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" Renovating an old home is never easy, "
Spychalski says. " Everything is imperfect. For
me, the charm of an old home falls within its
imperfections.
" To renovate and make a room look too straight,
too perfect, ruins the character that lends itself to
creating that special ambience, " he says. " Wayne
and Jim were masters. They understood they
needed to make a home safe and functional, but
maintain just the right degree of imperfection. "
Gauthier's crew renovated the home from the
ground up. " The key to what I do is, when you
walk away, you should never know that I was even
there, " says Gauthier. " We stripped Joe's house
right down to the frame, and rebuilt the frame.
Everything in it looks like it was always there. But
we created everything. "
The renovation, completed in 2018, reflects
Gauthier's belief that there is more at play than
simply craftsmanship in a Colonial home. " This
is not carpentry. It's art, " he says. " To work with
these materials and to make them fit. When you
walk in the home, it's got to feel warm, and it's
got to feel like it was always there. It's taken me 50
years to learn how to do that.
" To me, it's more of a piece of art than a house, "
Top: In the first-floor guest bedroom, the 18th-century New Hampshire Queen Anne tea table
is one of the owner's favorite antique pieces.
Above: The grain-painted fireplace facade was a common 19th-century design used to
make pine resemble the more exotic woods often seen adorning affluent Colonial homes.
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Gauthier says. " Each one of these houses has
its own character. And it tells me a story as I'm
building it. "
For Spychalski, the renovation " has been one

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