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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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Blow Me

Tim from Energy Miser stopped by Saturday to give us an updated quote on blowing insulation into our attic and walls. He gave us a quote over a year ago, but it took us a lot longer to get the Queen ready for him than we thought.

Yeah, I know. It is such a surprise.

We asked for a new quote since we figured that the price would have gone up since then. Everything else has. We were pleasantly shocked when it was about the same as the original quote.

Not only will he be blowing new insulation, but he will also be removing what is left of the old insulation. Having bagged removed half of it by hand, I can’t tell you how excited we are to NOT have to finish this job ourselves.

As part of the removal process, he will need a giant dumpster. We pretty excited about this too. All the scrap metal, junk, and what-not that accumulated around the Devil Queen over the last few years will finally have a new home, a landfill.

And, if Kenny has finished with the windows this week, Tim will start next Monday.

I’m trying hard not to get too excited about this so I can manage my expectations, but it is hard. I’ll wait to dance around and scream, “HELL YES!” when the Queen is insulated, the last return air duct is run, and the AC is cranked up to full blast. Then, the celebration will begin.


Blogger amanda said...

That's great! I'm glad to hear that something is going your way.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

take the scrap metal to cunningham...else you'll be throwing away money!

7:01 AM  

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