Debbie and Larry Yarborough moved to their “fixer-upper” in 1983. Fellow residents of the house at that time included cats living in the floors, several bats and a colony of bees that had been storing honey in the walls for years. Other challenges included serious drafts, a wood cook stove, exposed, old pipes that would routinely freeze in the winter and a kitchen floor so sloped that spills ran across it and through the cracks before the Yarboroughs could wipe them up.

“Being overwhelmed is an understatement,” Debbie said. “Everything was such a mess.”

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