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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Monday, January 23, 2006

If I Cut It, Will It Fall on Me?

I don't know why, but I don't think the Houseblog feed picked this post up. So, since we're still fishing for advice on this baby, here it is again.

Below are some pictures of our front porch. If we cut off this odd looking 2x6, will this structurally weaken the porch roof enough to make it sag or fall down?

I know that triangles are very strong, desirable structural elements, but, damn it, this board is ugly. If we don't cut it off, we've considered "enclosing" the area between the 2x6 and the ceiling with beadboard on the inside and siding on the outside. Does anyone have any better suggestions?





From the banking/appraisal point of view, this board doesn't make any difference at all. So, for the time being, I'll probably leave it just like it is. I have bigger fish to fry for now.

4 Comments:

Blogger ben said...

Sorry but it looks structural to me. Perhaps you could drop it down to porch rail level. Just be sure the top is blocked to the roof so that the header doesn't creep up the the ceiling.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Hmmm. That board and atmospheric pressure are the only two things holding your house together!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

It does look a little odd. I like your idea of beadboard on the inside, siding on the outside.

10:31 AM  
Blogger HomeImprovementNinja said...

I think I addressed this on my blog. Here's the answer:

Hire someone to take it out and make sure you aren't around when it gets done. If the guy is still alive when you get home, then it wasn't structural. If the guy is dead, you can dump his body under the same post of the now newly-rebuilt porch. The cops won't look there because they will know it's structural. If he's only wounded, go out for dinner and a movie and come back when he's dead.

1:12 PM  

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