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, June 29, 2006

Suckage

The folks from Energy Miser still haven’t shown. Maybe it’s time for blood sacrifices and . . . a new contractor?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Patrick said...

John--

When we were shopping for insulation contractors, it became very apparent that they are the new "tin men." After doing a lot of research, I felt I could readily read thru their b.s. I was happy to find one that answered my questions truthfully (I already knew the answer) and didn't try to "oversell" me.

Choose your contractor carefully--more importantly, make sure your insulation installation is not going to create more problems (read mold/mildew/rot issues) than it solves (heat and cooling). There are pros and cons to each choice. I like the ones where the "pros" outweigh the "cons."

Best of luck.

Patrick


...ohhh, btw, I can't tell you how many loser contractors I've had that didn't show, didn't care, and didn't bother. I'm convinced, in most applications, that a well-read, well-educated DIYer will do a better job in most cases from your run of the mill contractors. That being said...a good contractor is worth his/her weight in gold.

5:36 PM  
Blogger John said...

I know what you mean. I've read up on insulation and think that ours will be fine, but it is still one of the things that keep revisiting. I'm definately a worry-wort.

You're spot on about finding a good contractor. It's damn near impossible. It only took us three years to find Kenny.

10:11 AM  

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