Virginia Man Was Fed Up With Traffic Around His Home, What He Did Next Was Pure Genius.
When Jack Sammis saw that John Hollensbury's house was up for sale, (a whopping 200 years after he plotted his revenge) he knew right then and there that he had to buy it. He'd walked in front of the "Spite House" hundreds of times on his way to his office, which was located on Queen Street, in Alexandria's Old Town district. But he would've never imagined the interiors to look like that.
No one had seen a person take their revenge to such unfathomable extremes, but John Hollensbury's antics ended up making him somewhat of a celebrity for years to come. The tiny "Spite House" was only 7 feet wide, and 25-feet deep. It boasted a total 325 square foot, which were spread between two stories. He also used the adjacent house's walls to keep the structure together. Even today, you could see remnants of what the wheels of the carriages had done to the walls which were now part of his living room. But could Sammis turn it into a somewhat-livable space?
Did He Mess Up?
As far as redecorating and fixing an old house goes, things can get really complicated if you don't know what you're doing. Many house flippers would advise knowing what you're in for before snatching up an old house, as you get stuck in a long process that'll eat away your entire savings. But Sammis was no fool. He'd bought the house on a whim, but he wasn't planning on fixing this historic treasure all on his own.
Old Town Home
Sammis was the proud owner of the tiniest house in America, and he wanted to restore this historic beauty respecting its original structure. “I thought having something unique and historic would be fun,” he said. But he knew he needed all the help he could get. He got in touch with his friend, Matt Hannan, who'd help him find a way to make every inch count. When his project was over, everyone was dying to take peek inside.
The media went into a frenzy the minute they heard that Sammis was restoring the infamous "Spite House," and even Oprah dedicated an entire segment to the story. Finally, Sammis allowed cameras to take a look inside his humble abode, and viewers couldn't help but feel like they were transported back in time. Sammis had managed to restore the house while maintaining an old feel to it. He'd faithfully redecorated it to somewhat resemble the period it was built in, and the results were breathtaking.
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