The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Voodoo Contracting

Despite my admonishments to leave it alone, my wife has apparently resorted to voodoo to bend contractors to her will. I have no other explanation for our recent bit of good luck.

It recently came to our attention that the Queen's bay window was never properly shingled. It appears that our roofer forgot about it. It wasn't a big or difficult job, so I don't think he was avoiding it. Fortunately, there were two or three layers of tar paper offering some protection. So, how did we miss it? Unless you wander into the thick jungle of our front yard and climb a tree, it is nearly impossible to see the bay window's roof from the ground. We should have used a ladder to check it when the roof was put on, but what can I say? We were young and stupid, now we know better (?). From what we can tell, the tar paper protected it pretty well, so no major damage was done. Lucky for us, we've had a lot harder lessons.

Monday night my wife called a roofer referred to us by Jeff at Rideout Lumber (Jeff has been an invaluable resource, he knows everyone). The contractor agreed to take the job at 9PM. At 10AM Tuesday he called to let us know it was finished.

I'm still in shock. We've never had this kind of turnaround on a job before. Admittedly, it was a small job, but they actually came, did what they were supposed to, and finished it (yes, we did check this time). Only black magic can account for that kind of job performance.

Need some root-work done on your contractors? Ask nice and I'll put in a good word for you with the Mrs.

And, thank you to everyone for their input regarding HVAC systems. It has been very useful.


Blogger AngelSil said...

I could seriously use some of that voodoo on Pedro the "wonder" contractor over at my place. It's a "wonder" when he shows up!

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