grey limestone to the exterior of the home. The material was used for outdoor applications because of its â€œstructural presence and its rustic texture, which strengthened the home's primal image,â€ said Chandler. The rough-faced limestone was used for three large sections of an exterior wall, and stucco was installed in between each section to match the house. Furthermore, Sweetwater Pools of Houston, TX, installed black granite water features at each section of the wall.
Additionally, smooth-finished Windsor Grey limestone - in 3-inch-thick cut blocks - was implemented for the pool coping and the platform for a fire pit, which were also installed by Sweetwater Pools.
The architect felt that the limestone he selected gave the house a real sense of permanence. â€œIt says that a house is built solid and built well,â€ said Chandler. â€œIt says 'I'm going to be here' - permanently, not just temporarily, and people today want that. Stone gives a sense of being, whereas stucco and other materials are more temporary.â€
Chandler Residence Houston, TX
Architect: Gary R. Chandler Architecture and Interiors, Houston, TX
Stone Suppliers: Alamo Stone, Houston, TX (Windsor Grey limestone); Colours of the Rainbow, Houston, TX (Ugualla Brown granite, Ubatuba granite, Rainforest Green marble, Moss Green mosaic tiles); Elegant Additions, Houston, TX (vessel sink)
Exterior Stone Installer: Sweetwater Pools, Houston, TX (wall, pool surround, fountains)