French Style in the North Carolina Mountains
This project in Biltmore Forest, Asheville, NC is currently under construction with Jim Selmsenberg of Palladium Home Builders. We travelled with the home owners to Italy to see the various stone options and fabrication process and to meet the craftsmen. This working trip and adventure is something that we relish with clients, when it's possible. The home owners were very much involved in the design and material sourcing and we at DeSantana love working closely with our clients and appreciate the rewarding collaborations..
Several different stones and applications are being installed throughout the interior and exterior of their home. A Thala Beige limestone watertable surrounds the exterior, and the custom front entry surround, wall caps, fountain, stair treads and other exterior details are carved in Italian Lecce Beige limestone.
A beautiful patterned design will be installed on the terraces, consisting of a subtle mixture of Vicenza Beige and Lecce Beige limestones. Blanco Naxos marble slabs and Thala Beige slabs were imported from Italy and installed for the shower walls and countertops respectively.
Updating a Landmark
As part of a significant re-development of the 110-year old historic DuPont Building, DeSantana was awarded the contract to deliver new marble, quartzite and granite for each of the thirteen floors. We are working with Mark Rizzo of Joseph Rizzo & Sons in New Castle, Delaware, Erik Krupp of InTEch Construction and Ashley Phillips of L2 Partridge Architects, both of Philadelphia.
A team trip to the fabrication facilities in Italy included the design and construction representatives, as well as Chemours executives. All agreed that the experience was not only productive and informative, but also enjoyable. The result was streamlined decisions and efficient trouble-shooting: all important team members were present and details were discussed with our fabrication experts, and decisions were made efficiently saving time and cost.
Faith, Symbology and Family
The patriarch of a prominent Charlotte, NC family commissioned DeSantana to provide materials, and design and install a carved stone rotunda that would be a focal point for a small, private family cemetery. We listened to the client's specific vision, as well as his passion for scripture and aspirations, and provided conceptual illustrations for the project, creating a broad, conceptual vision. Numerous additional illustrations, as well as clay models, helped impart in detail the myriad of decorative, religious, and symbolic elements that are a part of the structure.
This client is passionate in his Christian faith and we discussed in depth his interest in symbology, Christian themes and how we would thoughtfully incorporate them into the design. Every decorative component from the large central stone cross sculpture to the olive branch detail on the middle band of each column imbues relevance and beauty into this unique and elegant structure. The result will be a spiritual gathering place for the family and visitors to pray, meditate and share important occasions.
This is a place that is private, welcoming, invites contemplation and is imbued with faith, history and love.
“Architecture is the constant fight between man and nature, the fight to overwhelm nature, to possess it.
The first act of architecture is to put a stone on the ground. That act transforms a condition of nature into a condition of culture; it’s a holy act.” - Mario Botta
On the Water
This elegant contemporary Lake Home in New London, North Carolina is currently under construction. Designed by Randy Barfield, the modern structure is situated on a gorgeous property on Baden Lake. The clients selected Riviera Beige Limestone from Mexico and our application includes large beveled panels, stair treads, wall caps and pier caps. The mix of materials and, palette and landscape are both grounding and inspiring.