back of house after this whole house cottage remodel
Photo: Keith Scott Morton
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The amount of handwork was pretty 19th century, too. "We back-primed each piece," Thompson says of the new clapboards, "then let it dry, installed it, and had it sit for a year so the oils could leach out before painting." To further enhance the facade's historic-street cred, Paul replaced broken panes with old glass and had the crew fabricate gutters and flashing out of copper coated with lead for a soft, antiqued finish.

Shown: The small deck in back of the cottage after the renovation.
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