boston bulldog lying on bed in bungalow's master bedroom after renovation with vent-free gas fireplace
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Bedroom: After

To bring back some of the charm, we strained a few back muscles moving a two-tiered oak mantle from a closed fireplace in the guest room to top a new ventless gas one in the master bedroom. While we would have preferred a traditional wood-burning fireplace, I like how the ventless model we put in warms up the room 10 degrees in 10 minutes. Chill-free showers were nice to have during the sawdust-filled six months we spent sanding and refinishing the house's original pine moldings.

Shown: Abbie, the homeowners' Boston terrier, makes herself at home in the master bedroom, which opens onto the side porch.
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