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Milarepa Center Project Journal

Stonemark Construction Management is the Owner’s Representative for a new Buddhist Meditation Center in upstate New York. The Milarepa Center project is unique, ambitious, and inspiring in so many ways that we decided to share it with you through this new Project Journal. Located on a wooded, 90-acre rural property near the site of the famous Woodstock music festival, the complex will comprise 68,000 square feet in 15 buildings, all dedicated to the study and pursuit of meditation practices and Buddhist studies. Join us in this ongoing blog as we share not only the project journey, but the spiritual dimensions of building a Buddhist Meditation Center: where seeking harmony is as much a part of the process as engineering and bulldozers. You will never look at building the same way again!

Montecito Estate Project Journal

Nothing replaces the objectivity that comes from an independent construction manager who views the entire project from a clear, unbiased perspective. We have never seen a project where the costs and quality of materials could not be better controlled—and doing so without sacrifice to the original vision and functionality of the project. When Stonemark manages a project, construction time is generally reduced and costs of the total project, including our management fees are usually less than if we had never been on board. As the Owner’s Rep, we safeguard the entire construction process and the Client’s peace of mind.

Stonemark is the Project Manager for the large team of professionals dedicated to this one-of-a-kind custom estate project in the foothills of Montecito, California. The estate was master planned and designed by Appleton Architects and features a 9,000 square foot main house with commanding ocean and mountain views, a guest house, pool house and landscaped grounds. The home is designed in a contemporary-classical architectural style to highlight the Owner’s extensive photographic art collection. Nestled among numerous existing oak trees are separate buildings for an office, pool house and guest house. The general contractor is Leonard Unander Associates and interior design is performed by Patti Skouras.

We find construction to be a fascinating process and want to share our passion with you. We offer this blog as a unique opportunity for you to follow along as we build this multi-million dollar custom estate. See for yourself what is involved, how the process works, why tasks are performed in a certain order, how building components work, why it takes the length of time it does, what is within those walls. Consider this a tutorial for your next building project, or just satisfy your curiosity. Feel free to ask us questions and we’ll be happy to explain any of the processes. Enjoy!

Pacific Palisades Contemporary Estate

We are delighted to offer another Project Journal for our readers to follow! So many of you expressed how valuable it was to have a birds-eye view of the process of building our most recent ground-up, custom estate (see Montecito Custom Home Project Journal), that we decided to blog about this exciting project as well. Don’t miss a post as we share the experience of building a 20,000 square foot home on steeply sloped coastal bluffs overlooking the ocean in the Pacific Palisades.