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Dream home: Modern remake
Dream home: Modern remake

In 2003, Mike Dufton purchased a 2,200-square-foot townhome on tranquil Back Creek just outside Annapolis in the community of King James Landing. The end-of-group design featuring a side entrance, along with views of the water just beyond the front yard, were both major attractions of the multi-level brick home constructed in 1985. A great room with a soaring ceiling and a wall of glass with sliders opening onto a spacious balcony were equally tempting. Dufton, 58, was more than satisfied with what he saw, paying $450,000 for his waterfront dream. "And then, I gutted it," he says, explaining that the bulk of the renovation was on the second and third levels, and involved...