Cleanly Colonial: Renovating a 20th-Century Farmhouse, Toxin Free

Suffering from chemical sensitivities brought on when she helped build a log home, Linda Mellen and her husband, Peter, take an early twentieth-century farmhouse back to its nontoxic roots.

Rather than using plywood, which contains petrochemicals, the Mellens had kitchen cabinets crafted from old wainscoting and wood. The kitchen countertop and backsplashes are tile. The walls are fourteen-inch planks found behind the original house walls; they retain the original circular saw marks.
Photo By Philip Beaurline