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, April 13, 2006

My Happy Thought for the Week

My wife and I were reading this month’s edition of This Old House Magazine last weekend. They have an article about installing a beadboard ceiling on porches, and, in the story, they quote a figure of five-dollars-and-some-odd-cents as the cost of beadboard by linear foot.

All of the beadboard we used on the back porch, the rear addition ceiling and three of the four rear-hall walls are covered in salvaged beadboard. Thanks to the generosity of the Shannon brothers, we got it all for free from the Davis House before it was torn down two years ago. Curious, I calculated the worth of the beadboard using TOH’s figure, and we saved ourselves approximately $13,090.00. Winning the lottery must feel something like this; every time I think about it, I get a big, shit-eating grin.

7 Comments:

Blogger Greg said...

Salvage totally rocks!

8:45 PM  
Blogger Derek C said...

I love salvage and with salvage in mind I saved my old porch floor, ripped and planed it and made gorgeeous ballusturs for my mission style porch railing. I even ripped and planed an old rotting swing set that I grabbed from a neighbor and used it to re-frame my rotted pantry exterior wall and floor. I save big bucks this way and always have great stories of my thrift to tell. Plus, it keeps the landfills less full.

6:53 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

That reminds me of when we first got the house. We were missing one door knob set and I was searching the internet for a match. I couldn't believe how much they wanted on salvage sites for a complete set. The door knobs alone were worth 1/4 of what we paid to buy the house. It definatly gives you a warm fuzzy feeling :)

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