Nothing in the house had been changed since the fifties, and the renovation turned out to be much more extensive than the couple had expected.
“The windows didn’t open, there was no insulation, and none of the pipes were quite right,” O’Sullivan said.
Beyond the cosmetic changes, the couple had to redo almost everything in the house, including the roof, the foundation, and the septic system, she said.
And despite the bright exterior color scheme, painting the house was the easiest part of the entire process.
“It was actually not that long, probably the weekends over the course of a month,” O’Sullivan said. “But that’s what people respond to and are most curious about. Nobody’s ever asked me how long my septic system took, even though that was a lot more work.”