Stone Masonry done by Owner
Before the owners began working on their Craftsman-style home in the Rowan County countryside, they had a few important things on their list: lots of natural light, stone steps, large columns and porch fans. The owners wanted many windows and light because of the home's beautiful setting.
In 2005, work began on home. Alfred saw that the stone located on the site would be perfect for the foundation, and suggested that the owners could consider doing the masonry themselves. They liked the idea.
Melissa took on the project, and although she never expected to do stone work on her own home, she said she would do it again.
“It was a puzzle to put together,” she said. She completed stone masonry on the porch columns, the foundation and the inside fireplace after Alfred set the forms.
The home's extraordinary detail is evident inside and outside. The owners appreciated being consulted about every detail of the project. The porch features a barrel vaulted ceiling and porch columns which match inside columns. Good insulation and 9 foot ceilings in the living area help keep energy costs very low.
“You don’t know what you can do until someone tells you. It was a ‘can do’ thing. What Alfred did was to give two people willing and ready to get their hands dirty the opportunity to do that. He gave us the ability to do that, and we didn’t even know we had it.”
Porch column by the client-turned-stone-mason
Custom shelving above breakfast room window to display client's birdhouse collection.
Living room fireplace: stonework by owner.