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where the cherry grain disappeared beneath linen white
paint. She also kept a brave front when the pine kitchen
cupboards fell under the brush. Still, it wasn’t easy.
“We grew up believing you didn’t paint wood,”
says Suzanne, but when all the rooms were finished,
it was the house she had yearned for, relaxed and
renewed, ready to embrace the next stage, which now
includes dogs and grandchildren. “There’s been lots of
living here,” she says.
The bathroom that started it all was completed
during an overhaul of the master bedroom suite. In
a room bright with Venetian plaster walls and tile,
Hodge reintroduced natural wood to the
house with a custom-designed walnut
vanity, bringing the project full circle, at
least for the Knowltons, who believe they
are done. Hodge is not so sure. He envi-
sions a fireplace in the entryway, the last untouched
space, where he first stood seven years ago. “It’s all
about patience,” he says.