The Piano Room, Marlands

Structural Stonework for a contemporary extension to a Victorian Rectory
Client: Private Client
Main Contractor: A F Jones Stonemasons
Architect: Porter Robson Architecture
Location: Hampshire
Summary: Structural stonemasonry with an engraved and etched frieze
Stone: Moleanos and Vratza

AF Jones responded to the architect’s brief for stonework on a new Piano Room for a client with an interest in classical architecture as well as music.  We designed the stone scheme to be slender and elegantly assembled, integrated with the supporting frame, and for the frieze panels on the entablature we developed a mixture of carved and engraved panelling to meet the artistic brief within a budget constraint.

Through careful design & detailing, the bracketry and interfaces were configured to meet both the aesthetic needs, practical arrangements and build sequencing too, taking into account membranes, DPC, thermal breaks, structural function and geometrically demanding scenarios.

Key to success for the stonemasonry was a detailed appraisal of requirements and consultation during the stone selection process. Highly frost resistant Vratza was used for the copings and stone in the ground, with Moleanos as the main body of the work, paired-up in part for their aesthetic blend and practical function by location.

The overall finish, characterised by the slender fins and decorated entablature, is well detailed, efficient, practical, beautiful and delivered to a budget. We are very proud of the result.

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