Texas “Cordova” Cream blocks from our own quarry were shipped to our milling facility in Florence, Texas where we produced all the architectural features. Continental also purchased Hadrian Limestone blocks from TexaStone Quarries located in Big Spring, Texas. We partnered with Texas Carved Stone on the intricate carved pieces.
The stone was chosen by the home owners, who wanted to use Texas Limestone for the rich and elegant look these two particular stones have. This home is nestled into a neighborhood in downtown Austin, Texas. It sits in a majestic manner with oak trees and native trees protecting it from the hustle and bustle of the city life, while still offering the excitement of Austin. This home is not a large home, but has the elegance of any mansion. Over 4,000 pieces of cut Texas “Cordova” Cream and Hadrian Limestone enhance the exterior of the home, garage and pool house. There was also over 1,200 pieces of stone accents such as window surrounds, balustrade, caps, treads, risers and cornices which were carved by Bob Ragan of Texas Carved Stone. Some of the stone pieces weighed as much as 1,000 pounds! As you can see, the entire exterior of this home is stone. It was truly a puzzle that once together, was the job of a lifetime. It is the perfect design, for a perfect home, in a perfect setting.
Design by: Cottam Hargrave Architecture and Construction, Austin TX
Stone Supplier: Continental Quarries, Inc. & Continental Cut Stone Inc., Florence, TX
Stone Installer: JP Castelline Masonry, Austin, TX
In October of 2002, Jay Hargrave, of Cottam Hargrave, was commissioned by builder Gary Robinson to design and build a residence in the wooded hills of Austin, Texas. The focus of the house was simplicity and quality rather than quantity. The roughly rectangular site climbs steeply to a view at the rear, with access at the bottom. As a result, the foundation becomes an integral part of the entry sequence. Described as a traditionalist in the use of materials, Hargrave allows the natural properties to be expressed distinctly from adjacent materials. Stone details include solid lintel blocks, monolithic stone steps and Lueders caps throughout.
402 Redbud Trail is an excellent example of contemporary expression used in residential design. The stone use anchors the house as an outcropping in relation to the surrounding trees. The design fits well into the context of the site and the stone is carried into the interior in a well detailed, well scaled, modest manner.
Mayan House – Austin Texas
Project Team Members
Architect: Paul Lamb Architects
Installer / General Contractor: Escobedo Construction
Cut Stone Supplier: Continental Cut Stone, Inc.
Mortarless “zero-joint” coursing, a modernized version of a Mayan “low lift” construction and the hand chiseled texture were employed in an effort to meet the collective objective and design created by client and the architect. In order to create a stone stairway with an open interior, the team developed a method of cantilevering stone treads from a concrete shaft wall. The variety of Texas limestones allowed the team to express the diversity and richness that they discovered in research of Mayan architecture.
“This Work is an impressive example of thorough research by a professional designer, resulting in accurate replication of the ancient Mayan architectural style & technique. This challenging design was then complimented by superior artisanship to accomplish the fit and finish of the natural stones, without the forgiveness as normally afforded by mortar-filled joint.”