After: A Scholarly Redo
"I still think my friends and neighbors are shocked that I pulled it off!" Throughout the renovation, tight budget constraints led Curtis to try projects he never had before, including lifting up the entire house on jacks to pour new foundation. He also discovered that the property is much older than he thought—he found articles in the walls from the 1860s, and some that even mentioned the Lincoln assassination. Though the remodel took him nearly 10 hours a day, Curtis learned more valuable, hands-on lessons than he could have in a classroom.