GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The leap of faith by Donna Stratton and Bill Holstein has turned their dream into a reality, a passion, and to that aforementioned big project.
"We moved out to Fruita nine years ago, and this is a house that we have admired for nine years," Stratton explained. "Driving by, she's (the house is) right on Main Street. We've always driven by and thought, "Oh, wouldn't this be fun?""
The history was intriguing, the house appealing. Donna says the house spoke to her, and she, in turn talked with Bill, and the rest is their history and now their future.
"You know, she (the house) was just beautiful, and gorgeous, and the last couple years... (we've) been watching her deteriorate and (it) just made us very, very sad," Stratton explained. "... and (we) just felt such a need to try and fix this house."
The couple was hooked, and after one visit Dixie, too, was enchanted and felt drawn to the house.
"We've always, you know, thought something like this would be fun to do," Holstein said. "You know, never really (thought) that we would do it, and I was a history major in college, so the history of the house and the history of fixing up an old Victorian was something we always wanted to do, something I've always wanted to do."
Then it happened. The paperwork was signed, sealed, and delivered. Now, the home is theirs and the work begins. Stratton says they have several ideas for the property, but the couple agrees their future won't be spent living in the house.
"This is still residential, but we think it's the ideal spot for something commercial. In my mind, I think it would be a fabulous restaurant," she explained.