The Barn House

The Barn House

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A rollicking yarn about a home-improvement project that took a man and his family to hell and back. In 1993, after Chicago lost many of its residents to the suburbs, Ed Zotti and his family gambled their future by fixing up a dilapidated Victorian home in a dicey neighborhood. Where most saw a shabby faAsade, the Zottis saw promise?even when it dragged and drained every resource. ?The Barn House? had a collapsed ceiling, wiring that shorted, and oak floors painted red, white, and blue. Unsettling discoveries included a box of .38 caliber bullets?with five missing?and the mere fact that the house was built on a bed of sand. Alternately harrowing and hilarious, this is a classic account of one family?s private urban renewal project, featuring burglars, irate neighbors, and a lively cast of workers. From its grim beginning to its unexpected outcome, The Barn House is the inspiring story of what it means to live (and totally rewire) the American Dream.It was a perspective drawing of the reconstructed Barn House, done in pen and ink. ... To see Charlie render a wiring schematica€”and I know, because I was the author of the scribbled originala€”was to see a grocery list transformed into art, anbsp;...

Title:The Barn House
Author:Ed Zotti
Publisher:Penguin - 2008-09-02


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