About This Project
Oxford house- This stone and timbered house was inspired by a variety of French farm houses from our travels. It is a square and upright house and consists of 2 living areas, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. At the corners of the exterior timbering are custom cut brackets that hold the timbers in place. The stone house is situated on the street with the very nicest of neighbors that were so helpful throughout the entire project, almost to the point where we nearly moved into it ourselves. With similar limestone used at the castle, the house is both traditional and efficient; as stone houses tend to have an added thermal mass that aids in the insulator effects of a house- they heat and cool slower. This added benefit was an opportune coincidence in olden times and a great benefit in today’s efficiency pursuits. Plus they never need to be painted.
The shape is a simple rectangular house also a mark in efficiency- the two floors atop one another form one “shell” and the house has to work less to heat and cool; opposed to many modern homes that have many articulations and a number of roof patterns. The ground floor has two living spaces, the kitchen, dining room, as well as a powder room tucked under the stairs. We modified an old utility sink and mounted it in the downstairs bathroom. The kitchen has a striking Carrere marble countertop and a nicely equipped kitchen. With its position the front and back yard are both visible from the kitchen island.
Upstairs we vaulted the ceiling to maximize visual space and the potential for upper storage. The sleeping quarters are well sized and possess amble closet space. The 2 bedrooms and the master are separated by the stairs and hall way giving an acoustical separation from what would normally be child side and parent side. The master complex has a large vaulted complex and a 5 piece bathroom, set off by a new cast iron clawfoot bathtub, marble vanity and an arched shower enclosure.