recycling the past

When undertaking a huge renovation project, it’s easy to get carried away as the sledge hammers start flying and the dumpsters start to fill up.  We were lucky to work with some very thoughtful homeowners on a massive renovation we designed with Dungan Nequette Architects for a Tudor Revival style home located in Mountain Brook, Alabama.  The homeowners saved the original hardware from the home’s exterior doors and although we chose something new for the doors, we were able to reuse at least one original lockset elsewhere.

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We placed this handle with thumb latch and mortise lock, all vintage 1929, on the door leading to the home’s Wine Cellar.  The intricate acanthus detailing and hammered surface is wonderfully unique and an appropriate gesture towards a home which was lovingly renovated from top to bottom.


This same renovation saw the home’s original front porch, picture below, enclosed to create a new vestibule space.


[vintage lantern hanging on the front porch, pre-renovation]


Once the renovation was complete, we decided to place the same gothic style lantern which hung on the porch for 75 years prior to the home’s renovation, right back where it belonged.  It’s beautiful seeded yellow glass panels thankfully survived three years in storage!

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Our friend Jan Hale handpainted the ceiling of the renovated Vestibule with a medieval-inspired motif that pairs perfectly with the lantern.  The tiny glass circles you see on the beams are LED pin lights which create an absolutely magical twinkle in the space at night.

2 thoughts on “recycling the past

  1. NICE. LOVE the subtle pin lights recessed into the wood beams. Have been looking for a solution for a house also with wooden beams myself. While the kitchen in said home is somewhat dark, we have been wary of marring the aesthetic (or the integrity of the wood) with lights. Thanks for the the tip!


  2. That ceiling is beautiful and I would LOVE to see the lighting at night! Retaining some original elements during a remodel just seems “right” to me…like preserving the soul of the house. That’s assuming there are elements worth preserving! Neat post…


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