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The library, a masterpiece of old barn wood flooring and new millwork that includes crown molding, a large shelving unit with a classic pediment and paneled wainscoting throughout that was replicated by Holtman Design from the one surviving piece found under one of the room’s five large sash windows. Ben said that panel was one of many century-old clues used to guide the restoration of original patterns in the house.

The mantelpiece came from a local antique store. Its surround and hearth were designed from salvaged tile. Holtman Design's carpentry team milled fluted columns above the mantelpiece and a pediment for the top that matches the one over the bookshelves.


The Walterses cleverly pulled together three first-floor rooms – living, dining and kitchen – by salvaging and installing in each large cabinets they bought at auction when Hughes High School was remodeled. They are oak and feature large glass doors and tons of storage.



Ben said he loves the kitchen the best. It features the largest of the school cabinets, new chrome pendant lighting, high-end stainless steel appliances and a 6-foot by 12-foot Carrera marble island that is in some ways the focal point of family life in the house.

“It’s the biggest island we could make that we could haul in here,” Ben said.