Who: Claudia P.
Where: Marshall, MO
My family is from Marshall, and we love the community and the history there. We've always wanted to restore a Victorian-era home. This home was in bad shape. Everything was out of square and over-spanned. We had to reinforce the foundation and bearing points due to major structural fatigue. There was dry rot under asbestos siding and ancient dirt and dust. We had to tear off an unsafe back screen porch, which was hard for me to part with. We unveiled creepy large and small critters that had made the house their home for the last thirty years while "she" sat empty. We had to order things from out of state and hope that they were the right size and what we wanted. But most of all, we could only work on holidays for two to three weeks at a time while commuting from California.