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 27, 2006

End of an Era

Kenny and Burt will be leaving us at the end of the week. They haven’t finished everything that we wanted them to, but they’ve reached a point where they’re going to have to wait for us to do a lot of painting and prep-work before they can continue. And, they have two projects they’d like to take up in the mean time. If the stars are right, they should be coming back to us at the end of July, but you can never be sure.

Wednesday Energy Miser should be out to start blowing insulation for us. The whole process has me kind of nervous. On the one hand, I’m excited about getting insulation. On the other, I’m not real excited about them having to cut holes in the siding to blow it into the walls. It’s nothing that can’t be fixed and covered up, but I just don’t like the idea of it.

We’ve got a dumpster for the old insulation they’ll be removing. We’ve already started filling it up with all the trash and crap that has been laying around the Queen.

With Kenny packing up, we can clean out the dining room and living room. They’ve been his de facto workshop for months now. Once all the wood, tools, and saw dust are gone, we’ll have two rooms that are ready to be finished. You know the whole glorious scrape paint, scrub wood, prime, and paint routine. And, the floors can be refinished too. But, before we can begin on them, we’ll have to do the same routine the hallway, Gideon’s room, and the master bed & bath.


3 Comments:

Anonymous davidLBC said...

That's it? A few measly ducts, a satellite dish, some drywall scraps and a paint can. ONE emtpy paint can. What have you been doing, really.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous davidLBC said...

That's it? A few measly ducts, a satellite dish, some drywall scraps and a paint can. ONE emtpy paint can. What have you been doing, really.

2:48 PM  
Blogger John said...

Nothing.

No, really this is just the stuff that was laying around the dumpster's site. We have more a lot more stuff for the dumpster. Just give us a week or so . . .

Funny, that does look like a satellite dish, but the Queen didn't come with one. ???

8:43 AM  

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