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To arrive in Venice for the first time is to be transported into a completely unique worldâa city of gothic buildings floating on water, where grand palaces and churches stand above the ubiquitous canals, and an array of building materials is on permanent display. From the dusty-rose clay bricks that can be found on the exteriors of houses, palaces and churches, to the dazzling white Istrian stone that typifies many of the grander Venetian establishments, and the marble mosaics that adorn surfaces throughout the city, Venice is a city of contrasting textures and stylesâand this is something that is reflected in one of its most famous exports: terrazzo flooring.
You might know it as that speckly concrete from government buildings of the 1970s and â80s, but this hybrid flooring material was actually created in the 15th century. Venetian mosaic workers would gather up offcuts of marble and repurpose them, combining them with clay and other materials to use for flooring in their own residences. The workers would grind the stone down for an even walking surface, but without being coated, the color of the aggregate flecks would not emerge; terrazzo was merely a convenient and utilitarian choice for flooring.
The flooring style gained popularity when workers refined the process of installation by creating a grinding stone called a galeto to even out the surface, and discovering that a coating of goat milk would bring out the color and sheen of the stone. Since then, technology has advanced (and coatings other than goat milk have been developed), and terrazzo has established itself as a durable and attractive flooring material, first in Italy, and then across the globe.
In palaces and buildings throughout Venice, terrazzo is omnipresent, having been chosen for its aesthetic appeal and durability. In the centuries since its invention, the surface has made its way around the world, and recently, it has enjoyed a resurgence as a style statement in modern architecture and design.
David Filippi, Vice President of American Terrazzo Co., has a long family history with terrazzo, beginning with his great-grandfather Antonioâs emigration from Italy to the United States. Antonio Filippi set out for the United States from a small town called Casasola, not far from Venice, in the early 1900s. After an arduous journey and years of hardship as a foreigner in a strange land, Antonio established what is now American Terrazzo Co.
âLike so many Italian immigrants, my great grandfather left behind a wife and young child to board a ship and set sail for the country of his dreams,â Filippi says. âSome seven years after arriving in America, he called for his young family to join him and eventually secured a piece of property where he built his shop and home next door. Relatives and friends from the âold countryâ joined my great-grandfather, and together they earned a reputation for performing the finest in terrazzo and masonry work.â
Filippiâs family is dedicated to the continuation of the business, which is a testament to Italian ingenuity and Filippiâs great-grandfatherâs hard work. âOver the years, terrazzo has had its ups and downs,â Filippi says. âToday, it is very popular.
Historically, you would have seen terrazzo mostly in airports and hospitals, and in the lobbies of large commercial buildings. Now, it has expanded to retail stores, universities and high-end homes.â As with many design and architectural trends, terrazzo has come in and out of style, but one of the enduring benefits of the materialâand what makes architects and designers come back to it again and againâis that it is durable and versatile.
âGenerally, of all building types, airports have the most foot traffic,â Filippi says. âOne of the main reasons that terrazzo is so widely used in airports is that it is extremely durable.â Itâs because of this that, even though the initial financial outlay for terrazzo might be greater than a simpler form of flooring, terrazzo is considered to be the most cost-effective flooring that there isâbecause it will never wear out. Fifty years from installation, a terrazzo floor will look as fresh as if it were installed yesterday.
Another major benefit of terrazzo flooring is its uniqueness, and the ability to customize its look to suit any setting. âIt has many options,â Filippi says. âThere is a wide spectrum of available colors, as well as many aggregate sizes and colors.â In recent years, terrazzo has been embraced as a wildly versatile material that can be used as a refined surface in professional buildings; for a fun and colorful addition to a retail space; and as a personality-laden feature in a beautiful home.
Because terrazzo is poured during installation, a fluid, unbroken surface can be achieved, providing continuity and connection between spaces in your home, which most other flooring and wall surfaces are unable to achieve. And designers are now experimenting with precast terrazzo, opening up a whole new channel for design experimentationâitâs no longer limited to just flooring and walls.
âOver the years, we have fabricated terrazzo sinks, bathtubs, tables, chairs and even sculptures,â Filippi says. âTerrazzo can be placed anywhere and everywhere. It has no limitations.â This expansion from building surfaces to accessories and decor is indicative of the strength of terrazzo in todayâs design palette. Modern design outlets jumped on board, with Anthropologie selling a range of terrazzo-inspired bath accessories, West Elm doing a collection of melamine terrazzo-style dishes, and multitudes of furniture and fabric designers incorporating the materialâs aesthetic into their products.
If youâre considering terrazzo for your home, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Consider your time line, because terrazzo is still laid by hand, and is considered artistic and artisanal work. If youâre going with traditional cementitious terrazzo, be prepared for it to take more than a month to install. Epoxy, on the other hand, can usually be completed within one to two weeks.
Cost varies, starting from $30 per square foot for installation. If youâre looking for intricate designs or installations in challenging areas, the cost will increase. But remember, the long-term maintenance costs of terrazzo are virtually nonexistent compared with other types of flooring.
Lastly, when youâre choosing the color and aggregates for your terrazzo features, make sure that youâre making a choice based on personal preference rather than trend, because this surface, with its virtual indestructibility, will be with you permanently.
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If you’re a fan of the mountain farmhouse aesthetic, you’re in for a treat. Nestled into a hillside just minutes away from Aspen core sits the Mount Daly House, one of the eight modern ranch retreats at the 800-acre Aspen Valley Ranch.
The massive Colorado ranch — owned by oil and gas executive Charif Souki — was initially listed back in May 2020 for $220 million, which propelled it to the top of the list of most expensive residential properties for sale in the U.S.
Since then, marketing efforts for the property, led by Souki’s son, Chris Souki, along with Carrie Wells (both with Coldwell Banker) have shifted, with the massive ranch being divided into more manageable assets. One of which is the biggest home on the ranch, Mount Daly, which has been listed alongside a future homesite (so far simply titled Lot 9), which has a 13,000-square-foot proposed floorplan that would outshine all the other existing homesteads on the property.
The asking price for the two properties — Mount Daly and Lot 9, the future homesite of a 6-bed, 9-bath dream ranch home with a generous 13,000-square-foot floorplan — is a whopping $30 million, but that’s not above the mark for properties in the area, especially considering that the lots total 82 acres (in what’s undoubtedly a phenomenal location).
Mount Daly house has 5,373 square feet and comes with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and a barn. Designed by Michael Fuller, the residenceÂ beams with mountain farmhouse aesthetic, with its interiors paying homage to western culture and history, boasting reclaimed beams, barn wood, stone features, and other traditional ranch-style elements.
Best of all, the home rests on the valley floor at the confluence of two mountains, offering some of the best Elk Mountain range views. The massive windows carefully placed throughout the home make the most of these views, and invite calm and relaxation.
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