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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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A Qualified Finish

I don't want to have one of those "peace for our time" moments, but I'll put it out there anyhow. The hall bath is finished. And, I'm only 4 to 6 weeks behind schedule depending how you calculate it. Nice.

Now, sure you all know that a house is never truly finished. There is always something you can find to do. The wipe-on poly I used to seal the ceiling still wasn't dry, so I didn't wire up the ceiling fixture. That will go up tonight provided I can find it in our four foot deep stack of light fixtures.

Even though the bath is finished, there are three outstanding issues that will be dealt with in do course.

1. We still need to replace the sink's hot water shut-off valve. What can I say, living in denial is so much more fun than plumbing.

2. We need to install a ceiling vent. I plan to have Kenny do this because I hate cutting holes in my roof out of principle. Paying him to do it right is also a lot cheaper than me doing it wrong and paying him to fix it.

3. If we ever save up $450, we're going to replace our hand me down shower curtain with sliding glass doors. This would be a nice addition, but not essential for the time being.

Here are some pictures of the bath. Really, I don't think it looks much different that the last set, but the act of taking and posting "finished" pictures gives me a psychological sense of well-being.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, those lampshades are great. I think they look even better when the lights are off.

9:41 AM  
Blogger John said...

Thanks. It was hard to beat the price too. The set cost $26 which sounds like a lot until you consider that something similar at Rejuvenation would cost around $200+.

5:59 AM  

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