2007 Project of the Year: Residential Project

Project: Compass Pointe
Owner: Undisclosed
Architect: Folck West Architects
General Contractor: J.M. Sykes
Masonry Contractor: Snow Jr. & King, Inc.
Masonry Suppliers: Riverside Brick & Supply Co.; Superior Marble; Riverside Architectural Stone.

The owners of this home wanted to incorporate ideas they had gathered while traveling the world into the design of their waterfront home, located on the prestigious Linkhorn Bay of Virginia Beach.

While in Europe, they gravitated towards the parged-on look of mortar on the brick face of decade-old villas. Several brick sample panels were constructed to recreate the exact look the owners wanted. Masons perfected the look by applying a thin layer of mortar with a burlap sack, leaving just the right number of exposed patches of brick.

On the front and side elevations of the house, a wainscot of chocolate dove grey thin stone was chosen. A significant tonnage of stone was required because the owners wanted to use the same stone in a flat condition, as well as on its side, to create a pattern. This required masons to split the stone laid flat to a 2-3" veneer thickness. Large architectural precast features accentuate the main entrance, the openings, and features around the perimeter of the house.

While in St. Thomas, the owners came upon a home that incorporated broken pieces of brick and stone in its veneer. They learned that a century ago, cargo ships would come to the island to offload masonry that had been used as ballast on their trip. Local residents would use this material to build their homes. The owners of Compass Pointe chose to recreate this look in their breezeway.

The house also features an outdoor pizza oven and fireplace along with breathtaking views of Linkhorn Bay, a tributary minutes from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay as it drains into the Atlantic Ocean.

Photos: Dave Chance Photography.