desk area near open kitchen in cottage whole house remodel
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Seen Better Days

Kim called the number on the faded sign and made an appointment to see the house. She invited Scott Beveridge, a good friend who is also a contractor, to come along. Inside, black mold had pockmarked the walls and ceilings of the two-bedroom, one-bath cottage. Despite the blight, Beveridge quickly determined that the 1950s-era house was well built. The walls were solid: cinder block covered with brick and a layer of stucco.

Shown: Placing her dining table in the kitchen, Kim made room for a simple desk area nearby.
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