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Hugh Howard always dreamed of building such a house. When he and his wife, Betsy, learn that they're expecting their second child, Howard seizes the opportunity. It doesn't matter that his only formal training was working two summers as an ...
Hugh Howard always dreamed of building such a house. When he and his wife, Betsy, learn that they're expecting their second child, Howard seizes the opportunity. It doesn't matter that his only formal training was working two summers as an electrician's assistant when he was in college or that the two young men who help him - one a skilled hunter, the other a college student from Scotland - have little or no experience in building trades. Howard is determined to design and build a house with his own two hands, a house that combines a sense of history with all the comforts of modern amenities. He learns as he goes, taking the reader on engaging detours through history, architecture, and home design.
Fifteen months later and wildly over budget, Howard - having put in some four thousand hours - completes a home for his family: a fine twenty-five-hundred-square-foot Federal-style-house. Each piece has a story and old hardware store to the staircase from a nineteenth-century parsonage. And along the way, Howard builds a community of new friends - a third-generation mason who constructs a remarkable Russian heater; an eccentric Irish landscaper who creates and unusual garden design; and Charlie, whose ancestors helped establish the hamlet where Howard builds his home.
Full of good stories, bright ideas, and passion for architectural history, House-Dreams is a gratifying story about a man with a dream and the inclination to fulfill it - whatever it takes.
The Footprints (5)
Building the Box (30)
The Secondary Imagination (45)
The Matrix Materializes (68)
Oh Hearth and Home (92)
The Negative Moment (127)
A Winter's Work (145)
The Common Hours (172)
An Imagined Arcadia (195)
Of Columns and Completion (218)
The Race to the Finish (244)
The First Christmas (274)
The World As We Would Have It (286)
FLOOR AND FRAMING PLANS (299)
NOTES AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (301)