homeowner relaxing and reading a book on porch
Photo: Jason Varney
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Striking Door Detail

But his greatest moment probably came when he decided to give my new back door his own stamp. ­Laboring late at night, he crafted a classic sunburst to go over the door. I admire it every time I walk by and notice how it ties in with the gingerbread trim.

As the work ground on, my budget grew to $65,000. That included splurging on a new kitchen with granite counters, cherry cabinets, and stainless-steel appliances. I figured I’d only be doing this once.

Shown: Homeowner Angela Dasher relaxes on the refinished side porch. The detail over the door was crafted by her dad to blend with the house's gingerbread trim. The exterior paint colors are Burnt Tile (on door), Cornerstone (on trim), and Silver Hill (on walls), all from Behr.
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