Blueprints are the skeleton of a home. It lays out the footprint of the design.

How large the house will be how it will be divided into rooms, hallways, foyer, bathrooms, kitchen, etc. The “Plans” are comprised of several pages detailing every structural and mechanical detail of the home. The electrical plan, engineering details, foundation, roof, plumbing, doors and window details. Everyone that contributes to the house will use the “Plans” to execute their portion of the project.

It’s critical that many of the major materials be selected during the design process. You can change brands, colors and textures as the project develops but you must make lots of decisions early on.

For the exterior, we decided on a combination of limestone and cypress. Two types of limestone were used. A rough, white chopped stone and architectural cut stone from Rock Solid Stone quarry near Austin, Texas.

We selected cypress for the exterior siding, beams and interior ceilings and accents. Cypress’ unique versatility, breathtaking beauty, unrivaled durability—all are qualities that continue to make cypress a favorite building material for homes across the country. Whether for interior or exterior applications, cypress adds value and a lifetime of good looks.

Cypress is the wood of choice for exterior applications like siding, where longevity and appearance really count. A naturally occurring preservative oil called cypressene is produced in cypress heartwood, making it resistant to insects, rot, decay, and other damaging elements.

Cypress’ rich grain, texture, and color compliment any architectural style and make it ideal for a wide range of uses, such as ceilings, paneling, flooring, cabinetry, and millwork.

Cypress also readily accepts paints and stains, offering homeowners a variety of finishing options. Or, the wood’s natural honey-like hues can be maintained by applying a clear sealer. If left untouched, the wood will weather to an attractive grey over time.

The home has lots and lots of windows and doors. We chose to use Andersen’s Architectural Collection throughout the house. Dividing the living room from the terrace we incorporated a folding door system from their Big Doors Collection. When opened the inside flows seamlessly to the terrace and wooded backyard.

Framing the house took much longer than we had anticipated. The contemporary style required that every board be hand cut and fitted. Once framed the roof went on and the windows were delivered and installed.