light filled window seat in this whole house cottage remodel
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Light-Filled Window Seat

All told, the redo took about 18 months. "And it's not huge," says Paul, "2,200 square feet on a good day."

Even now, each team member seems to regard the house as a personal trophy. "People adore this house," Paul says. Stephan, who has worked on his share of old houses, thinks of it another way. "If you can work well together, it's fun—and everything comes out great."

Shown: The master suite includes a reading nook. Armchairs: Ralph Lauren Home; Bench: Mecox Gardens
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