December 10, 2010 abbey Decay Is a Guy Thing? A Renovation That Preserves Decay? An industrial designer from Atlanta took an abandoned 20,000-square-foot building on the waterfront in Selma, Ala., and made into a home. (photo Robert Rausch for The New York Times) Ick….. I feel like I need a shower after seeing these pictures. If all you need to do is live in a rat hole to get a slide show in the NYT, I could buy some crack den cheap around here and "renovate" it. I would bet this guy is single?