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ne family visiting the Iraklion Archeological Museum on the
island of Crete took home with them more than photos and
memories; they also left with a binding, lifelong passion for
stone. The museum’s marble flooring – a rich reddish-brown stone laced
with chocolate veins, known as Red of Epidayros – would come to play an
important role in the design of their future home in Newport Coast, Califor-
nia, for which they hired
Jack Warner
Thiep Cung
CEO and lead architect of The Warner
Group Architects in Montecito.
For The Love Of Stone
The process took six years from design through construction, culminat-
ing in a provincial 22,000-square-foot country French home on an acre
and a half overlooking Newport Beach and the ocean. The main house
features five bedrooms plus servants’ quarters, with an additional two-
bedroom guesthouse on site. From interior to exterior, the resi-
dence showcases 30 different kinds of stone, including
slab marble, limestone, and travertine.
Simply choosing the right
stones took a year,
s t ructures
Rough rubble stone walls reminiscent of old
French and Italian farmhouses, combined with
smooth French Limestone and a variable thickness
Vermont slate roof help to set this residence apart,
and is what the client had in mind when he hired
Warner Group Architects in Montecito
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