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Renovating A Historic Lake House

Thanks to channels like "The Travel Channel" and "HGTV," home renovation is more popular today than ever before. Programs depicting renovation competitions and celebrity couples flipping houses for profit have turned the activity into a spectator sport. 

In this fast-paced world of building bigger and better houses, it's nice to see a quiet labor of love that reminds us how special a place home can be. Tina Spangler moved out of her NYC apartment when she decided to renovate an old cabin from the 1950s located upstate. Her new home is far from perfect, but she'll be the first to tell you that she didn't want a perfect home. The cottage, along with every piece of furniture inside, is rich with character. Each room holds a handful of stories from past owners just waiting to be discovered, and Tina Spangler couldn't be more comfortable.
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