Unlike some who buy an older property and feather the nest before moving in, Ernie Eck and Patricia Karlin have lived at 726 Ohio Street for several decades, completing numerous improvement projects over time. The more they fell in love with their house, the more they realized they wanted to undertake a major exterior rehabilitation. Beginning in spring 2016, the asbestos shingle siding came off and new cedar lap siding was installed. Custom wood storm windows were fabricated to fit each window opening and new French gutters were installed. The project was topped off with a striking four-color paint job. Their work took the property from non-contributing to contributing to the Old West Lawrence Historic District.