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, January 25, 2006

Thanks for the Advice

Thank you to everyone who gave advice regarding our front porch. I greatly appreciate it.

I do have a small confession to make though. I was pretty sure we ought to leave the 2x6 in question, but my wife didn't want to. She had to hear it from someone else besides me to believe it was a structural necessity. My wife has some issues with my credibility, and, unfortunately, they aren't entirely groundless.

While I rather enjoyed the Home Improvement Ninja's empirical solution for this problem, it probably would be too expensive to implement at this particular time. On the other hand, it is tempting; I wouldn't mind having stupid-drunk Contractor Mike out to test the structural integrity (once again proving that I'm not nice).


Anonymous Ron said...

Si I missed the original post, but as for the structaural question. My 1st thought is that it is not structural. The 2x6 is laying flat(not much strength except tensile). It is not fastened into much at the house side. It is a very odd height for performing much load or force transfer. That being said, it is possible that, depending on how the porch is framed, it could be acting as some sort of tension member tying the porch roof back to the house. But if that is the case then the connection at the house needs to be shored up. So.... if you have other photos of what is above the porch roof line and any before the beadboard was installed maybe i and others may be able to ramble about it some more.

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