We call this the Mermaid House in honor of Lori, who sculpts wonderful mermaids of clay, with beautiful iridescent glazes. After raising their family in older homes around Central Austin, our clients DJ and Lori decided to downsize and relocate near South Congress to be closer to the live music venues they so enjoy. They purchased a fairly beat up bungalow that had been clad with sheet metal window sills, vinyl siding, and wrought iron porch columns. True to form, they had a vision for this house like many of their others, to restore its original beauty and make it their own. Our work included the design of a new, spacious kitchen, master bathroom, and screened in porch across the back of the house. The front porch was restored in keeping with nearby homes, and later cladding was removed to restore the original wood siding and windows throughout.