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The Art of Blending Old & New Structures by Gordon F. Tully Renovations are full of surprises. There are the surprises when you actually remove the old finishes and discover that the joists run the other way, when you learn that the carpenter ants have been more industrious than the owner, or when the main plumbing stack is found to run on center through a proposed window. But the surprises I will talk about here relate to style, and I will use a kitchen renovation we did three years ago as an example. The house was a large, imitation Dutch Colonial located in a fancy suburb. The new occupants were a young family who were vacating a lovely