Our Story





Our Story~ So lets go back to the fall of 2004.  In a quest to find new antique stores, we drove from Tinley Park to Manteno IL.  When we exited the highway in Manteno, I remember the way the trees lined the streets and how my heart jumped when i first saw this magnificent house!  It was so majestic in the way it towered above the trees.
Well, we did our shopping in town and when leaving, we drove past the house one more time thinking "how lucky to be the person who lives in that home!" A year pasted and we decided to sell our townhouse and own an older piece of history.  At this point, I had forgotten about our Manteno dreamhouse, so we started the search for other Victorian homes.  After months of no success, I found one!  The next day we were up at 8am on our way to Manteno.  As we got off the interstate, I couldn’t shake the feeling of Déjà vu.  I knew I had seen this same tree-lined street.  Then it hit me!   I looked at Dave and said “Dave, do you think it's “THE house?”  Then I saw it.  My heart stopped.  IT WAS THE HOUSE.... my perfect house... my perfect vision of Victorian Elegance! Five days later we had a contract on the house and the day after Christmas we moved in making this the best Christmas gift ever!!!

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didigordo said...

hi you dont know me but i knew dave a long time ago, and i just want to say that your house is beautiful. i have a really old house too and i know how much work it takes to get it to where you want it. congratulations and i wish the best for both of you.
diana gordon

Kathy Uthenwoldt said...

Shannon, So glad I finally looked at your website. You've done wonders with the house. I love older styles of homes. There's so much more character to them.

gblanch77@hotmail.com said...

Shannon and Dave. I'm so glad I met you today and am totally blown away to find out you live in and are restoring the McGraw House. Yes, I had to get on the blog right away and take a look! Amazing! Called my friend Maureen and gave her the website. She used to visit Mary frequently and I knew she'd be interested in seeing the updates. Talk to you soon. Gina Blanchette

Carol B.C. Honkanen said...

AMAZING!!!

Lauren said...

Lucky home to have you two loving her! So glad we met! Marcia n Ken Pinkston

Divine Theatre said...

I found you! I found you! We talked about that beautiful house all the way home!
I am so glad we met! I am your newest follower!

xo

Andie

Snapdragon571 said...

Hello- I came across your website doing genealogy on the Konczal's. I am trying to track down the entire tree (my Mom is a Konczal). Anyways- love the house. If your interested in helping me in my research (and I would be more then happy to share mine), contact me at twrobbel@hotmail.com.