Our neighbors are literally ripping apart their home in order to make it better. It's an amazing undertaking and I'm sure their efforts will pay off.
This was one of the few homes in existence when my mom and dad bought about eight acres of land on the hill those many, many years ago. Growing up we watched all the homes be built around us. I remember distinctly climbing all around the building sites of the unfinished homes. There was always a home under construction around which to investigate.
This home came up for sale a year or two before we built ours. The woman had lived there for decades--just her and her cats (lots and lots of cats...). In fact, the cats left such an impression on the house that several times realtors called the gas company while showing the property to report a gas leak. Nope--just the result of cats. Even after two previous families lived in the home after all the cats had gone, the current owners found...well...remains still occupying their former home.
The current owners will be scraping away the facade to show the original rock structure that's over 100 years old. It's going to be beautiful.