“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” Martin Luther King Jr.
As an interior design major from the University of Alabama (HES), I love the old homes that dot the horizons of Alabama. The photo above is of the President’s Mansion on campus. Many other homes in the area have fallen into neglect, decay. Once bustling borders of families growing within, the walls of homes across the state are crumbling. Also, as a Realtor, it thrills me to see people with passion for breathing life into those old homes. That is why I am sharing a blog called VINTAGE CRIMSON.
Nika McCool, who also has joined Alabama Women Bloggers, is from Canada originally. Her passion for Alabama architecture is evident in the posts from the past year where she purchased a 175 year old house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Just last week, she purchased a home with a harried past called the Drish House. I will be writing more about it as she embarks on a journey to bring it back to life.
If you love Antebellum architecture or love fixing up old homes, grab some tea and read her blog like you would an old brown edged page of a how to book. She takes you on the daily challenges, the triumphs, and now her two sons live there while they attend college, along with half a dozen other students who now call the Caples House “home”.
She has brought back a piece of Sweet Home Alabama for our next generation who will notice her love for this structure and perhaps find a love for the past as well. They could have chosen the brand new dorms, the pristine apartments with all new sheetrock. Not these kids. Perhaps Nika’s passion to renew one house might trickle off within the hearts of the students who live there now. One day her vision might just change the places these students relocate to, one more renovated home at a time.
The Drish House will soon be returned to glory thanks to Nika McCool. It will be offered for sale or lease.
More on the Drish house CLICK HERE
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If you have a renovation you would like to share, feel free to write me and include a link! Saving Sweet Homes Across Alabama, one board at a time! email@example.com