Another whole-house routine took shape: taking exterior walls down to the studs, which allowed Michael to add insulation and upgrade the wiring, plumbing, and heating. Radiators were replaced with forced-air heating and cooling delivered via unobtrusive 2-inch holes in the floors. A chimney crew revived the fireplaces while Michael tackled the surrounds.
Pictured: In the sitting room, windows are finished with stock Windsor casing and built-up cornices, as in the rest of the house. Below the window sill, panels extend horizontally as wainscoting to bring the eye downward and create a feeling of intimacy.