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My daughter, Kathleen, and her husband, Patrick, have been working on a huge project for the past few months.  Along with their busy jobs, they are remodeling a house and plan to make it their permanent home.  I don’t know how they find the time to juggle work and a major building project along with an active social life and Kathleen’s second career which is a jewelry design business.  I guess the saying, “If you want something done, ask a busy person,” applies to them.  Here is a photo of the 1950’s ranch style home that they bought last summer.

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It sits on a beautiful lot with mature oak trees and a large grassy lawn.  The home is well back from the quiet street.  Several homes on the street have been expanded and remodeled just like this home.

Here is what the house looked like today.

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They added a second story, and expanded the back of the house.  Down stairs there is now a great room, kitchen, dining room, sun porch, office, jewelry studio for Katie, guest bath, and guest bedroom.  Upstairs there is a master bed room, and two more bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bath between them.  They also had the great forsight to floor two attic areas for permanent storage.  A spacious porch was added to the front and to the back of the house.  These photos are construciton photos, but I thought that you might like to see what is happening.  When the home is finished, I will show you the beautiful result.

This is a picture of the original kitchen.

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Where the kitchen once was is now a spacious dining area, just off of the kitchen.  Hardwood floors are being laid all over the house.  They kept as much of the original hardwood as possible and will have everything refinished the same.

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The arched window below will go over the kitchen sink.  A generous island will be in front of the sink.  Off to your left you will see the sunroom which I know will be one of my favorite rooms in the home.

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The wall where this fireplace existed was taken down.  Now that it is gone, you see through to the kitchen window.

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To the left of the old living room was this dining room.

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The old dining room is now the foyer.  To your left is the front door and to the right are the stairs and a coat closet.  Straight ahead is Patrick’s office, complete with a great oval window.  In the morning, this room is filled with sunlight.  The arched front doors are not yet installed, but when they are, they will be stunning.

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One day Mike and I were at the Black Lion and we found a charming pine mantel from around the 1880’s.  I called Katie and she came over to look at it and then buy it!  We are planning the paint treatment that we will give it as soon as possible.  You might remember a few months ago, we painted and distressed a table that will go in the same room as the fireplace.  Here is the fireplace, followed by a photo of the table that we did.  The mantel is wrapped in plastic, but if you look closely, you can see a scalloped border above the fireplace opening.

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The rooms below were a bedroom and bath in the original house.  They are now gone and the kitchen is in their place.

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This was the far end of the red and white kitchen.  This doorway wall is now gone and the kitchen stretches beyond.  What were once a series of small rooms is now an open concept space with generous rooms.

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The house is to the point now where everything seems to be happening at once. Today I was over there and carpenters were installing the coffered ceiling in the great room while brick layers were finishing up outside.  The front porch columns are soon to be put into place and tile is going to be laid around the fireplace.  I am so happy for Katie and Patrick and know that they will enjoy living in their new home.  Are you doing a building project?  Create and be happy!

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