Spicewood Texas Renovation: Update

Last week while I was working on some final touches to the Durango Mountain House the painters conned here at Spicewood and the results are pretty spectacular.

As I mentioned before, the photos are a bit darker than real life.  You may click on the image to view it larger.

The Powder Room looks very different than before even though all that we have done is paint.  There is a handsome stone top and mirror surround that was installed when the house was built.  But the stucco walls had a color and glaze applied that made the stone just blend with the walls and removed anything that was special about it.  The new walls create a beautiful contrast.

The paper has been removed so I wanted to post fresh photos of the Gallery from the Library to the Garage.  In the second photo the wall looks to be blue behind the credenza but that is just the trick of daylight in the camera.

The Library Fireplace is also complete.  We are working on plans for a custom fire screen which will include the Mexican Persimmon Tree leaves and fruit, a tree that is native to the Hill Country.

While we are talking about fireplaces, here is a view of the large fireplace in the Living Room.  We are also doing custom metal work to insert in the two niches above the mantel.

Last week Omar (the lead painter) has sent along some photos of the refinished wood ceiling.  I took some additional shots today that show even better what a great change this has made.  You will wonder why I included the really dark photo at the end.  If you click on this image you can see how beautifully smooth the finish coat is.  Really handsome work.

The glass installers where here today to install the frosted satin glass inserts in a couple of the interior doors which will introduce sunlight to some dark areas.  They also installed the glass in the Master Dressing room doors and in the Pantry.  The Mirror in the Dressing Room was also installed.

The custom windows for the Meditation Room have been installed along with the sub-flooring.  We now need to determine exactly how we want to treat the color scheme in the space.  The new door should arrive this week.

I had mentioned that we are refinishing the wood and stone floors.  The wood floor color is great currently and we will return to that.  However, the stone floors have darkened considerably.  Here is a before / after comparison.  It is going to make a huge difference. 

The cleaned area is to the lower right.

Headed to Houston in the morning to meet with my existing Houston client, a new consulting client and then my Spicewood client.  Then off to LA for a few days with the Spicewood client for accessory and lamp shopping.  More soon!

All the best,