Petersburg, Virginia, cottage after turned into spectacular home
Photo: Patricia Lyons
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After: Ramshackle Little House Gets a Second Life

With just four rooms, it seemed like it could be a cozy home. So in May 2006, Walt and Patricia moved into the main house. Patricia cried that first night and asked Walt if they were doing the right thing, taking on this rundown little house in a slowly revitalizing urban area. But by the next morning, that moment of doubt had passed.

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