restored fireplace mantle  of the this old house reader remodel grand prize winning house
Photo: Laura Moss
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A Little Help From His Friends

When people ask how we've come this far with the house on just my nurse's salary, I say that family, friends, and good neighbors are worth their weight in gold. Sure, I pulled myself out of bed at 4 A.M. each day before my shift to do plumbing, hang drywall, and scour, strip, and sand just about every stick of wood in this place. But if it weren't for those folks, we wouldn't be living here today.

Shown: Among the home's most impressive details are the restored fireplace mantel and mosaic-tile surround in the foyer.
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