All in all, it was a compromise. A few days after the review, I came to terms with the commission’s rulings. I got the one item I really wanted most, the new garage, and I thought I could live with the other decisions, even though moving the garage and building a steel structure to keep the external chimney would be costly.
As soon as the house was officially ours, my goal became keeping as much of its history as possible while creating a new and wonderful place for Danny and me to call home.
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