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Move It or Lose It

February 16, 2018

Moving day takes on a new meaning when Erin and Ben agree to help clients Robyn and Cassidy move — then renovate —  a family farmhouse home that had belonged to Robyn's great-grandmother.

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Movers and Shakers

For this project Erin and Ben did something they'd definitely never done before — pick up and move an entire house. "Robyn and Cassidy came to us with a pretty interesting idea, " said Ben. "They want us to move and then renovate her great-grandmother's home... I mean, that's like the ultimate family heirloom."

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The house, built in 1938, had belonged to client Robyn's great-grandmother, and sat on what was once a dairy farm. When the land was sold, the new owner didn't want to keep the house. Robyn and her husband Cassidy decided to — if possible — move the house to another tract of land they owned. Ben and Erin agreed to oversee the move and then, if the house survived, renovate it. The house came with two bedrooms, 1800 square feet and desirable features like  high ceilings, hardwood floors and original bead-board. It also had three separate front entrances, a rotting porch and two missing support columns. 

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Photo: Todd Douglas/ Verbatim. From: Erin Napier, Ben Napier and Home Town.


Aside from one collapsed brick chimney and fireplace, the house move was a success. The newly refurbished exterior returns the house to its craftsman style roots with a full-width porch, new railing and tapered columns.

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Meet the Homeowners

Cassidy (L) and Robyn (C) Rahaim pose for a pic with Ben and Erin in the new bedroom for the Rahaim's daughter, Holly. The Rahaim's budget was $100,000, of which $15,000 would be required for the house move, leaving a renovation budget of around $85,000.

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