Corner nook and salvaged chair in this Orlando colonial home
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Finishing Touches

Joining us on the last stretch was carpenter Scott Williams, who crafted built-ins for my new office and John's. He also made cabinets that match the kitchen’s to line a butler's pantry in the addition.

I could gripe about our last disaster, which involved a burst supply line to the tub and Old Faithful going off in that master bath—unbelievably—once again. But it's more fun to focus on all we've achieved and relax a little. As for our new dining and family rooms and fabulous basement in-laws suite, we take every chance we can to share them. After all, many of our guests were there when we bought the house and bravely declared, "Sure, we can do it again—let's renovate."
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