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The 1923 bungalow was in "immaculate" condition inside and out, but the spindly metal railing on the porch looked like braces on an otherwise appealing smile.

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When Howells replaced the spindly metal rail with a more substantial wooden railing, it was like he’d taken the braces off the front porch to reveal straight white teeth; the house smiles proudly.

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The plain, unassuming back facade was unchanged since the home was built in 1923.

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Howells added the second story dormer for the master suite, but pulled it in from the original roof line so that even from the backyard view, the addition isn’t imposing.

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The shower and counter are custom sized for the tall owner.

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The tub has a double basin so that it can be filled to the brim.

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Campari red tile (from Heath Ceramics) is a splash of vibrant color among the otherwise muted tones of the house.

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The rug (from Lapchi) in the dining nook provides a transition between the red tile of the kitchen and the dining room just beyond.

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An Arts and Crafts table (a Gustav Stickley reproduction) harmonizes with modernist Hans Wegner chairs.

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