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Precision Designers, Inc. is a corporation based in Austin, Texas, founded in 1999, and dedicated to the preservation, restoration or renovation of period structures, both residential and commercial.  I am both founder and president.

HISTORY:  Prior to forming Precision Designers, Inc., I directed my energy for more than a quarter-century toward the design and construction of new buildings, as well as the preservation of older ones here in Austin.

In the mid 1970s, with partners, I owned and restored commercial buildings in the historic 400 block of East Sixth Street, downtown Austin. The building at 412 East Sixth Street has been designated a City of Austin Historic Landmark since its renovation.  During that time I designed and built custom and speculative houses in Westlake Hills, and west of Austin.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s my focus shifted away from new construction and I was re-directed towards renovation.  I have worked on many fine homes in Austinís older residential neighborhoods-- Hyde Park, Old West Austin, Tarrytown and Travis Heights. 

Beginning in the mid 1990s, and continuing to the present, I have worked with the City of Austin Landmark Commission doing restorative work on various Austinís Historic Landmark Buildings including  Ballet Austin, Caswell House, German Texan Heritage Society and Texas Federation of Womanís Clubs. 

Working with the National Registry of Historic Places and the City of Austin, I was able to relocate and restore the Pearce-Anderson house, saving it from demolition.  The Pearce-Anderson house became a City of Austin Landmark Building in 1995.

DIRECTIVE:  Certain guidelines direct my approach to the design and execution of a project.  

1.  Maintain, as faithfully as possible, the significant architectural features and character 
     of a structure undergoing modification.

2.  Restore with care, using the same materials, processes and attention to detail 
     as in the original.

3. Design additional space, and re-design original space to preserve 
    the integrity of the original. 

4. Blend modern improvements and conveniences with original features 
    to improve the comfort and usefulness of a structure, within the spirit of the original.

These principles have guided me well throughout my career. Following them has resulted in projects of quality and integrity.

David Stark

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Last modified: Monday, July 28, 2003