Natural Stone Awards 2014 - La Maison de la Valette - Jersey - The Award Winner - Craftsmanship

Central to this large house is a principal stair which runs from the basement entertainment suite to the top bedroom floors of this substantial house.  This stair flows in soft curves and as it passes each floor, the curves have been cut not just with the curve in mind but to ensure they integrate in a logical manner with the stone pavers of each floor.  The solutions look simple as does most work of high quality.

There are no makeup pieces, no unresolved junctions.  Masons are often depicted in heraldry with a compass and a set square.  This house demonstrates why.  The craftsmanship starts with the setting out, follows through with the precise cutting, the careful protection against damage in transport and finally, with precise laying of the treads.  Many of the treads of the stair are curved.  When inspecting this for the Awards one could not help but try and find a tread where the curve had a slight bump on it.  None were found.  From stair to flooring, the mason has shown his craft in this house.

Judges comments "The end result is stunning and the judges commented that the staircase was one of the best they had ever seen".

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