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Great job of respectfully bringing this home into the 21st century! I love the mirror over the sink - it adds light and lightness and provides a view, even it it is a view of what is behind you. And no one can sneak up on you!

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Linda Ross

Luckily my 1907 Four Square Craftsman has stairs along the back wall in the kitchen that connect to the landing of the main staircase in the front hallway. They save a lot of steps from walking all the way around the back hall to the main staircase. I was told by a former butler that they were the servant's stairs. When I awarded he and his wife Garden of the Month, he brought me seeds and said he had worked in my house as a younger man. So I invited him in and asked him to tell me about my house. Great experience! I wanted soapstone for my kitchen counters but decided against the expense possible porous nature of soapstone. So I used a dark gray quartz. It's a satisfactory replacement.

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A couple of recent comments have popped up in my email, but I can’t find them here. I believe Lori was defending the right of the homeowners to do as they wish with their own house, against Maria who was wanting more historically sensitive renovations.

Of course Lori is right, the owners are entitled to do as they wish with their own house. But speaking as someone who would like to purchase an already renovated old house, I’d like to say that current owners often sell at some point, putting a house on the market that buyers who want a newer looking house won’t buy because it’s too old, and that buyers who want an old house with sensitive renovations won’t buy because the house has been renovated with too modern a sensibility. I’ve seen such houses sit on the market for years, which does the seller no good. And I have rejected such houses in my price range and desired location because I know how expensive it would be to change things and cannot bear the thought of living in a remuddled old house. Paint is one thing; cabinetry, floors, walls, and hard surfaces are another.


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