Your gentle demands have been heard and I’ve attached more pics of the house. In case this doesn’t entirely satisfy you, I would encourage you to follow us (well, me really….Trent doesn’t Instagram) on my Instagram account. You will get some more house pics, along with the rest of our life.

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This week we will begin the tedious process of removing the doors and all the trim/casing. Since we would like to strip and restore both items, they will need to be removed carefully. If you happen to have some spectacular way of doing this, please comment below. We are always looking for new methods to our madness.








  • February 2, 2016 Reply

    Linda Jones

    I have to tell you…I really love the exterior of this home even more than the Kizer home.

  • February 2, 2016 Reply

    Gerry Ann

    It is sad that someone tried to update the home inside. Will you be taking it back to the era of the home? Just looks so blah, can’t wait to see your talents to take this home back to its glory!

  • February 2, 2016 Reply

    Robin Dykema

    This house is just a couple blocks from me! Can’t wait to see how it looks when you’re done. It’s an amazing old home!!!

  • February 2, 2016 Reply

    Teresa Sitek

    Was wondering did u finish the last house u two was working on? Would love to see pics of the finish project! Great house!

  • February 2, 2016 Reply

    Bud Walterhouse

    I see you are looking for advice on carefully removing trim and molding. I have demolished a lot of houses and have found that you need a very large pry bar. Mine is about 4 feet long. The more leverage you have, the less like you are to break the wood. I always hated to tear down old houses, but at least I salvaged things before the excavator chewed them up.

  • February 2, 2016 Reply


    You sure did make the right choice on this house! There is so much potential in it!

  • February 2, 2016 Reply


    YoungHouseLove has a fantastic tutorial on how to remove and re-install molding. The basic idea (if I remember this right) is that you print off a floor plan of the house and in each room label the walls/doors/windows with a number and write that number in sharpie on the back of each piece of molding as you remove it. That way there is no question as to what goes where or which wall was that piece on? It especially seems to help in old houses where things aren’t even close to square! 🙂

  • February 2, 2016 Reply


    Looks like you have some unfortunate “updates”. 🙁

  • February 2, 2016 Reply


    This house will be gorgeous when you’re done. Thanks for sharing with us all.

  • February 3, 2016 Reply

    Sarah true

    Grew up in Buchanan am excited to see what you do yo the home

  • February 5, 2016 Reply


    Another adventure for all to follow and I am looking forward to all the updates. If you have old light fixtures to refurbish or repair, I would suggest The House of Andala Lamp Shoppe on Miami Street in South Bend. They have thirty-nine years of experience in repair and custom building lights and lamps.

  • February 10, 2016 Reply

    Bonnie McKenzie

    Absolutely love it when people try to preserve the past. Once it’s gone it’s gone. You probably know who Nichole Curtis is but she has your same passion. She’d be a great resource. Hopefully Indiana Landmarks will take the Kiser Mansion and restore it.

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