Stone Exterior Selected Plus Dear Carolina

August 26, 2015

I thought you might enjoy following along with my new house build in RI which I wrote about here.

The foundation was poured and now there is a three week waiting period for the waterproofing tar to dry:

ray foundation

My first step was helping the homeowner select stone for his exterior. The stone veneer is chosen first because it is the most expensive item and the least available in the choice of the stone, siding, roof, and trim. We traveled around neighborhoods and various stone stores to find the perfect stone he was looking for. We found it, hooray!:

ray stone store

It is the middle display. Here it is on a home model:

Ray stone

ray stone home2

The client really loves it and I like it also because of all the different colors to work with. We are going with a mosaic pattern with joints, (grouting) the same as the photo above.  Choosing stone was the first large step, now we can choose the siding and roofing that will work with the stone veneer. Moving right along!

Here is the house plan my client choose:

ray front plan

Here is the link if you would like to see the floor plans and additional photos. This was the plan he began with. Then he hired an architect to revise the plans to his liking. Now he is working with the builder and myself. If you look at the above photo, he asked me if I would suggest putting stone at the top of the front gable. I suggested to him to leave it siding, (maybe a decorative siding). I think it would look too heavy with the stone up in the air like that. Don’t you agree?

I also wanted to tell you about this great new book I read over vacation:

me beach

Dear Carolina, by Kristy Woodson Harvey. A wonderful story about two strong women from the South whose lives are intertwined by family, love and a new baby girl. One of the main characters is a famous interior designer so that was fun to read about too! You can read more about the book here.

Dear Carolina High Res

I spoke with the author Kristy and she offered to send an autographed copy to the lucky winner of a raffle! That was so nice of her. All you have to do to enter is give your answer below in the comment section: “What was your favorite summer book you read this year?” Contest ends Friday, August29th at midnight.

Good luck!


  1. The best book ever written, summer read or anytime read, is the Holy Bible. I have read it several times and each time it is slightly different. It is the “living word “. Pick it up, give it a go. It will change your life!!

  2. Totally agree about not putting that stone up top. Top-heavy was my immediate thought. I would even consider all the gables being siding after the angle turn toward the top.

  3. Totally agree with NO stone above front gable, it would look top-heavy.
    I just read a book – Designing Your Perfect House: Lessons from an architect and it had a “do not do this” picture of a house with heavy brick on top with no support below.

  4. After seeing the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” countless times, I finally got the book to read. The movie’s great but the book is even better. So my fav for the summer (of several I’ve read) is “Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes.

    Love seeing the progression of your client’s house. The stone is great!

  5. Country by Danielle Steele
    A great book to seize the moment. Life has many strange twists and turns and you just never know where you will wind up. A great summer read.

  6. My favorite “good read” is The Sisters by Nancy Jensen. It is a touching fictional novel about events and choices that shape not only our lives but the lives of generations to come. This is an epic yet intimate journey through eighty years, ultimately revealing the flawed but lovely landscape that makes up a family. The characters will stay with you for a while after you read this one.

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