Olde World Homes/LUXE Homes Design+Build
From: Bryan Leith
Subject: Our visit to Stone Legends in Dallas.
As most of you know David Gibbons, Nick, and myself made a trip to Dallas to go visit Stone Legends to check out their operation, product, and meet with the owner Richard Carey and staff. We were also fortunate enough to meet up with Josh for dinner on Tuesday night, which was awesome. (Thanks again Josh!)
A brief summary of our visit and our experience with Stone Legends and Richard Carey: We were absolutely blown away with the company as a whole and the product that they produce! We were equally impressed with Richard and his knowledge, passion, and SUPER detailed processes to ensure that he is sending out the absolute best product possible for the best possible price.
He has a HUGE staff; from craftsman carpenters making all of the molds (tens of thousands), to architects and drafters making sure that every detail is shown, the shipping department ensuring that all of the material is exactly marked and palletized in the most secure form we have ever seen, and the production team to fill the molds and produce the final product (all by hand)! We are fully confident and even more excited to use their product for Linkners project and more for the future.
Olde World Homes/LUXE Homes Design+Build
One of the homes we just mentioned in the previous post needs further mention. We produced this home in southern Oregon, and the home has become something much more. This estate has a working vinyard, as well as a luxurious resort and event facility. Most of our photos were taken before all the landscaping was put in, before it covered up our cast stone. You can see more photos of the project completed by going to their website, http://www.bellefiorewine.com/
Cast Stone Detail Images
Cast Stone Chateauesque Style
Many of the homes we produce stone for follow classic architectural styles. Some of the grandest homes we do are in the “Chateauesque” style. This first home is a great example. This home is part of the Belle Fiore Vineyard and Winery, and includes a bed and breakfast and a wedding chapel.
Chateauesque style is a revival of the architectural styles of the French renaissance, in particular French country houses built in the Loire Valley of the 1500’s, which were influenced by late Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. The revival primarily ran from the late 1800’s to the 1910’s.
Chateauesque houses have many of these features:
homes are invariably large mansions
highly ornamented roofline
ornate windows and doors
tall, elaborate chimneys
steeply pitched hipped roof
multiple dormers, towers, and turrets
stone or masonry construction
These photos were taken just after construction was completed, but before the landscaping and grape vines were put in. You can see the final look (with all the plants covering up our cast stone!) here, http://www.bellefiorewine.com/chateau/
Here is a different project, a very castle-like design. The checker-board pattern is light and dark square stone panels.
This is a third Chateauesque home, a bit smaller than the previous two palaces, but still an impressive architectural design. Note each of the three have a round (Hexagonal here, Octagonal on the first property) Each have grand staircases, and curved window surround tops, and each has a row of midline banding, along with a rough stone wall cladding.
Cast Stone Staircases
One of our biggest, grandest, most visually stunning groups of products is our staircase units. We will build a set of cast stone stairs in whatever width, elevation and angle you need to walk up or down from, straight, curved or split. carefully designed to fit together like a huge 3 Dimensional Jigsaw Puzzle, Stone legends carefully drafts each part to fit right into place.
We produced cast stone fountains and waterscapes for one commercial company for several different locations.
All the planters, wall caps, and panels for the walls and bridge are manufactured cast stone.
We also produced cast stone firepits for the communal areas of the mall.
Cast stone fire pit at Village at Meridian Mall, Meridian Idaho
These fountains next are a different style (we have many options for freestanding multi-tiered fountains like this one), installed in a different location, done in a custom color as well.
The project manager at D.R. Horton (for the three images immediately above) sent out a memo to the architects and landscape designers at B.G.O. Architects about fountain suppliers for their company’s ongoing projects.
“DHIC project has a cast stone fountain, standard from Stone Legends, Dallas, TX. These are the best cast stone manufactures in the US. I used them exclusively on two massive life style retail projects, The Village at Meridian, Boise, Idaho and The Shops at Station Park, Farmington, Utah. The work across the US and Internationally. The two mirror projects were $630M combined. If we have a fountain on our project, Stone Legends will provide the fountain cast stone, and Strand currently is providing the foundation structure”
This 5′ x 9′ custom stone art signage is for the Louisiana Department of Transportation, the art work was designed for a mix-master highway interchange in Shreveport, on Highway I-49.
A funny story to tell: Our stone has quartz in it that refracts light, and for years prior to digital photography, the light coming off the stone would burn the film. In bright sunlight the details washed out lit very carefully. I saw the need to not have flat surfaces that were relieved one half of an inch stepping up and down to make the art work a relief. So I contacted the general contractor PCL Civil Constructors asking for a meeting to discuss my artistic liberty. Little did I know what I had asked for?
Some time later a call was arranged upon my behalf to discuss my inputs as an artist. I never got an exact account on how many people were on the conference call, but there seemed to be several people on the other end of the line.
As one might expect they were concerned at what this modification was going to cost? I explained that I believed I could do it in the same budget though it did increase the difficulty. Now after that statement, I had a following that was growing, and though there was a cost to bear, it would not be passed along to them, since I felt it was in the best interest of the State of Louisiana to have our best effort. I further described, as I did above, the inherent nature of stone’s ability to refract light and how to use it to our advantage. They accepted the idea in premise, or the main speaker did, and I started to move on to the next step of approving the art work.
Not so fast, one voice said, and then another chimed in and another soon I was starting to figure out just how many people were on the call, and it was getting out of hand quickly, These people were certainly passionate about the art for their project. So, just before things went critical I said with a loud voice “HOLD IT”
As the airways fell silent, in a voice of assurance that was as bold as I could speak and still sound calm I said, “At the risk of sounding like Donald J Trump …. Trust me, your going to love it.”
That’s when I know there were even more on the conference call that I could have imagined as laughter broke out like a stadium. I was allowed my artistic liberty. Here is one of the four designs that got approved with no changes. More to come…
A recent project had a lovely and detailed sign made from the company symbol of two deer and a tree. We received the plans in mid 2015 for Homeland Bank in Monroe, Louisiana.
The sign really captured the almost photo like quality of the original image, a moment captured as the two deer paused under a tree in a field. The texture of the grass and tree appears quite realistic, and the deer have more relief from the flat cast stone of the sky background to make them stand out.
This shows the pieces that went into the complete cast stone entry with the sign. The cross section shows the stacks of flat profiles that create the Greek Revival style pediment and stone columns. There is another touch of cast stone art in the top of the columns as well as another sign with cast in lettering, note the sharpness of the decorative serifs on the lettering.
Cast Stone Sign, Cast stone entry, stone columns, greek revival
Cast Stone Lions –
Lions by Stone Legends greet me with a peace
only strength could offer.
A classic style, and one of our popular pieces of cast stone art. This prone lion looks as natural and as detailed as the real thing, all it’s missing is the roar.
Even an understated entrance can make a statement.
We produced stone for the Life Sciences Building on the University of North Texas Denton campus. We built the main entry for the building, including the curved sign above the door, and a sculpted sign for the plaza at the corner.
The entry has several parts to it, The curved banding that caps the brick columns, a surround for the door and window above, and the lettering that runs along many panels as well as a wide radius curve.
This is the sculpted sign they put in the plaza between several buildings
Here is a young couple taking photos, with our sign as the background
Closeups of the details.
And a high resolution shot of the sign
Cast stone signage, University of North Texas life science building