david McCue stands in the front hall of his once grand seaside house in ManChester, Massachusetts, site of the current This Old House project, gesturing at the open space around him. He is telling a visitor that although he and his wife, Janet, love the house, they are the first to admit it has problems. “You drive up to this glorious property, walk up six steps, through the fabulous, formal front doorway and...you’re nowhere. It’s a colossal disappointment,” he says. Except for an elegant, curving staircase at one end that hints at the house’s past majesty, the entry hall is plain, featureless, and stark.
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