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Case Study: Weidner

Situation: Previously, the house had no consistent style of architecture, with different elements from different periods.

Challenge: The challenge was to convert a hodge-podge design into a consistent French Provincial style while meeting the needs of the owners for practical living space and easy entertaining.


  • Transformation of the courtyard became the first focus, since the owners enjoy spending time there.  Rustic beams imported from France were re-milled and fitted to the ceiling of the gallery.  The driveway needed separation from the courtyard.  Renaissance Renovations designed and built a masonry wall with columns and installed an antique European iron gate.  A similar gate added definition to the path between the courtyard and the outdoor hot tub.  Once the courtyard had the “feel” that the owners wanted, we progressed to the interior.
  • Conversion of a home office to a wine cellar became the next project, to accommodate the owners’ passion for collection of fine wines.  Working with noted architect George Hopkins, The Hopkins Company, we collaborated to create a unique groin-vaulted plaster space to simulate walking into a cellar.
  • Finishing touches included hand-rubbed, natural plaster walls and ceiling, hand-made European floor covering, and custom redwood wine racks.  The door to the wine room was also custom-built and finished with wrought iron hardware.
  • Other interior doors and entrances were cased with rustic beams to complement the “Old World” feel.
  • The main entrance to the home was transformed from a door with an English style pediment into an entrance consistent with the French Villa theme.

Renaissance Renovations
6118 Louisville St.
New Orleans, LA  70124

Phone: 504-304-9908
Fax: 504-304-9909