Reviews and Blog Posts: Home renovation

House : a memoir

by Michael Ruhlman

Reviewer Rating:
4

This wonderful book explores the notion of home as the author and his family renovate a century-old house in Cleveland.  Although his defense of sprawl overlooks the physical distinction between streetcar suburbs and automobile suburbs, this is a great read for those who love old houses.

The barn house : confessions of an urban rehabber

by Ed Zotti

Reviewer Rating:
5

With a new baby on the way, Zotti and his family defy convention and move into a dicey inner city Chicago neighborhood to renovate a dilapidated Victorian house at a time when everyone else is fleeing. Hilarious and informative, this restoration saga by the editor of The Straight Dope​ is filled...

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