The recent construction of a 10,000-square-foot
residence in Wexford, PA, features ledgerock on the exterior
facade, allowing the home to relate to its natural setting.
10,000-square-foot private residence in Wexford, PA, ledgerock was selected for
the exterior facade to complement its surrounding environment. The home, which
is surrounded by a manicured landscape full of grass and trees, also features
ledgerock on its interior.
“[The goal was to]
design a house that fits with the natural setting - one that would be warm and
comfortable,” said Paul Whitehead of WTW Architects. “[We wanted] a house that
would blur the line between in and out.”
The material - sized in 4- to 6-inch pieces front to
back in random lengths and heights - is a blend of 70 percent Germantown ledgerock and 30 percent
Wissahickon Schist ledgerock. It was produced by Rolling Rock Building Stone,
Inc. in Boyertown, PA,
and supplied by J.A. Kohlhepp Stone
Center in Dubois, PA.
provided the ability to carry the exterior material into the interior, creating
a consistent flow. Additionally, it enabled a connection with the home’s
natural setting and made for a solid structure, which was something the design
team was after.
“Ledgerock was chosen
for the main bearing walls, allowing the structure to grow out of the site and
be an integral part of the natural environment,” said Whitehead. “The stone
walls and supporting piers are emphasized on the interior of the
The material is a
blend of 70 percent Germantown
ledgerock and 30 percent Wissahickon Schist ledgerock - sized in 4- to 6-inch
pieces front to back in random lengths and heights. It was produced by Rolling
Rock Building Stone, Inc. in Boyertown, PA, and supplied by J.A.
Center in Dubois, PA.
that brick had also been a material for consideration. “The brick, although
less expensive, would have compromised the natural character that we wanted to
achieve,” he said. “We felt that the ledgerock projects permanence and part of
Inside, the home showcases ledgerock walls and
supporting piers. The interior additionally features polished limestone floors
with inset carpets running along the main flooring.
The client, who was
involved in the selection process, shared similar thoughts. “They accompanied
me while we viewed various stone buildings and felt as I did that it was
important that the material should be natural and project the feel of
permanence,” said the architect.
As far as the
installation went, Whitehead did routine site inspections and watched the stone
as it was laid. “We directed the mason in laying up a sample panel that would
give us a random wall that blended the various sizes,” he said. “We wanted
raked joints, which had to be properly tooled.”
The residence, which
additionally features polished limestone floors with inset carpets running
along the interior’s main flooring, began construction in August 2007 and was
completed in January 2010.
Architects, Pittsburgh, PA
Rolling Rock Building Stone, Inc., Boyertown,
Supplier: J.A. Kohlhepp