A recent construction of a private residence in Shelter Island, NY, made extensive use of Israeli travertine - supplied by West End Stone in New York, NY. The selected stone takes advantage of heat from the home’s abundant natural light, as the design of the structure called for glass window walls on all four sides of the home.
When the architect, Michael Johnson of Michael P. Johnson Studios in Cave Creek, AZ, looked at the site for the project, he knew that he wanted to optimize the views. “I lifted the house off the ground to get a better view of the water,” he said. “I’ve been doing this too many years, so I never go in with a design goal. I just look at the site. There’s a logical solution to it, and it just kind of happens.”
Johnson, who visited the site once a month during construction as well as being present during the floor layout, explained that for out-of-state residential projects, he normally gets specific with the contractor he finds. “What I generally do when I work out-of-state is find a contractor that has been building these kinds of buildings or one that has been doing commercial rather than residential, because they’re used to looking at and following architectural plans,” he said.
Shelter Island, NY
Architect: Michael P. Johnson Studios, Cave Creek, AZ
Stone Supplier: West End Stone, New York, NY