US Home and Architectural Trends US Home & Architectural Vol. 30/8 - Page 66

Preceding pages: Solid stone walls, a slate roof and multi-gabled roofline define this new house, which reflects a strong European influence. This is echoed by the formal landscaping. Above: A large portico creates a sense of arrival at the front of the house. The entry has a highly symmetrical design that reinforces the traditional formality. 64 The true character of a traditional home is best revealed in the materials, and whether or not they will they stand the test of time. There can be no doubt this house was built to endure for generations – the walls are made from solid stone and the roof is slate and copper. But it’s also the architecture that sets this house apart from other new builds. The house, which was designed by architect Mike Sharratt of Sharratt Design & Company, references traditional European architecture – there are English and Italian influences that can be seen in the roofline, windows and soffits. search | save | share at Builder David Erotas of Erotas Building Corporation says the exterior features a Chilton blend of stone from Wisconsin. “This is a heavily textured stone that conveys substance and permanence – you can see at a glance how solid this house is. And like traditional homes from centuries past, it was built with the patience and care required to achieve this level of craftsmanship and longevity.” The park-like setting also enhances the character. The house is set on several acres, with formal landscaping leading the eye to the main entry. This features a symmetrical arched