Once all the windows were in place Mark added decorative details. This view focuses on the wrap-around corner window.
It now has bamboo accents on the outside of the window.
He used pieces cut from worn bamboo swords previously used in Kendo.
All the windows are retangular and filled with clear glass except for one round one. Windows in a tea house are typically covered with rice paper to allow light to enter but to focus your attention on the ceremenony taking place inside the space. This structure, however, is our personal interpretation of a Japanese tea house. We decided we wanted to enjoy the framed views into the garden and thus used mostly clear glass in the windows.
The round window — the exception to glass — is made of plexiglass purchased from Routed-4-U in Sun Prairie which was able to quickly and cheaply cut one unique size for Mark. He then covered the plexiglass with two overlapping sheets of Japanese rice paper. The paper is glued down using matte medium.
He overlapped two piece to make them less translucent since we had plenty of light coming into the space, and to minimize the flowery design of the paper. Lastly he added traditional bamboo detailing.
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