What a Difference Ten Years Can Make


  1. Sandra Lee on December 12, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Remarkable! Cross House looks so beautiful now thanks to all your Herculean efforts & hard work!

  2. Marjie on December 12, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Thank you for letting us all in on your journey in her transformation…. Your progress is astonishing, and you should be very proud of all you have accomplished!

  3. Tony Bianchini on December 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    What a CRISPY looking house in that second photo!

    • Sandra Lee on December 15, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Yes indeed a most crispy delightful house!!!

  4. Barb Sanford on December 12, 2017 at 9:35 pm


  5. Miss-Apple37 on December 13, 2017 at 2:51 am

    I think that people who have driven past the Cross House when it was a its lowest must have been wondering when it would be hit by the wrecking ball. And if they drove by it in the past years, they must not believe their eyes the transformation that happened.

    This is such a great message of hope! Your work on this house is immeasurable, and i’m sure this shining house must have had a positive effect on the surroundings.

  6. Meghan, UK on December 13, 2017 at 6:12 am

    BEAUTIFUL. Stunning work, Ross, simply stunning. I’ll raise a glass to you this Christmas.

  7. Stewart McLean on December 13, 2017 at 8:23 am

    I’d say that the last three plus years since you bought it have been the most remarkable. With you most posts could say,”What a difference a day makes”

  8. Kirsten Hendrickson on December 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    This makes my heart all smiley!

  9. Sherrill on December 14, 2017 at 9:35 am
  10. A.Lynne on December 15, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I am sorry Ross, but I must point out your mistake. This post should be titled, “What a difference Ross MacTaggart makes.” Because no one but you could have restored this house to this level. Your attention to detail and work ethic have made a great difference to this house… but what has made the most amazing difference is how much your personality shines through. THAT is what makes us all your devoted followers, eagerly awaiting each update. Only you have the vision to pull this off! I mean, chartreuse walls for goodness sakes…. and it’s BEAUTIFUL!

    • Ross on December 15, 2017 at 10:25 am

      You are sweet. Thank you!

  11. Paul Tyler on December 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I’m just amazed how many stained glass windows the Cross House has. Whats even more amazing is how they weren’t stolen over the years. Truly a treasure!

    • Paul Tyler on December 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you for saving the house, Ross!

  12. Fritz on December 15, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Ross, the house looks great! You have moved a mountain! I would love to know how well your plan for stopping air leaks and limiting air circulation in the walls and floors has worked out and if the house is as comfortable as you had hoped.

    • Ross on December 15, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Hi, Fritz!

      Thank you for the kind words.

      And, alas, I still cannot answer your question! For, I am still stopping air leaks. I expect this to continue through 2018.

  13. Jennifer on December 16, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    What a difference one driven, creative, talented and dedicated MAN can make! Thank you for bringing us along for the ride.

  14. Debbie on December 17, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I am lucky enough to drive by the Cross House almost daily and have been amazed at the changes and all due to one person (with some help I’m sure). Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

    • Ross on December 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you, Debbie!

  15. R Olson on December 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Oh, what a TREASURE; we just don’t build majestic homes like this anymore and as often is the case, we can’t afford to maintain them and they fall into ruin! TY – TY for restoring this grand ole’ dame back to her glorious dignity and refinement.
    WELL DONE!!!

    • Ross on December 17, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you, Rosie! Yes, these big beauties are not easy (nor cheap) to maintain!

  16. Laurice Shaw on December 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Hey Ross!! Very, very impressive and gorgeous!! With you it could be nothing less. Congratultions.

    • Ross on December 17, 2017 at 4:30 pm


      It so great hearing from you!

      Just a few weeks ago, Bert and I were sharing warm memories of you! I hope all is well. BIG hug!



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