Sticker shock for Lakewood residents with hail damage




Posted on June 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 20 at 10:59 AM

DALLAS — Michelle Harrell and her family knew they found a treasure when they bought their home in the Lakewood neighborhood in Dallas.

"It was a great little house," Harrell said.

The house was built in 1904, and it came with a unique and original piece of art — a stained glass window that was damaged in last week's hail storm.

"There's something about drinking coffee in the morning, sitting by the window when the light is just coming in," Harrell said.

The family plans to restore the window, but they didn't plan on the price of the job.

"We've been told by at least one company so far that it is antique glass valued $10-$12,000 for this piece," Harrell said.

John Hofker from Lakewood Home Repair told News 8 that restoring the window might cost even more — possibly $50,000. He's looking at companies in Europe hoping to find some of the rare glass.

"It's not just the beauty of the piece," Hofker explained. "It's the architecture, but also the artisan. You can't find that craftsmanship any more."

Hofker is also working on another home in the area where 37 window panes were destroyed. The glass at that home is also very special and nearly 100 years old.

Repairs could total tens of thousands of dollars.

"There's only three to four stocks of this stuff left that I know of," Hofker said. "One of them is Germany."

The work proves to be a challenge, but these homeowners are determined to find the best way they can salvage the history behind their homes.