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An old farmhouse is a lot of work to fix up - but very rewarding

Ruth and David Cotter in the kitchen of their Charlton Road home Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Ruth and David Cotter in the kitchen of their Charlton Road home Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
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Dave Cotter's favorite book about home restoration gives some wise advice on house hunting: if the basement of a prospective abode shows signs of wetness, insect infestation or foundation problems, look for someplace else to live. The old farmhouse he and his wife, Ruth, looked at on Charlton Road about six years ago had all of those issues. "We loved it anyway," he admitted. "We fell in love with the fireplaces and the summer kitchen, ...


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