For this residence, the stone came from excavating for the foundation and septic system and clearly reads as structural, not as a veneer. Attention to southern and northern exposures and resulting site preservation and energy requirements determined design choices. On southern exposures, heavily insulated wooden walls mitigate summer heat gain; the stone wall mass on the northern exposure slowly releases cooling during daytime hours. All exposed posts and beams are structural; exposed joist tails reveal the simple stick-framing and durability.
Ultimately, the symbiosis of stone, wood, and steel reflects a structure rooted to its site.