white bathroom in colonial revival home
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Patience Under Construction

The next conversation was about Jim serving as their general contractor and their renting another place until the dust settled. "I said, ‘I'm not moving twice, it's too traumatic,'” Sharyn recalls. "So we lived here and worked around ourselves—and always made sure one bathroom was functioning.”

A visit to the town's building department revealed that the most recent permit had been pulled 15 years earlier, when the previous owner upgraded the wiring and installed central air, piping it inefficiently through existing heating ducts. The couple decided to create a second zone by installing an air handler and additional ductwork in the attic. To cut drafts and increase comfort, they would have to replace the windows and pump spray-foam insulation into the exterior walls.

Shown: The adjacent bath's beadboard wainscot is another Jim touch.
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