2014 Golden Trowel Awards – Honor

Houston, TX (May, 2014) – The Associated Masonry Contractors of Houston presented Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd. with the Golden Trowel Honor Award in Residential Single Family category for Clark Residence.

The Clark Residence is a single-family residence nestled in the rolling hills of Welcome, Texas. The distinctive layout created by Robertson Design consists of four individual cabins, connected by an outdoor walking path that perfectly frames the scenic views while moving from space to space. The exterior of the cabins is covered by a combination of modular brick, reinforced concrete masonry units and the earth the cabins were built on. The semi-underground structures are able to maintain the beauty of the landscape while also providing an energy-efficient space.

Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd. installed over 65,000 Reynoso, Louisiana Light, modular bricks on the inside and outside of the four serpentine-shaped cabins. The main cabin was designed to resemble two separate structures connected by a large living room with curtain walls on the front and the rear. To maintain this appearance, the brick continues on the interior of the cabin and separates two different living spaces. The project was unusually difficult since all of the brick were installed on a radius with some curves being extremely tight. In addition, the typical methods of mortar joint tooling for a rustic brick are “heeled” (a technique that mimics using the heel of a shoe to impart a very slight concave appearance) or “flushed”. However, the owner and architect wished to use a deeper concave struck joint. This made the brick stand out and increased the level of installation craftsmanship necessary to create smooth curves. The interior brick was required to follow prefabricated steel elements which were not bent to constant arcs and all brick had to intersect with and accommodate other square/linear building elements.

Architect: Robertson Design
General Contractor: Mike Clark

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