The dingy exterior of the architecturally hodge-podged "Dutch Barn Colonial" gave no justice to the home's prime location. Yellow vinyl siding and asphalt shingles covered the home when the couple bought it. The enclosed front porch, which had been built with no foundation, was chained to the back of a pickup truck and ripped off during remodeling.

Inside, the HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems were outdated and highly inefficient."I don't think I would have picked this house in the beginning," says Betsy. But Dan, in love with the location, convinced Betsy to take a chance on the shabby, but structurally sound house.
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