Front yard of the Orlando colonial home
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Belle of the Block

Luckily, we love the house, and so do our kids, 7-year-old Olivia and Max, who's 5. Both of them managed to be born between renovations. We'd take a break, then get back to work. They're so used to it, they thought nothing of helping me caulk the post caps the other day when I was fixing up the picket fence.

Yes, we are still working on this house 10 years after we bought it. Believe it or not, we had just finished renovating a house a block away and had no intention of doing it again. Then we spotted this lovely 1920s Colonial Revival—in one of Orlando, Florida's oldest and friendliest neighborhoods—on a great lot and near a great school.
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