The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Bad: we have sold our home, The Kizer Mansion at 803 W. Washington. There were several issues (contractual and title) that could not be resolved. Indiana Landmarks has repurchased the home. We are sad, disappointed, angry and eight thousand other emotions…depending on the day. However, we are resolved to move on and look forward

Fact vs. Fiction

At this point, it’s safe to say that everyone has read/seen/heard the news story about our home, the Kizer Mansion. While we have a multitude of emotions running through us, we are still unable to tell our side of this convoluted story. However, in an attempt to not lose our sense of humor, we have

Before and After

We officially have our first set of before and after photos! We know it’s going to be a long time before we have any real before/after shots of the interior, so we are taking the good where we can get it right now. The back of the mansion had this terrible white siding (added during the

But, Why?

We have had a lot, hundreds, countless people ask why we are entirely gutting the house down to the original studs. The obvious reason is because the mansion has been home to as many as 13 apartments over the last 90 years.  The only way to return it to a single family, luxury home is to

Pipes Upon Pipes Upon Pipes

We have pipes coming and going every which way in this house. Seriously. I don’t know that either of us have every seen so many pipes, spanning so many years. We have old’ish pipes, we have really old pipes and then we have ancient pipes. Some of them we can figure out…others we just stare

Baby Steps

We are very slowly just starting to get one small, itty bitty section cleaned up. Baby steps, friends…baby steps. The carriage house had an apartment on the main level, the upper level and even in the basement (it was the WORST). The upper level is our home for the next 2 years as we complete

The Couple, Not the Project

A few days ago, Trent and I decided that we needed to take a break from working on the house. We have learned (the hard way) that this is our only path to sanity. We work all day at our actual jobs, then work all evening/weekends on the house. So, we have decided that on

The Carriage House

This week we officially started really working on the house.  Although, to be technical we are working on the carriage house.  Since we are living in the carriage house as we rehab the main house, there were a few things that needed to be done to make it livable (in my opinion).  Consider these the

Individual Beauty

Each of the fireplaces (all 10 of them) have unique, individual liners. They are incredible and I’ve we’ve decided they must stay. We haven’t heard what the cost will be to restore them to safe, working condition…but I am we are willing to figure this one out. On a separate note, we’ll be taking donations for fireplace

It’s All in the Details

If you are following along on Facebook or Instagram, you have been able to see some of the incredible things we are finding. Every time we turn around at our home, we “discover” something new in the details. Below are a few of my favorites. **Scroll to the bottom of this page (right hand side)