​Moving house, literally

How do you move a house? 05:13

During the summer months, more Americans will be on the move from old homes to new ones than during any other season. In another category entirely, Vinita Nair tells us, are those who TAKE their old homes WITH them:

At the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark., they're putting the pieces of a giant puzzle together again.

Scott Eccleston is the man in charge: "This is a home that, if you grew up in northwest Arkansas or the Midwest, this is the house that you would have built. And so it was a house for all."

This 1,700-square-foot "house for all" was designed in 1954 by Frank Lloyd Wright. It used to sit 1,200 miles away, in Millstone, New Jersey.

It was owned by architects Sharon and Lawrence Tarantino. After years of watching flood waters threaten their beloved home, they asked the museum to help save it.

Every detail was documented. Then the home was methodically dismantled and packed into two shipping containers.

"The next time that I saw this house -- you want to talk about your heart beating -- it was in millions of pieces," said Eccleston. "A house that was so majestic and 3D was all one level, wrapped in plastic, ready to be put back together."

"So you couldn't even tell what was what?" asked Nair.

"No, you couldn't. I mean, that moment, you're thinking, 'Oh my gosh, what have I done? Can we do this?'"

Every year an estimated 40,000 home owners decide to "do this" -- move a home from one location to another.

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It usually costs between $15,000 to $45,000 to complete, and takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

Though there are always exceptions. It took Scott and Kelly Bradley ten years to move theirs.

The Bradleys bought their West Lake, Texas, home with 130 acres of land back in 1977. It was designed by noted architect Charles Dilbeck for Dallas newspaper publisher Ted Dealey.

Then, in 1998, the Bradleys sold the land, but wanted to keep their house. Preservation architect Nancy McCoy devised a plan to move it. "I really didn't think this was going to be a good candidate for a move," said McCoy. "It's almost the length of a football field. So you immediately know it's not going to be moved in one big piece."