During a question and answer session at a recent industry conference, a home builder asked Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi for his thoughts about the labor
The great room fireplace, one of five in the home, provides another example of Chateau Cool Stone’s artistry. This fireplace features a combination of imported marble, granite and hand-carved limestone.
|The great room fireplace, one of five in the home, provides another example of Chateau Cool Stone’s artistry. This fireplace features a combination of imported marble, granite and hand-carved limestone.
The hand-carved limestone on both the inside and out of this Renaissance-style home allowed Pedersen to transform her dream home into a physical reality and still stay within budget, she says. Rather than importing costly limestone blocks, Pedersen relied on a process that creates "new" limestone developed by Chateau Cool Stone. The Pleasanton, Calif.-based company specializes in reproducing authentic European architecture using a process they’ve developed for reconstituting powdered limestone. This mixture is hand-troweled or pneumatically applied onto a pre-prepared surface.
While still soft, the new stone surface can be finished in a variety of ways or can be hand-carved by one of the company’s craftsmen.
The involvement of Chateau Cool Stone was critical to the success of this project, according to Pedersen. "We wanted to create a home that looked as though it cost two to three times as much as it cost to build," she says.
According to John Krisman, Chateau Cool Stone co-partner, their process adds a high degree of perceived value to a home. "This particular project represents the some of the best work that we’ve done," he says.
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