Dutch Colonial porch with surrounding hydrangeas, dogwoods, roses and lilacs
Photo: Judith Bromley
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Consuming Projects

Dennis built new gambrel-shaped trusses on-site and put up custom-milled interior trim and paneling. Together, we installed new oak plank flooring. I, meanwhile, spent hours doing online research and reaching out to local suppliers to find the Heartland appliances for our 1920s-style kitchen and the right moldings to dress up the living room. This was the fun part that made all that nasty demo work worth it! As the projects consumed our days and nights, we decided to leave the interior painting and staining to professionals.

Just about 16 months after this whole process started, we were finally able to take our belongings out of storage. Remodeling this place turned out to be a lot harder than I had first imagined, but being able to surround yourself with the fruits of your labor is rewarding -beyond description. We officially plan to grow old in this home. No more moves. All the old packing boxes have gone to recycling.

Shown: Old-fashioned hydrangeas, dogwoods, roses, and lilacs surround the porch and new picket fence. A gated garden arch now leads to the backyard.
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