Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Interior Stone Walls

This week the stone masons began their work on the interior stone walls.

We are so pleased with results! 
The rustic texture of the limestone sets off the beams and the antique doors.

I love this view into the dining area.

The kitchen is also transformed by the stone.   
I decided to forgo the more contemporary approach of having tile back splashes, or a special patterning of stone or tile under the hood.  By studying photos of old farm house kitchens in places with climates similar to Texas (Italy, France, Mexico), along with mission and ranch buildings in our south western states, I realized that the stone work inside was scaled the same as the stonework outside because the buildings were solid stone. 

We went with that idea in order to give the our house a feeling of age. 
The scale of the stone works with the scale of the old fashioned hood.

Across from the kitchen, the great room fireplace wall is almost complete.  The flanking cabinets are waiting for stone caps matching the mantel.  The doors above the mantel fold back, and will reveal a flatscreen once we move in.  The lower cabinet on the right will hold the necessary components.
The door on the left leads to the screened porch and the guest house.  The doorway on the right leads to the study.  The next step inside the house will be the saltillo tile floors.

Outside action...

...this giant hole was dug on the far side of the guest house to hold the septic tank.

Not a glamorous addition, but very necessary!

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