15 May Oyster Pearl masterpiece offers beauty, space and energy efficiency
[Photo above: Chris Clement Home Builders' latest Oyster Pearl project in The Farm at Summerfield is a bespoke beauty that's actually a variation on an earlier Clement home just across the street.]
Chris Clement Home Builder's most recently completed project in The Farm at Summerfield looks like a million bucks.
And it is. The home was featured in the spring Parade of Homes, listed at just over $1 million, even though it was built specifically for its new owner who had admired a Clement-built home across the street.
Chris Clement focuses on upscale, spacious homes. The Farm at Summerfield is an ideal location because it offers expansive lots with a sprinkling of mature hardwoods. This home, on 1.6 acres, is already a classic. With it's ornate brick treatment by Fred's Masonry and prominent timber posts, the home has the appeal of a mountain lodge. Clement achieved a unique look that stands out in the growing neighborhood.
"Most of the homes in The Farm use brick and stone, but I wanted to try something different," says Clement. "By flipping the brick in key places and using a running bond (one brick protrudes from the wall in specific intervals) we got the feel of stone with Oyster Pearl brick."
"My client had visited our home across the street and liked it so much he asked me to build one for him that was similar," says Clement. "We made some design changes to give its own unique look and the client loved it!"
The Oyster Pearl body really stands out with the use of white mortar made with pre-washed white sand. Mortar color is an important decision when designing your home.
Small wonder. The new owner, a medical professional, is also a woodworker. So the style appeals to his sensibilities, but also there's a spacious two-story Oyster Pearl outbuilding that will soon house a woodshop, about 100 yards behind the home.
Make no mistake. It's a grand home, but it's also energy efficient. Brick plays a big role in insulating spacious homes.
The Brick Industry of America says:
Brick is a natural insulator. It’s slow to lose or absorb heat — which means your heater and air conditioner don’t have to work as hard to keep the inside of your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. In fact, according to the National Home Energy Rating System (HERS) — an industry measure used to qualify homes for ENERGY STAR® ratings — brick homes are among the most energy efficient. Typical savings on your energy bill with brick are 2 to 8%. And you can take that to the bank.
With larger floor plans like this, energy efficiency really pays off. Clement uses Energy Star practices in all of his homes.
This majestic lodge will be a landmark in the new Summerfield community for generations, thanks to quality construction and durable materials. For more information on Clement Home Builders, visit their website or give him a call at 336-558-3515.