Federal fireplace and mantel after remodel
Photo: Mike L.
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1700s Brick Federal: After

Who: Mike L.
Where: Wirtz, Virginia

We moved in the last day of 1999. After eight years, we have installed a new roof, new windows, and two 1,500-sq.-ft. additions. The original house contains the dining room, master bedroom, central hall, all finished. Not finished: the living room and second bedroom. The additions contain the kitchen, four baths, two bedrooms, and a family room. We saved two fireplace mantels of the five fireplaces and most of the heart pine flooring by removing and planing. Finished rooms now have raised panel wainscoting, seven-piece wood or plaster crown molding of our own making. The heating contractor and our daughter, Tanya, who did nine stained-glass windows, were the only outside help. Materials came from salvage yards when possible. The eight pillars for the front porches were purchased from the Greensboro N.C. Historical Society. We figure we have two to three years to finish our project.

Who did the work: I did most of the work myself
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