1. Solidify Your Ideas Before You Start

Time: 8 days
Who: Garth Lee Whitford
Where: Lindsay, Ontario, Canada

After planning it in the back of his mind for more than a decade, he finished a top-to-bottom renovation of his dining room while his wife was away on vacation.

"I never begin a project until I have a clear vision of what the final result will look like, and the dining room was no different. We'd lived in our house for 14 years before I redid this room, so I had plenty of time to think through the design and to choose materials and paint colors."

Shown: The ceiling dome draws the eye upward; corner blocks, dentil molding, and a frieze of Lincrusta form a unique transition from wall to ceiling.
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