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, February 27, 2006

The Amazing, Growing Built-In

Saturday the wife, my son, and I went up to the Queen to see what Kenny had finished that week. Here are a couple of pictures of the built-in cabinets/shelves in my son's bedroom (complete with gratuitous bottle shot).

We're going to see if Kenny will deck the cabinet top with left-over tongue-in-groove flooring we used in the additions & kitchen.

I'm pleased with our built-in but part of me feels like a traitor. When we started this project, we'd planned to do a lot more restoring than renovating. Really, nothing to be too upset about I guess, but it does nag at me a little.

We're still trying to decide what we ought to do with the closet in this room. Originally, they installed a 1970's style "accordion" (bi-fold?) sliding door on a track. I thought that we'd pull it out and replace it with one of our old, salvaged doors. The problem with that is the clearance. There is plenty of room for the closet door to open as long as you don't want to open or close the bedroom door at the same time. That could be a problem. A pocket door would be a consideration except that it would require some major demolition an reframing.

We'll have to decide what to do with this pretty soon. Once Kenny finishes the built-in, the closet is the last major project in this room (minus so trim and refinishing the floor).

I am tickled with this little piece of work Kenny did. It's the rough-in for the ceiling fixture in the master bathroom. I wasn't sure how we'd mount a light to the cathedral ceiling, and now I know.


Blogger Kristin said...

Oooh, I love built-ins. That's going to look so great.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Jenne said...

This Kenny guy is great. Wish he had a twin around my neck of the woods.

12:32 PM  

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