Turn Style: Jones has several sources for period hardware, but one piece he specs on a regular basis is Rejuvenation’s Randall Interior Door Set. “It has a small knob,” he says. “It looks like a knob that you might find in an 18th-century house.” Available in seven finishes, the set is reasonably priced, Jones says, “but we also use it on expensive houses, because we like it so much.” Rejuvenation, rejuvenation.com


Around the Fire: Chesney’s, which has showrooms in London and New York, manufactures stone fireplace mantels in a wide range of contemporary and period-correct styles. The company will also custom fabricate an architect’s design. “They do very high quality marble—and other stone—fireplaces,” says Jones, who has specified a number of Chesney’s historical designs. His most recent: The Leverton, from the Georgian Collection. “Very English,” he says. Chesney’s, chesneys.com


Formal Reception: “Limestone lasts forever,” Jones says, and Indiana Limestone Co. has made this timeless material a viable option for many of his residential projects, including the one shown. “It’s what we use on our more formal entries,” he adds. “Indiana Limestone has found a way to carve limestone using computers, so it’s become much more practical. It’s nearly as cost-efficient as precast concrete.” Indiana Limestone Co., indianalimestonecompany.com

Hot Dip: The Waterworks catalog lists some two dozen bathtubs, in both traditional and contemporary designs. Jones finds himself opting again and again for one of the most basic and versatile: a simple oval tub from the Classic collection. Suitable for both surface- and undermount installations, “it’s simple and symmetrical,” he says. “Perfect for architects.” Waterworks Operating Co., waterworks.comweaetxdyvaydzcwq

Made to Order: “We had a tough time finding custom windows that could be tested for energy code [compliance],” Jones says, “particularly if we were doing a LEED project.” Reilly Windows & Doors filled the gap with wood, bronze, and steel windows and doors in a broad array of configurations, sizes, and finishes. “They do a product that looks very traditional but meets the energy codes,” Jones says. Reilly Windows & Doors, reillywd.com

  True to Light: McLean Lighting Works produces handmade reproduction fixtures based on its own collection of 18th-century originals. Jones finds the English Street model especially appropriate for traditional houses. “It’s well proportioned,” he says, “and it has enough metal so it looks classic.” And when he needs something he can’t find in the catalog, he says, “they do custom for not much upcharge.” McLean Lighting Works, mcleanlighting.com Victory Lap: Jones puts western red cedar shingles at the top of his list. “They’re a beautiful, natural product that stands up well in severe weather,” he says. Used as roofing or siding—or both, as shown in a house designed by the firm—“they weather and blend with nature so nicely.” Their modular nature makes a shingled surface easy to repair, he adds, “and they have a scale that everyone can identify with.” Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau, cedarbureau.org

  Wish List

New Leaf: An upcoming project on Maryland’s Eastern Shore will afford Jones his first opportunity to specify a folding glass wall by Nanawall. The company’s SL73 model can span floor-to-ceiling openings up to 38 feet wide, is Energy Star rated, and meets the Miami-Dade County, Fla., hurricane-impact standard. “The potential is wonderful,” says Jones, who knows just the feeling he hopes to achieve: “Open, relaxed, dramatic.” NanaWall Systems, nanawall.com

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