Wa Project

City: Half Moon Bay
Year: 2008-2009
Project Manager: Pablo Riesen

The Wa Project is a private residence perched on top of a ridge above Half Moon Bay.  The 20-acre property has views of chaparral vegetation overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  The main house, barn and walls reflect countryside English neo-classical influences.


We installed a natural quartzite-like stone of full-thickness that covers all of the facades of the main building, the tower of the silo, and the landscape walls.  Accents of architectural cast stone were installed around openings on other areas of the building in the form of trim, belly band, and wall caps.  The top of each chimney was veneered with full-size hand-mold (sand-mold) brick in a pattern designed by Walton & Sons Masonry, Inc and they are topped with terracotta chimney pots.


The scope of work included natural stone as well as cast stone that had to be mechanically attached to withstand seismic forces.  The natural stone is meta-sedimentary (metamorphic rock derived from sedimentary sandstone similar to quartzite) of full-thickness.  It was set in a random ashlar pattern.  Brick were laid with soldier, rowlock and running bonds.