House-Dreams: How One Man’s Vision Became a Family Home

January 3, 2012

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The ultimate do-it-yourself project? To build a house.

House-Dreams is the story of how an amateur builder and his novice apprentices turned an overgrown blackberry patch, ten truckloads of lumber, a keg of cut nails, and an antique staircase into a real home. It’s the story of a family — Hugh Howard, his wife, Betsy, and their two young daughters — and a community of new friends.

As Bob Vila said of it, “House-Dreams is probably the most warmhearted and engaging book about house building I’ve come across. Hugh Howard has done a terrific job of charting the builder’s journey while personalizing it for everyone.”