Trial By Trail
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Mendocino County, CA
Damn. What's the neighborhood like? Is this an oasis in the middle of a desert of deserted homes? Maybe find a couple/few like-minded people to partner up with? MOVE the house to a better local? (yes, it can be done) Lots of options, up to and including selling you new place to buy this one (sort of a "calling your bluff" kinda thing, meaning "How bad do you want to save it?")
Been there, way back when... An eccentric, beautiful, over-the-top 1800's Victorian was BURNED DOWN because no one wanted to save it. A ".gov-Ugly" monstrosity of a medical building was put up in it's place, but I was too young to buy a house back then (early teens) and the home of a local painter was saved instead. Sigh....
Politics.... get someone involved who has some push, and convince him/her that saving the "cultural heritage" of this house, or some other BS, will help get that person re-elected. A tsunami of cash will flow to save that house. Sucks, but that's the truth.
You have to start somewhere to get to the middle of nowhere.
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Thanks, but my rig is just a Prince among Kings. You folks gave me the answers to build it!