From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story [NOOK Book]

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Ron and Jill—his girlfriend of six months—discovered the house of their dreams in 2000: a landmark Baltimore brownstone that had belonged to a notorious fraternity. It was condemned property, had sat abandoned for nearly a year, and was such a wreck that no one would buy it. But Jill wanted the house and Ron wanted Jill. So he bought the 4500-square-foot ruin. Neither he nor Jill knew anything about house repair or renovation. The bank gave them six months to get the house up to code. The neighborhood historians ...
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From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story

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Overview

Ron and Jill—his girlfriend of six months—discovered the house of their dreams in 2000: a landmark Baltimore brownstone that had belonged to a notorious fraternity. It was condemned property, had sat abandoned for nearly a year, and was such a wreck that no one would buy it. But Jill wanted the house and Ron wanted Jill. So he bought the 4500-square-foot ruin. Neither he nor Jill knew anything about house repair or renovation. The bank gave them six months to get the house up to code. The neighborhood historians told them flatly, “You’ll never bring that house back.” Ron’s realtor said, “This house will eat you alive.” Ron’s mother said, “Why do you always do things the hard way?” Impulsive and quixotic—and with two marriages behind him—Ron inspired little confidence. His life had been a series of mistakes and wrong turns. He recognized that taking on this wrecked frat house could be the biggest mistake of his life and he wondered if this time, in what seemed his final reach for love, he had reached too far. As soon as he and Jill started working on the house, they were at odds every day and it became clear to them both that the project would very likely ruin them financially and emotionally. Panicked, flirting with bankruptcy, and barreling through disasters, they had to learn how to live, love, and work together—and succeed against seemingly insurmountable odds. A book for lovers, dreamers, do-it-yourselfers, and fans of old houses, From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story recounts Ron and Jill’s adventure, offering inspiration, insight, and hilarity as they hammer away at the American Dream of home ownership and true love. In 2008, This Old House magazine published a feature story about Ron and Jill’s work. The online version of this story drew more than 400,000 readers to the magazine’s website.
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“Armed with a tight deadline and a small budget and without mechanical expertise or clear plan, Tanner and his new girlfriend undertook a renovation project that would frighten away most contractors. The nuts and bolts of the project are detailed lovingly here—in words and hand-drawn illustrations—as well as the pair’s evolution from dating renovators into married homeowners.” —Therese Nielsen, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897336833
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 287
  • Sales rank: 1,125,353
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

RON TANNER teaches writing at Loyola University in Baltimore and directs the Marshall Islands Story Project (mistories.org). He is the author of two books: Kiss Me, Stranger and Bed of Nails, which won both the G.S. Sharat Chandra Award and the Towson Prize for Literature. He has won many other literary prizes as well, including a Faulkner Society gold medal, a Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, and a Pushcart Prize.

Tanner lives in the big Baltimore brownstone featured in this memoir with his wife, Jill, and their many pets. Their website, Houselove.org, is dedicated to the love and care of old houses."
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Table of Contents

Reviews/From Animal House to Our House/Copyright Page/Acknowledgements/The Mystery House/Shipwreck/This Place Will Eat You Alive/Falling for Jill/A Horse of a Different Color/Careful What You Wish For/What Was and Was Not Here/Cleaning House/Dumpsters/Sub-Contractors/Love in the House/Some Things I Didn't Know/Jill's Way/Jill Moves In/Our First Summer/American Dreamer/Failure/Christmas Comes But Once A Year/Leveraging/Lead Heavy/The Toxic House/The Young Couple/The French Drain/The Man on the Scooter/Trimming Sails/Deck the Halls/The House As Habitat/Bells Are Ringing/Epilogue
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