Living Room, Chair, and Pendant Lighting Concerned about the chemicals involved in laminate flooring, the couple chose to leave the concrete slab, the foundation of the home, exposed, almost eliminating flooring expenses. A local craftsman made the windows, using Texas pine for framing. The floor-to-ceiling windows, Pavonetti says, reduces the couple's need for lights.  This Bright, Personality-Filled Home Was Built on a Budget in Austin by Esha Chhabra