Project Features

October 16, 2017

Vintage is vogue

The appeal for vintage and recovered materials is understandable: vintage materials give a new house instant character, an air of gravitas. It looks and feels more historically significant. But the focus isn’t just on provenance – the imperfections in reclaimed materials add depth and beauty not found in modern fabricated materials.

Unique historic features like exposed stone, custom pillars or timber floors evoke heritage in a home. The materials tell a story.

John Sebastian cites some recent trends. “Antique terracotta floors are very popular right now, along with antique wide plank floors. On slate roofs, the construction team is blending new slate with old slate to give it an aged patina.”

A recent Sebastian-built home reflects the desire for timeworn materials: Beverly residence, a home constructed with limestone recovered from a 2000-year-old aqueduct in Avignon, France.

Avignon meets Dallas

Building the Beverly residence, a classical beauty in the coveted Highland Park neighborhood of Dallas, was a labor of love for its owner, a design enthusiast. With a specific French limestone in mind, the owner worked with Dee Brown, Inc., a Texas-based stone and masonry contractor, to find it.

Rob Barnes, grandson of the founder and CEO of Dee Brown, Inc., (DBI) recognized the stone the owner described as emanating from southeastern France’s Provence region and tapped his European inspector to send samples. The sought-after stone was recovered from an aqueduct, a system built by Romans in the first century AD to carry water from a source to population centers.

DBI, which has a 7,700 square foot fabrication facility, trimmed some of the stones used in the Beverly residence’s two feet thick walls.

Want to know more about the rise of recovered materials in luxury construction? Be sure to head over to the Publications section of our website to see more beautiful homes, using recovered materials.