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But it is on the main living floor where much of the new detailing is evident. “We copied the peaked arch detail from the front entry, and brought this inside,” says Pritchett. “It features in several areas, including the fireplace and on various openings. The new mouldings crafted to the original specifications provide another interesting detail, but the duplicating process was not straightforward – new tools had to be made.” While the new windows, with their divided lites, appear to be exact copies of the originals, they incorporate energy-efficient glazing. “The house had to meet all the present-day building codes, while not sacrificing the heritage elements. This made it a very challenging project,” says Dixon. “But the owners were very committed to the cause. All the lighting is low voltage and even the refrigeration was chosen for its energy efficiency.” Reclaimed oak features on the floors. This was specially milled so that the growth grain would look exactly like the oak boards dating back to 1916. The new stair balustrading also echoes Reid’s original design, although it is 6in higher to more renovations at trendsideas.com/go/usren 55