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April 1999

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FRENCH FARMHOUSE

dreamhouse update

TOP JOB

MATERIALS

Clear Finishes

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FRENCH FARMHOUSE

An American couple’s romantic renovation in the French countryside

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dreamhouse update

TOP JOB

A roof of red cedar, expertly installed, gives the Dream House a handsome, durable crown

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MATERIALS

Clear Finishes

The best choices for making old wood shine

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LUXURIES

Mosaic Mystique

Painstakingly laid by hand, tiny tiles tell a magnificent story

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THE TV SHOW PROJECT

HOUSES IN THE KEY OF LIFE

after a visit to Key West in 1867, Mark Twain described the town as “made altogether of one-and two-story frame houses, some crazy, unpainted and with only thick board shutters for windows.” Much of what Twain saw is still evident in the Old Town section of this 8-square-mile island.

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TECHNOLOGY

An Able Cable

More than a high-tech fad, fiber-optic lighting means the end of hard-to-change lightbulbs

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ASK NORM

“The best thing to do is find a contractor you get along with and who has a good reputation, then wait until he’s available.”
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LETTER FROM A COUNTRY HOUSE

YESTERDAY, AN ENORMOUS TRUCK PULLED UP AT THE FOOT OF THE HILL ALONG THE HIGHWAY’S EDGE BELOW THE OLD HOUSE MY WIFE, LINDY, AND I ARE RESTORING. ON THE FLATBED SAT AN EXCAVATOR, A SLIGHTLY SCALED DOWN, STEAMLESS VERSION OF A MACHINE I WOULD HAVE CALLED A STEAM SHOVEL WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY.

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meadow Lark

A FIELD IS A LOVELY ALTERNATIVE TO A LAWN

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OUTTAKES

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THIS OLD HOUSE
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