Excellence in Concrete Masonry

Alexander Court Residence (Waukesha, WI)

The goal for this 5,000 sq ft spec home was to attract upscale buyers with a million dollar look. To do so, the builder knew that he would have to create an extraordinary home with many unique features. The masonry used in the home played a significant role in meeting this goal.

The builder chose a tumbled concrete masonry veneer with the look of hand cut natural stone, in contrasting shades of dark taupe and creamy white. This material offered natural-looking beauty and durability without the expense of traditional materials such as natural stone or brick.

Multiple techniques were used to give the building a unique, highly dimensional appearance. The exterior masonry blocks were staggered for a striking, highly textured look. Each window is accented with a soldier course of brick veneer and a panel of differently laid stone underneath. The use of arched and oval windows lends a circular motion to the front of the home. This rounded look is repeated in the arches above the garage doors and again in the unusual circular flow of contrasting stone around the keystones and corners of the home.

The striking exterior sets a theme that is carried into the interior of the home, as well. The same concrete stone veneer was used to create the focal point of the living area: a ten foot wide fireplace visible from the dining room, kitchen, office and foyer.

The overall effect is sumptuous and very unique. The house was completed in 2008 and sold for seven figures. The owners report that they have already received many compliments on the beauty and uniqueness of their home.

Judges' Comments

  • Interesting approach to maximizing the effect of concrete
  • masonry units.
  • Very clean, lots of detail, very good workmanship.
  • A design which has a lot of interesting patterns and the use of light and dark materials.
  • Nice, complete masonry project to tie it all together.
  • Two-toned corner detail is impressive and provides great definition with a feeling of strength/permanence.

 Architect:Weber Homes 

 General & Mason Contractor:Weber Homes

 Brick Manufacturer & WMA Producer/Supplier:County Materials Corporation