master bedroom with oak fireplace mantle
Photo: Stephen Karlisch
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Master Bedroom Fireplace

While we were initially disappointed to lose the roof when we lopped off the attic, starting from scratch allowed us to build a full second floor. New rooflines allowed for higher ceilings and two modern-sized bedrooms, a room for the pool table, and a TV room. Setting the house up on a raised foundation created a 32-inch crawl space that we used to house new ductwork too thick to wind through the cross bracing between floors.

Shown: The original oak fireplace mantel in the first-floor master bedroom had never been painted. Its tiled, cast-iron propane insert is new but made to look like an old coal-burning version.
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