A decade-long $210,000 home library renovation in the works

A decade-long $210,000 home library renovation in the works

By Vaishnavi Nayel Talawadekar

When he bought his Akron, Ohio, lakefront home for $450,000 in 2006, the owner, a real estate investor, now in his early 60s, intended to use as a weekend getaway. Fearful of spending too much on an occasional-use property, he decided to postpone any changes. It was a decision he stuck with until 2019, when the fading interior coupled with the desire for a primary residence prompted him to reconsider a design refresh.

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With a penchant for words, Eleon Smith began writing at an early age. As editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, he honed his skills telling impactful stories. Smith went on to study journalism at Columbia University, where he graduated top of his class. After interning at the New York Times, Smith landed a role as a news writer. Over the past decade, he has covered major events like presidential elections and natural disasters. His ability to craft compelling narratives that capture the human experience has earned him acclaim. Though writing is his passion, Eleon also enjoys hiking, cooking and reading historical fiction in his free time. With an eye for detail and knack for storytelling, he continues making his mark at the forefront of journalism.
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