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Wed, Oct. 16

At home with the Joneses<BR>Masonry Guild honors house built in Prescott

PRESCOTT – Contractor Bud Jones, owner of Kalista Mansion Homes here, specializes in building large homes.

However, the homes that he builds are generally smaller than the one that he built for himself, his wife, Robin, and son, Ryan. The Joneses have lived in the Hassayampa Golf Club housing development since May 2003.

The Joneses, who moved to Prescott from Fullerton, Calif., planned to build a house of 4,500 to 5,000 square feet, but Bud acknowledged that he got "carried away."

Jones, who initially rented a 1,300-square-foot house and bought a 2,100-square-foot house in the Timber Ridge subdivision, said he spent nine months to a year doing the design work and going through the permit process. Building the house took another 20 months.

The result is a three-story house containing about 7,000 square feet and an additional 1,000 square feet for a guesthouse on their half-acre property. The main house contains four bedrooms and four bathrooms, two powder rooms, an elevator and other features.

"We used natural building materials to try to make these homes blend into the surroundings," Jones said. "We try to bring the outside in with all windows and the natural building materials."

Jones was the structural engineer and also the general and masonry contractor on the house. He used rocks supplied by Dunbar Stone Co. Inc., from Ash Fork.

Dunbar nominated the house for a Stone Honor Award from the Arizona Masonry Guild, which honored the house during its awards banquet Oct. 22 in Phoenix. A panel from Utah headed by Brent Tippets, AIA and principal of VCBO Architects, judged the entries.

The association presented awards to the architectural and structural engineering firms, general and masonry contractors, and masonry suppliers for each winning entry. The association, founded in 1958, has about 95 company members.

The jury determined that the Jones home is a "very beautiful project," said Joan Borter, executive director for the association. "It is judged on creativity and workmanship and so on, and this home incorporated all of these masonry areas."

Jones said he likes the awards, but added that he is more honored when he sees the look on the face of a pleased client. He builds five to eight homes a year.

"We like the way the main area lives: the kitchen, the family room, the formal dining room," Jones said. "It's open. When we entertain, people always like to gather in the kitchen."

Jones' wife, Robin, said the family moved to Prescott because her grandmother, Vida Jackson, has lived here since the 1970s.

And while the couple takes a lot of pride in their new home, Bud said, "We'll probably sell the home in the next year or so. It's just my nature. Throughout our (24 years of) married life we have averaged two-and-a-half years to a home."

He said he and his wife are planning to move into a smaller house because their son will be going to college.

"It will be a woodsy house, more of a Prescott house," he said.

Jones, who became a building contractor in 1982 in California and obtained his license here in 1999, doubts that he will have trouble finding a buyer for his large house.

"The person that is going to buy this house is going to have two or three other houses like this, and they will write a check," he said. "It is a very comfortable, living house."

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