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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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Progress

I went by the Queen on my way home from work last night. It's so weird being pleased with what you see.

Kenny has finished repairing the foyer ceiling and some minor framing work in the master bathroom. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the framing work.

I know this (photo above) looks awful, but it is such an improvement. Kenny pulled out all the rotten wallboards, so we now have a view of the backside of the siding, trim, and the porch roof.

He has also begun work on the hall bath. We now have a new beadboard ceiling and trim throughout. He also closed in the back wall, so we can no longer walk into the master bedroom closet from the shower. I forgot how small this bathroom really is. Visually, it is amazing how much bigger it looked with that extra four feet of closet. Still, I think it's looking good.



The the trim board running along the ceiling is dark since it is one of our old, salvaged boards from the Queen. Why buy it if you can recycle?



I figure that he'll be finished with the hall bath today or tomorrow at the latest. That means we'll have to make him a new list for next week, and that is exciting.

2 Comments:

Blogger Patricia W said...

I think it looks great. I love the beadboard.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Hmmm, that makes me want to put beadboard on our bathroom ceiling.

12:09 PM  

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