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I had known what neighborhood I wanted to live in for a long time, but very few homes ever went on the market and when they did they usually sold the first day with multiple offers. This home languished on the market for months and the price kept falling. There was good reason. It hadn’t been renovated or repaired in a quarter of a century and it felt flat, dark, grey and blank when you walked through it. Kitchen cabinets had been ripped from their hinges and floor tiles were cracked in every room. It needed to be gutted.

I submitted an offer I expected to be rejected. The next day I was in escrow and took a deep breath. I decided that, since this was going to be my home, I would take a completely different approach; no decision would be made based upon resale value, current trends or realtor mandates. This house would become what I loved, valued and felt warm and safe in. This would be a place for me to feel at home.

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It would be filled with French doors, corbels, wainscoting, beams, real wood floors, pediments and light. Three interior walls were knocked down. Five new windows were added to open the interior to the beautiful backyard and the fireplace was recreated to look just like one I had seen in my dream. Two bedrooms were combined to create a beautiful master suite. Nothing went untouched. From top to bottom, this home was to be filled with everything I loved. It would become a cottage farmhouse in the middle of the city.

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Because this is the first home I designed to reflect what I loved and not what I was trained to design, it has become the home I love the most. I broke many rules designing this home. I turned a three-bedroom house into a two-bedroom home. I took a modern design and turned it into a cottage farmhouse. Every day that I walk through this home makes me smile and tugs at my heart. I am so glad I broke those rules. I am home.

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