A home of my own

A Carpenter's Life as Told by Houses
A Carpenter's Life as Told by Houses By Haun, Larry Book - 2011 694 H373c 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Larry Haun's a cool guy and this is a cool book. He's been a carpenter and builder for decades and this book chronicles much of his life in house building. Black and white photographs.

Sugarhouse A Memoir By Batt, Matthew C. Book - 2012 818.603 B3351s 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:What happens when a young couple decides to catapult themselves into adulthood through the purchase of a dilapidated former crack house, which they manage to turn into a home, against all odds and with no experience?

A Place of My Own
A Place of My Own The Architecture of Daydreams By Pollan, Michael Book - 2008 690.837 P771p 2008 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:The intelligent and often hilarious story of Pollan's realization of a room of his own, "shelter for daydreams"--built with his admittedly unhandy hands. .

Cottage for Sale--must Be Moved
Cottage for Sale--must Be Moved A Woman Moves A House to Make A Home By Whouley, Kate Book - 2004 690.837 W628c 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:It seemed like a great idea, and it's re-purposing an already existing structure. How hard could it be? Buy the tiny cottage, have it moved, and attach it to the house. No big deal, right?

The Big House
The Big House A Century in the Life of An American Summer Home By Colt, George Howe Book - 2003 B-Co72c 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:I love Cape Cod and as a kid and teen I often dreamed of living there once I was grown. But it's not all about the Cape. It's about the house, the home, and the family that loved it and grew in it for generations. But what happens when a summer home becomes more than one family can handle?

Red House
Red House Being A Mostly Accurate Account of New England's Oldest Continuously Lived-in House By Messer, Sarah Book - 2004 974.482 M584r 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:It'd be so cool to live in a beautifully preserved colonial home. Would you feel the same if you found the original owner's last will and testament stating that the house was to be passed down "forever ....to the world's end, never to be sold or mortgaged from my children and grandchildren forever,"? History can be so complicating.

House By Kidder, Tracy Book - 1999 690.837 K46h Available in some locations

Annotation:How I love Tracy Kidder's beautiful writing. This was the book that made me think, way long ago, that maybe someday I could own a home. Delicious.

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Once in a while I fantasize about finding a sweet little house with a front porch where I can put a nice bench. There’s a big yard with a swing set and too tall grass and a place to plant impatiens and geraniums and tomatoes. These books are my inspiration that some day I'll find my perfect home.

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