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10 Reasons Why Fixing Up an Old House is the Most Romantic Thing Ever

by Amy Dorsch Heavilin of Vivacious Victorian

One of my goals in life has been to take down the (as I call it) the HGTV myth : that restoring a house, or taking on a renovation, is an automatic death blow to any relationship. Of course, TV shows are meant for drama, and I’m sure a lot of people DO get into spats during the stress of a renovation. But everyone is different! And when people find out that we’re restoring a 4,700 square foot Victorian by ourselves, the first question is usually, “How haven’t you killed each other?” People are so fascinated that we can be involved in such a long-term project and still adore each other after 14 years of marriage – and multiple renovations. But it’s TRUE. In fact, I’ll argue that the renovation of our house has made us a stronger couple, and a stronger partnership.
I’m not naïve enough to think that our experience is the rule. I know it’s not. But I wish that people wouldn’t exclude a fixer upper from their future, just because they think it’ll cause issues. If you like working with your hands, if you like CREATING, if you like puzzles and solving problems, if you like making a space to works for you – then jump on board. It’s the best.
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Free Houses! These 6 Gorgeous Old Houses Are Free For The Taking — Provided You Can Move Them

By Elizabeth Finkelstein.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I know exactly what you’re thinking: What on earth do I get the old house lover in my life??? I’ve hand-picked six gorgeous old houses that I can promise your significant is just going to LOVE. And here’s the really cool thing: all of these are being offered for free provided that you pick them up and move them to another site. Free houses AND rescuing a piece of history? That sounds like a match made in heaven. (Psst! Make sure to follow CIRCA’s YouTube Channel to see more old house eye candy each week!)
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The Most Heartwarming Renovation Story I Have Ever Heard

By Elizabeth Finkelstein.

I AM SOOOOO EXCITED!!! Way back in 2013, CIRCA featured, as one of our Friday Fixer-Uppers, a 9,000 sq. ft. home in Emporia, Kansas that needed (let’s put it lightly) just a bit of rehabbing. Well, someone actually bought this house, and is indeed fixing it up, and suffice it to say he is one TRULY inspiring person. I’m so excited to share with you my conversation with the fabulous Ross MacTaggert, who has been blogging all about the renovation of the magnificent Cross House at It’s a truly inspiring story for anyone interested in buying, renovating or saving an old house. Click through the jump below to watch! And make sure to follow CIRCA’s YouTube Channel to see more old house eye candy each week.
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