More than once we threw up our hands and swore we’d walk away from the madness—at least for a few days. In the end, we just went to work in separate rooms and cooled off, knowing that if we stopped it wouldn’t be easy to return to the grinding routine. To ease the tension we blasted the radio and sang out loud.
Fortunately, whenever I wanted to rush through a project to get it done, Dad kept true to his attention to detail. If every window molding and cornice was shot, he got out his rotary tools and replicated them, right down to the exterior cornices’ original anchor motif.
Shown: The remodeled kitchen was given an update with cherry cabinets, granite counters, and stainless-steel appliances.