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A Craftsman Charmer and a Small Town to Call Home

March 22, 2017

Ben and Erin Napier help a military family with three young kids transition to small-town life, renovating a run-down 1917 Craftsman cottage to create a family friendly dream home.

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Renovation pros Erin and Ben Napier are saving old homes and helping build community in their small, secluded and beloved hometown. In this project, their clients are a new-to-town family of five. Ben and Erin update a rundown 4,000-square-foot Craftsman cottage into an eye-catching and stylish home that features a gorgeous open-concept kitchen, inviting living spaces and a multifunctional family room.

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In the Shop

Ben, among other things, is a skilled woodworker and proprietor of Scotsman Co., an enterprise specializing in custom history-inspired woodworking. 

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Best Laid Plans

Ben and Erin review blueprints with architect Luke Sippiel and construction foreman Jonathan Walters.

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In the Details

Erin ponders placement for an accent piece that will become a small but signature feature in this renovation — an old-style working gas lamp for the new front porch.

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