Austin, Texas is a wild and wacky town full of great food and amazing music. It’s also a wonderful place to sightsee if you love neighborhoods with interesting architecture. Our friends at Hatch Works recently designed and built a new home in Austin and today we chat with owner Adam Talianchich on how he created a modern farmhouse complete with dark sky-friendly barn lighting for his client.
Q: Where is this home located?
A: The home is in Central East Austin and has a view of the Capitol from the master bedroom and the second story porch. Before we started design work, we set up scaffolding on the property and moved it around to find the best viewing corridor... Read More
If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you no doubt remember meeting John Colaneri, who, along with his cousin Anthony Carrino, star in several HGTV series including Cousins Undercover and Kitchen Cousins. John gave us a tour of his new home last August that he built from the ground up and outfitted with beautiful LED barn lights.
Hosting multiple TV shows and running the family business — Brunelleschi Construction — keeps John on his toes usually with a suitcase in hand, but a recent project gave John and Anthony the opportunity to focus their boundless energy and keen eye for renovations closer to home.
“We bought a building in... Read More
When Brian’s dad built a home back in the late 1970s, he incorporated many reclaimed materials such as stained glass windows from an English church, porcelain gas station lights for the garage, and a Texaco Sky chief gas pump from the 1920s.
“There was no manufacturer of reproduction lights in those days so he had to use original lighting and craft his own goosenecks using galvanized plumbing pipe,” Brian says. When Brian started building his own home in Wake Forest, North Carolina last year, he followed his father’s lead to include reclaimed materials to give the home the feel of an original farmhouse but with modern... Read More
In last Friday’s post, we introduced you to John Colaneri, who just wrapped up his second season of Cousins Undercover on HGTV along with his cousin Anthony Carrino. John and his wife recently purchased a piece of land in northern New Jersey where John has put his years of construction expertise to work on his first ground-up building project. The couple are putting down roots in their new home that mixes old elements with new to create a contemporary design with a sense of history and timeless style.
“The house is truly nestled into the woods but we’re only five minutes from downtown so it’s easy for us to go out to dinner or even catch the... Read More
If you’re addicted to HGTV like we are, you no doubt have seen the wildly popular Cousins Undercover show starring Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri. The show just wrapped up its second season which features surprise renovation makeovers for local heroes in neighborhoods across the country.
In addition to his television commitment, John has spent the last six years working in the family business — Brunelleschi Construction — and looking for a place to put down his own roots. While driving to work one day, John’s wife spotted a For Sale sign. She insisted that John come take a look at the property.
“It was very deceiving because the... Read More
When Hurricane Sandy roared ashore back in October 2012, it made the history books as the second costliest hurricane in US history. Heather, who lives in Suffolk County on Long Island, New York didn’t need a historian to tell her it was a record-breaking storm.
“We are located four houses from the Great South Bay and there was eight feet of water rolling down our street,” Heather relates. Her home suffered major structural damage along with interior and exterior damage and had to be totally demolished.
Unlike some residents who left the coast, Heather chose to stay and began designing her new home.
“We definitely wanted a coastal beach... Read More