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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Friday, February 02, 2007

Ringed or Crowned?

Instead of boring you with more of my car troubles (steadily sliding from bad to worse), here is an actually house post.

If you're curious how well your attic is insulated, go outside some morning after a hard freeze or some new snow before the sun starts to melt it. If your roof is uniformly covered in frost or snow, it means your insulation is doing a great job of keeping the heat where it belongs. If your roof is clear except for a thin band of frost or snow over the eves, enough heat is rising into the attic to melt it off of your roof.

If you're a housewhore, it's fun to go through an older neighborhood and see how many houses are ringed or crowned.

It looks like all that insulation we had blown into the attic this summer is doing its job. The Devil Queen was fully crowned with snow Wednesday night.


Anonymous Patricia W. said...

I hate to admit it but my house is one of the 'ringed' ladies. Not enough blow-in upstairs. It is upsetting to see the shingles peek through when they shouldn't but with luck I have only one or two more years before that is a memory. Our temp right now is 11 degrees with a wind chill of -3 and they are expecting 6-12" of snow over the next three days. My bald spot is really going to show!!!!

4:12 PM  
Blogger Poppy said...

YAY! Let's hear it for the Queen having a crown!! *woot*

8:37 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

We're ringed. We had insulation blown in our little attic shortly after we moved in, but apparently it didn't do much. If it weren't just a tiny skuttle, I might take a look and see if there's any up there at all!


6:50 PM  
Anonymous Julia said...

We're one set of those poor souls with the badly insulated attic and crawl spaces. We just moved into our home built in 1949 about 2 weeks ago. We're discovering lots of interesting work done by previous owners (believe it or not we are only the 3rd owners of the home too). We have a lot of insulation to add!! (among other things)

10:36 AM  

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