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, July 13, 2006

The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Oil

Whoever said bitching, moaning, and whining are a waste of time are wrong. After my complaining yesterday, all the glories of the world found their way to my doorstep. First, as I mentioned in brief yesterday, Energy Miser came out and finished insulating the Devil Queen. We feared that the whole interior would be covered with a fine layer of insulation dust, but it really wasn’t bad at all, just a little here and there.

Since the heat and humidity have been abysmal, we kicked the AC on a few days ago even though we didn’t have any insulation in the attic and a couple of walls. The interior temperature was 89 degrees (9 PM) when we turned on the AC. It took it about 6 or 7 hours to get the temperature down to 67 degrees. Yesterday, my wife turned the AC off when Energy Miser arrived. They had to have all the doors open so running the AC was pointless. When we got back to the Devil Queen at about 9PM it was 87 degrees inside. We turned on the AC and it only took it an hour to get the temperature down to 74 degrees (67 was a little too cool for us). It is amazing what difference insulation makes. I don’t know how the previous owners keep the Devil Queen cool without wall insulation. I guess they didn't. It’s no wonder the house was neglected for so long, they were pissing all their money away on the heating & cooling bill.

It's not much to look at (picture below), but it still tickles me. The funniest thing about the AC is that neither my wife nor I actually expected it to work when we turned it on. I think we're still in shock that it worked and (so far) has continued to work.

Our kitchen faucet also appeared yesterday. This means that once the last coat of polyurethane is dry in the kitchen we’ll start plumbing the sink and dishwasher.

As a bonus, our milk paint for the kitchen cabinets has also arrived. If we don’t squander our entire weekend lounging around in our sumptuous, air conditioned palace, we might actually have a working kitchen. Then the laundry room is next on our hit list. All it needs is whole lot of work and it’ll be finished too.

Here is the kitchen with two coats of polyurethane.

And, here is the counter top trim. We're still sealing it too.

These are a couple pictures of our new, glorified camp ground. In case you're wondering, the white cloud hovering over the bed is our mosquito netting. Aside from a few moths, there isn't too much need for it now, but it was essential the first few nights.


Blogger SmilingJudy said...

Did I miss a post? So you guys have moved in? Congrats! It sounds like your luck may have turned a corner.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

amazing to see this. looks like home!

7:39 PM  
Blogger Archimedes24 said...

Is that a TV on top of a microwave? Holy shit, you should patent that. I think you just invented a new useless appliance!

That's awesome man. Congrats. A/C and insulation all in one week?!? Ye Gods. I hope you've made a recent sacrafice to your pagan mistress, so all this good Karma doesn't come back to bite ya.

Rock on.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Congrats! I hope the baby-welcoming touches happen quickly so you can all reunite. Of course, it'll probably be a couple of rough nights if he's anything like our little guys, but hopefully by the end of a week he'll be settled too (or she?), and then all you have to do is finish the house ;)

Lenise, not

4:44 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Hello fellow Arkansan "trying to survive a home project". I came across your blog while searching other houseblogs.

I am building my own new home down in Hot Springs; I look forward to following your progress.

Tony Gunn

5:56 PM  

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