Sandy, this is by no means an uncommon situation, and commonly restorable, but depending on the structure it can require an uncommon path of restoration. To even begin to address your query, we'd first need to know:
- the general construction of the home; single story, 2-story,wood-framed with wood siding, brick fascia, all brick, basement/crawl, etc.
- the interior finish; drywall, plaster, etc. (structural, not meaning paint or wallpaper)
- the relative age & geographic location of the home, i.e. 1890's in south Georgia, etc.
Sandy, if you can provide us with some, or all, of the above, we can more accurately provide you with the appropriate information.