Barn House: Confessions of an Urban Rehabber

Barn House: Confessions of an Urban Rehabber

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by Ed Zotti
     
 

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A rollicking yarn about a home-improvement project that took a man and his family to hell and back.

In 1993, after Chicago lost many of its residents to the suburbs, Ed Zotti and his family gambled their future by fixing up a dilapidated Victorian home in a dicey neighborhood. Where most saw a shabby façade, the Zottis saw promise-even when it dragged

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A rollicking yarn about a home-improvement project that took a man and his family to hell and back.

In 1993, after Chicago lost many of its residents to the suburbs, Ed Zotti and his family gambled their future by fixing up a dilapidated Victorian home in a dicey neighborhood. Where most saw a shabby façade, the Zottis saw promise-even when it dragged and drained every resource. 'The Barn House' had a collapsed ceiling, wiring that shorted, and oak floors painted red, white, and blue. Unsettling discoveries included a box of .38 caliber bullets-with five missing-and the mere fact that the house was built on a bed of sand.

Alternately harrowing and hilarious, this is a classic account of one family's private urban renewal project, featuring burglars, irate neighbors, and a lively cast of workers. From its grim beginning to its unexpected outcome, The Barn House is the inspiring story of what it means to live (and totally rewire) the American Dream.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"If you are a do-it-yourselfer with a compulsion to fix up a house, this will be a fun read."
-Chicago Sun-Times

"It's the perfect book for armchair or would-be renovators."
-Booklist

"Enlightening. And entertaining. [Zotti's] humor brings to mind Dave Barry."
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451225573
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"If you are a do-it-yourselfer with a compulsion to fix up a house, this will be a fun read."
-Chicago Sun-Times

"It's the perfect book for armchair or would-be renovators."
-Booklist

"Enlightening. And entertaining. [Zotti's] humor brings to mind Dave Barry."
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Meet the Author

Ed Zotti is a longtime journalist and the editor of the syndicated "Straight Dope(r)" newspaper column by his pseudonym Cecil Adams. He has published six books.

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Barn House: Confessions of an Urban Rehabber 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your organization is very confusing. Do you want me to make the map? If so, I'll do after school. Bbl.))