Getting Personal: Ways to Add Personal Touches to a Project

Incorporating individualized design details tailored for the homeowner into the project without compromising the home's resale value.

Faithful Display The owners of this new home, built by The Wills Co., in Nashville, Tenn., wanted an artist to create a backsplash with Christian symbols to refl ect the family’s faith. Instead, architect Ridley Wills steered the family toward creating a panel above the rangehood that could be removed by future owners. The cross, made from seeds and beads on plywood, is surrounded by backsplash tile. Playing Up The homeowners wanted a fun space in the kitchen where their three young children could play and described a “tree house” they’d seen in another home. Wills designed a loft space over a desk nook in the kitchen that has the potential to be converted into storage space by future owners.

A close-up of the cross made by an artist to reflect the homeowners' Christian faith. The cross, made from seeds and beads on plywood, was installed by The Wills Co. in Nashville. It could be removed by future owners.

Family Glass When his client expressed her wish to include two stained-glass windows from her grandmother’s house in the remodel, Wills had to fi nd a way to integrate the panels into the contemporary home. He installed them as upper-cabinet doors in a built-in bar. The bar’s warm wood tones and glass-tile backsplash help to integrate the panels into the space. And someday when the house is sold, the panels can be replaced with something else by the new owners.

Personal Panels When architect Chuck Swartz transformed a “blue vinyl-sided fake farmhouse” into a cedarsided green home, he and the homeowners added exterior panels painted by friends and family. A fi nal sealer coat was added to the panels on site before they were installed during a ceremony organized by the owners.

One of the many exterior panels painted by friends and family for the cedar green home.

One of the many exterior panels painted by friends and family for the cedar green home.

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