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The White House Is Getting Renovated (Photos)

| by Lauren Briggs
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The Oval Office might look a little different the next time you see it, as the White House is undergoing a major renovation project.

President Donald Trump left the White House on Aug. 4 and headed to his golf resort in New Jersey for a 17-day working vacation, while a White House crew immediately got to work on the West Wing, reports The New York Times.

Renovations will take more than two weeks and cost an estimated $3.4 million to add fresh paint, replace old carpets, switch out the air conditioners and heaters, and perform some routine maintenance in the old building.

Deputy White House press secretary Lindsay Walters said the temperature control systems are functionally 81 years old, since they are used all the time in the capital, which gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

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"I doubt that you would want to come to work on a hot summer day when the air-conditioning wasn't working," Walters said, noting that the state of the machines are "in a system where it's dire," according to The Times.

Walters said that there will be some aesthetic changes, as well, to fit Trump's preferences. A number of yellow walls and carpets put up during President Barack Obama's days will be replaced by a new palette of Trump's choosing, for example.

A number of West Wing workers have been moved to temporary workspaces in the Eisenhower Building.

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Other recurring problems include leaks in the ceiling and a chronic house fly infestation, according to CNN.

Though news sources quoted Trump as calling the White House "a real dump," the president denied that he ever said such a thing, while his spokesman said that he likes where he lives but has remarked before that the West Wing is somewhat run down.

"I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen," Trump tweeted on Aug. 2. "But Fake News said I called it a dump - TOTALLY UNTRUE"

Hopefully, the newest round of repairs will bring things up to par for the president.

"These huge maintenance projects are not atypical," said Betty Monkman, a White House curator from 1967 to 2002, according to The Times. "They don't happen every year, but they do happen on a periodic basis because of the needs of an old building, and particularly in the West Wing, a very dense office space."

Sources: The New York Times, CNN, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Featured Image: Tom Lohdan/Flickr / Embedded Images: Tom Brenner/The New York Times, Twitter

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