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Dream Home: Design update in Columbia started with a window

Dream Home: Design update in Columbia started with a window

Bluebirds, woodpeckers and other colorful birds provide entertainment outside the new bay window as they dart around while nibbling at the feeders.

Betty Crader delights in the sight, whether watching from the kitchen counter, dining area table or her comfortable black chair.

"It started with the window," Crader said of the just-finished changes in her split-foyer home in Columbia's Oakland Mills.

Her late husband, Bruce, had talked about enlarging the house by breaking through the dining room wall. But two years after he died, Crader concluded last year that she didn't want more space; instead, she wanted a view of the outdoors and more natural light...

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