One positive outcome of the epidemic has been that many individuals have gravitated toward activities they enjoy — and they continue to do so.

That involves refurbishing historic properties for a father-daughter partnership. In certain situations, very old houses.

“If I’m going to do something other than teaching, it’s going to be something I enjoy,” Kurt Weber remarked.

Kurt has worked as a teacher and a hockey coach throughout his career, but redecorating is his true passion.

“The new structure is excellent,” Kurt added, “but the renovating is a fascinating task.”

The issue in this case is an Excelsior house erected in 1858, the year Minnesota became a state. And when you’re working on something this ancient, it’s always helpful to have a fresh pair of eyes.

“As we walk through the rooms, we giggle because you can tell what century they are from,” Alisha Perkins said. “This was most likely refurbished in the 1970s.” Here are the 80s and 90s.”

Kurt and his daughter Alisha started building and remodeling houses together many years ago. They immediately discovered that Kurt is skilled in building and Alisha is skilled in design.

“We took one bathroom and made it into two,” Alisha explained, glancing over their latest project.

The father-daughter team has collaborated so successfully that their eye-catching outcomes have been published in periodicals. They name themselves the Dovetail Builders because a dovetail junction is one of the strongest in carpentry.

When Alisha’s friend purchased the old Excelsior bed and breakfast, she wanted a close-knit group.

“When she acquired it, she said, ‘Would you be interested in pursuing a project of this magnitude?'” “I was like, ‘Yeah, but I have to bring a contractor I like [laughs]!'” Alisha said.

“We’re absolutely different, and that’s the great part,” Kurt added. “We don’t really argue about it since she always wins.”

Aside from that, it requires a specific talent to update a 165-year-old house while retaining its original charm. Bathrooms, dining areas, and kitchens are all gutted. Railings and other structures must be brought up to code. The staff reuses as much as possible while staying within their budget.

“Because there used to be a closet here, the space felt much smaller.” So we took it out,” Alisha explained, pointing at another adjustment.

While the renovations will be completed in the spring, they are unsure about the house’s future function. However, that is not always the case.

“It’s my favorite thing to do.” “One of my favorite individuals in my life is my father,” Alisha remarked.

Kurt believes that the feeling is reciprocal. Because it’s not simply the job that’s of high quality. It’s also the bond.

“Wow, what a blessing. “This is one of the many things I enjoy doing, especially with her,” he remarked. “Believe it or not, she’s so skilled that it relieves a lot of burden off of me.”

Kurt and Alisha will also repaint the house’s exterior, switching from pink to deep blue. They will be completed within the following several months, allowing the house to be utilized for a wedding.

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