Or so I’ve promised my crew, which has expanded to include not only Grandpa but also my brother Matthew, who found himself repaying an old IOU last spring by installing my wrought-iron fence. I even persuaded our younger brother, Nathan, to help me tile the kitchen backsplash.
I moved in a little over two years ago, and it does feel like home—although there are a few things left on my to-do list. For one, even after all this time, the master bath needs new tilework. Maybe Dad will have some free time over the holidays. I’ll make a note to ask him.
Shown: To give the bath a vintage look, the homeowner installed wainscoting and a vanity with detailed moldings.