attic classroom of the this old house reader remodel grand prize winning house
Photo: Laura Moss
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The Classroom

But my biggest supporter was Katie. She had complete faith in me about this house, even though she didn't step foot inside until after we bought it. She likes to say that it was my sweat and her tears, but the truth is, she was my saving grace. The calm to my crazy, Katie kept our family together. To help cover the bills, she sold used textbooks and picked up odd jobs, all while caring for and homeschooling our kids.

Shown: The top-floor classroom, where Katie leads lessons for the kids. The divided-light casement windows on the bookcase wall are original, as is the paneled window seat in the dormer.
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