Front entryway of this queen anne home before remodel
Photo: Tria Giovan
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Old "Charm"

We steeled ourselves as we prepared to move in. It was February and freezing. Bats were still nesting in one hallway, and we could hear pigeons cooing under the floorboards in our bedroom. Before the end of move-in day we got hit by another surprise: The old water main burst. So no running water.

Shown: The Foyer Before. The balustrade and newel post were covered in old varnish and black grime.
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