Windows to the Soul of Central Austin Addition

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Author Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey wrote: “May your walls know joy. May every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility.” This was definitely true at a central Austin home where a kitchen enlargement found its window to possibility. The clients envisioned a warm and inviting heart for their home (built in 1929), which we were increasing in size by approximately 180 square feet.  The new space featured custom oak cabinets throughout, a beautifully hand-crafted stone wall, Miele and Viking appliances, granite counters throughout, and oak floors that extended from the existing floors to ensure an un-noticeable transition.

But what made this kitchen truly special was a pair of windows—nearly 85 years old and original to the house. Although the windows showed their age and generations of use, we shared the belief of the homeowners that they were central to the history and essence of the project. Working closely with the client and our trusted craftsmen, we integrated them into a new window encasement—re-engineered with new stained glass inserts that were actually designed by the owners. The homeowners are art lovers and have collected art and furniture throughout their relationship. For them, everything in their home has purpose, meaning, and a story. Each furnishing and décor item not only recalls a moment in their life, but brings with it a narrative of its own. In this way, the salvaging and restoration of these windows were an example not only of historical value or aesthetics, but of remaining true to the client’s values and using our skills to uphold their vision above all else. We pride ourselves on collaborating with our clients to bring their vision to life!


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