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 06, 2006

Photo Update

Kenny has been a busy. For the first time since we moved the Queen, every room has a ceiling. The master bath ceiling needs some work, but the attic is now fully partitioned from the living space. And it only took three and a half years!

The photo above is the attic scuttle in the panty. When I first inspected the pantry, I thought that Kenny had forgotten to build in a scuttle. I was wrong. He did such a good job of building it in that it is invisible. Wow.

The white flecks on the wood are bits of canvas and wallpaper hanging onto tack heads. The wood was all salvaged from a house in Atkins, and we haven't finished cleaning it up yet. I think we are going to leave the wood in its natural state. No oil, stain, or sealer.

Here is one of our two tankless water heaters. Not real pretty to look at, but there it is. I lobbied for installing these in the crawl space, but I was overruled by the wife and Charlie. They were concerned that the exposed metal (pipes and fittings) would leave the heaters vulnerable to freezing.


It is hard to tell what the hell this photo is of. It was taken from the small hall looking into the bathroom/laundry with its new beadboard ceiling in all its glory.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What brand of tankless water heater did you buy and why? Do you have any water pressure concerns?

11:16 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I want to know more about the tankless water heater, too.

12:55 PM  
Blogger John said...

The tankless water heaters are Titans. I bought them online two years ago. I would have liked to have bought them locally, but no one in my part of the world carried them two years ago.

We are concerned about water pressure only insofar as the Queen has a very non-plumbing friendly floor plan. By the time the water reaches this part of the house, it's have travelled at least 100 feet from the main line into the house.

Maybe I'm a moron, but I'm not too worried about the heaters affecting waterflow themselves.

I'm hoping they work like a charm when we fire them up in a couple of months.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Seleta said...

I am thinking about electric tankless water heaters myownself.

But I have only 100 amps and the geniuses down at the big box store said I needed at least 200 amps.

This is for a tiny cabin in the woods.

How many amps do you have?

10:59 AM  
Blogger John said...

We have a 200 amp box. I'm not sure if that means that you'd need one though. We have about 1850 square feet that we're heating & cooling, two tankless waterheaters, and all the usual stuff.

I'd consult an electrician. If you're cabin is really tiny and you're only installing one of these, 100 amps may be fine.

The size of the heater is another consideration. We got the biggest we could find. Each one is supposed to be enough to provide hot water to two bathrooms and a kitchen.

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