Home of the Week: Maenius-Weinheimer

Home Design

This 1882 Albert, Texas stone house was the 2017 BALA Platinum winner for Historic Preservation/Restoration. (Still haven’t entered the 2018 Best in American Living™ Awards? The deadline is Aug. 24!)

Maenius-Weinheimer represents a classic example of pioneer architecture.

A new staircase was relocated and constructed to access the open second floor, which had once slept the family’s 11 children.

Care was taken in adding conditioned air and plumbing to the 125-year old home by concealing duct work and plumbing.

Arched openings were introduced into the original 18-inch-thick, solid stone walls, opening up the renovated kitchen to the adjacent dining and family rooms.

A new wood-burning fireplace was constructed in the family room and faced with stone.

Timber and stone salvaged from a dilapidated barn were used to construct the new L-shaped porch that expands the family’s living space into the outdoors.

Antique pine flooring from an abandoned church, was recycled and used to replace the original floors, which were beyond restoration.

Pressed tin from the home’s Victorian era was removed, cleaned, and incorporated as risers in the staircase and in the kitchen backsplash.

Judges’ Comments | Judges praised the restoration team as they “took it and improved on it while also keeping the historic character.”

Read more and visit the photo gallery.

Architect/Designer and Builder Laughlin Homes & Restoration, Inc.
Photography | Sarah Natsumi Moore

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