Remodeled queen anne living room and fireplace
Photo: Tria Giovan
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The Living Room

The other chimney got a new cap and gas insert, and a window company replaced 33 windows. With help from a plumber, we turned a spare room into a spacious downstairs bath, converted the upstairs kitchen to a bathroom, and made the old upstairs bath a laundry room.

Six months later, we made our deadline—with an extension to finish the siding. With the loan in hand we were able to pause and plan other fixes in the rest of the house.

Shown: A new gas insert made the living room fireplace functional once again. Chris and Merle sanded and stained the pine floor themselves.

Wall paint: Valspar's Bonsai
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