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Table Of Contents

The Footprint
Building the Box
The Secondary Imagination
The Matrix Materializes
Of Hearth and Home
The Negative Moment
A Winter’s Work
The Common Hours
An Imagined Arcadia
Of Columns and Completion
The Race to the Finish
The First Christmas
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House-Dreams

House-Dreams

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Imagine a house built and tailored to your every need and personal taste. Hugh Howard dreamed of such a house, and when he and his wife, Betsy, learn that they're expecting their second child, he seizes the opportunity to build a home for their growing family. Fifteen months later and just in time for the winter holidays, Howard, exhausted and wildly over his budget, completes their home-a fine 2,500-square-foot Federal-style house. And each piece has a story, from the cut nails that come from Howard's old elementary school janitor to the staircase that comes from a parsonage built just after the Civil War. Howard discovers that all his planning and hard work earn him a house, yes, but he also gains a community of new friends-the people who help him along the way. There's Charlie, whose ancestors helped establish the upstate New York hamlet where they build the house; Ralph, a third-generation mason, who constructs a remarkable Russian heater; and Robbie, an eccentric Irish landscaper who has his own peculiar way of designing a garden. HOUSE-DREAMS is for readers who spend weekends improving their houses, hardware store die-hards, and the millions who regularly tune in to the Home Garden Network and PBS's This Old House.
Imagine a house built and tailored to your every need and personal taste. Hugh Howard dreamed of such a house, and when he and his wife, Betsy, learn that they're expecting their second child, he seizes the opportunity to build a home for their growing family. Fifteen months later and just in time for the winter holidays, Howard, exhausted and wildly over his budget, completes their home-a fine 2,500-square-foot Federal-style house. And each piece has a story, from the cut nails that come from Howard's old elementary school janitor to the staircase that comes from a parsonage built just after the Civil War. Howard discovers that all his planning and hard work earn him a house, yes, but he also gains a community of new friends-the people who help him along the way. There's Charlie, whose ancestors helped establish the upstate New York hamlet where they build the house; Ralph, a third-generation mason, who constructs a remarkable Russian heater; and Robbie, an eccentric Irish landscaper who has his own peculiar way of designing a garden. HOUSE-DREAMS is for readers who spend weekends improving their houses, hardware store die-hards, and the millions who regularly tune in to the Home Garden Network and PBS's This Old House.

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With no training in construction but an understanding of the principles of architecture, Howard (The Preservationist's Progress) designed and built a house in a town two hours north of New York City. Gleaning much of his information from the writings of the first century B.C. Roman architect Vitruvius and the 16th-century Italian architect Palladio, Howard managed to do everything himself, except for the foundation and the masonry and to get it done in the year and a half between August 1993 and December 1994. The book guides readers through the entire process, from framing to cabinetry. His design incorporates Palladian proportions, as well as details that capture the spirit of 19th-century American architecture. To accomplish the latter, he uses 100-year-old nails, antique doors, window glass and moldings, and a staircase from an abandoned 1870s parsonage. Howard, who was recently featured on Oprah as part of her "Remembering Your Spirit" segment, found great satisfaction in obtaining these materials, and he succeeds in conveying such pleasures, along with the anxiety he suffered as costs mounted. Howard was forced to sell his old home and then rush to finish the new house so his family would have a place to live. (Lively depictions of his family, his neighbors and other helpful players keep the narrative moving throughout.) This absorbing book should appeal to readers who dream of building their own houses, but also to those who have less lofty ambitions. Small b&w photos not seen by PW. Agent, Dominick Abel. (June 8) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

2001-05-07, Publishers Weekly
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With no training in construction but an understanding of the principles of architecture, Howard (The Preservationist's Progress) designed and built a house in a town two hours north of New York City. Gleaning much of his information from the writings of the first century B.C. Roman architect Vitruvius and the 16th-century Italian architect Palladio, Howard managed to do everything himself, except for the foundation and the masonry and to get it done in the year and a half between August 1993 and December 1994. The book guides readers through the entire process, from framing to cabinetry. His design incorporates Palladian proportions, as well as details that capture the spirit of 19th-century American architecture. To accomplish the latter, he uses 100-year-old nails, antique doors, window glass and moldings, and a staircase from an abandoned 1870s parsonage. Howard, who was recently featured on Oprah as part of her "Remembering Your Spirit" segment, found great satisfaction in obtaining these materials, and he succeeds in conveying such pleasures, along with the anxiety he suffered as costs mounted. Howard was forced to sell his old home and then rush to finish the new house so his family would have a place to live. (Lively depictions of his family, his neighbors and other helpful players keep the narrative moving throughout.) This absorbing book should appeal to readers who dream of building their own houses, but also to those who have less lofty ambitions. Small b&w photos not seen by PW. Agent, Dominick Abel. (June 8) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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