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The couple also had the roof and all 57 windows replaced, and the porch torn down and rebuilt."Our broker didn't really think we'd be interested [in the house], since it needed so much work," recalls Lisa, the vice president of global public relations for Kenneth Cole.
For 14 months, the Hellmans stayed in nearby motels while overseeing construction and remodeling.
Beneath the exterior's yellow asbestos shingles, Lisa and Mark Hellman discovered well-preserved clapboard, which they painted with Benjamin Moore's Flat White.
The couple also had the roof and all 57 windows replaced, and the porch torn down and rebuilt.
The couple also uncovered gorgeous pine floors beneath grimy linoleum, but the boards were full of plumbing holes from the many kitchens and bathrooms that existed in the different apartments.
Rather than replace entire planks, the Hellmans plugged up the openings with stoppers fashioned from branches found on their property — a charming personal touch that sure beats wood putty.