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, February 23, 2006

More Crack than Your Caulk Can Handle

We've got way too much crack in our foyer. The front wall of the house has pulled forward (100+ years of settling & a 16 mile move) from the rest of the house. The only place where this is a serious problem is where the foyer wall should meet the front wall. Notice I say "should." Currently, there is a crack nearly two inches wide that runs from the floor to the ceiling. It's big enough for you to stick your whole hand in and wiggle it around.

I don't think caulking this crack is an option.

I have two possible solutions for this. One, I scribe a board that will fit this gap and then caulk and paint it. Two, I install some freaking enourmous corner trim (cove?) in each of the four corners of the foyer. The problem I have with both solutions is that I'm not convinced that they won't look like ass.

Any and all suggestions are welcome.


8 Comments:

Anonymous Shauna said...

John,

May I say that you have quite a flair for coming up with captivating titles for your posts!

BTW, thanks for the camera tips. I bought a Kodak Z7590 a few weeks ago, and I'm very happy with it.

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Blogger Kristin said...

I like the idea of a corner molding. I don't think that would look bad at all. In our beadboard bathroom, you can see where there were originally pieces of wood in the corners.

1:50 PM  
Blogger John said...

Shauna, Thanks and I'm glad that I could help.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Lenise said...

We've got some corner molding in our house, but it looks stupid because it's not actual molding, just a plank of wood against one wall in the corner. Actual molding could look nice. And you've shed some light on why our "molding" may be there.

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