Back to business..........I have made it a habit to drive around on as many street to spy on home as I can. If you have seen me around snapping pictures I apologize...I mean no harm. The finishing on an exterior of a home can make it or break it as far as I'm concerned, Too ornate, mis matched stone, stucco colour, roof colour ....oh, how I hate a mismatched roof colour! Lots of decisions need to be made as there is no room for error, this stage is pretty costly. I won't harp on the "eye brow" pet peeve again. I went through a phase where it was all about the Georgian Home. It is still one of my all time favourite, I like the traditional Red irregular brick with its symmetrical exterior design, detailed mouldings ,over sized chimney and large porch. I always wanted that kind of home. I still really do love it but I found myself drawn to a french design. Well, my version of one anyway. Growing up in Malta , many of my uncles where masons so I developed an appreciation for the skill and strength it takes to be one.
I was very attracted to light stone facades. I fell HEAD OVER HEELS in love with Indiana limestone . INDIANA RUBBLE ACTUALLY ! There is nothing "french" about where it comes from because low and behold it comes from Indiana! We ( Florian & I)drove to 2 different stone yards and we hand picked the whitest palettes of stone. I have seen it used in so many different applications but I loved the Over grouting method. Doubt that is actually the term for it but that is what it looks like. I was so worried about the masons not being able to do this "strange " method. I dreaded hours of sample walls.....Lucky for me I have Mr Qendro with his pocket full of tricks and the most skilled trades . Who knew it was a relatively common method??? Well, I cannot take credit for it... but I am so happy with the choice. Each stone is hand chiselled creating a "rock face" which basically means the facade is bumpy and natural looking. This process went much faster than I could have expected and everyday I would go check (stalk the masons) on the progress. I was so happy when the last peace of the original stone( which looked like bacon....honestly it did!) from the origional bungalow was entombed behind this new stone! We debated about what to do around the arched windows, a method I was shown is called "soldiers" which is basically 2" chiselled pieces vertically sandwiched side by side creating an arch. The result is gorgeous!! Another step into getting my dream home built.