Introducing: The Krakhaus

Hubby and I have a sickness. We can’t look at a dilapidated, rotting old home without seeing its potential. When we found this neighborhood thirteen years ago, it was in transition to say the least. But it stole our hearts, and there was no doubt in either of our minds it could turn around with a little love. And a lot of Kilz.

I mean a LOT of Kilz.

We’ve now renovated three houses, and each purchase seems to be in worse shape than the one before. Are we nuts? Possibly. But the satisfaction at seeing a piece of history restored is indescribable.

And that brings us to house #4. After a year of negotiation with the current owner, we’ve finally bought a little place in our neighborhood that was heading toward demolition. So here, for your viewing pleasure, is the official “before” video of what we’ve lovingly christened the krakhaus.

The best part? We learned last time that an empty house, mid-renovation makes a perfect backdrop for art installations. Fortunately this town is filled with talented paint pushers, many of whom we’re lucky enough to call friends. So prepare yourself, Columbus, because the krakhaus gallery will soon be up and running.

After it has a roof, that is. And a bathroom. And windows. But other than that, it’s almost ready.

Stay tuned for updates on how we attempt to restore this house using environmentally sustainable methods and materials. It’s going to be a wild ride, and we promise to share the good, the bad, and the ugly with you guys. By all means, if you have advice based on your own experience, we’d love to hear it.

Let the weekly trips to the salvage yard and hardware store begin.

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  • February 26, 2013


    Yes, you guys are seriously NUTS! I’d go running from that house like my hair was on fire! It gives me hope, though, that people like you do this sort of work. You guys are awesome! Congrats on your new project! I’m looking forward to seeing your blog entries on the restoration project.

  • February 26, 2013


    The last house was actually worse…

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