Around the House David Owen

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Around the House  by  David Owen

Around the House by David Owen
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In the mid-1980s, New Yorker staff writer David Owen saw a 200-year-old Connecticut farmhouse and decided to buy it. When he took his wife back to see it, he couldnt find it at first- when he did find it, his wife hated it. They bought it anyway,MoreIn the mid-1980s, New Yorker staff writer David Owen saw a 200-year-old Connecticut farmhouse and decided to buy it.

When he took his wife back to see it, he couldnt find it at first- when he did find it, his wife hated it. They bought it anyway, probably because we believed that abandoning a house it had taken me a single morning to discover would be more complicated and inconvenient than living for the rest of our lives in a place we didnt like. Fortunately, as luck would have it, both the house and the town have turned out to be pretty much exactly right for us. Its certainly done wonders both for the naturally handy Owens repair skills and for his writing career- his first book, The Walls Around Us, was a delightfully chatty guide to real home repair for people with leaky roofs and carpenter ants.

Owen returns to a subject clearly close to his heart with Around the House: Reflections on Life Under a Roof. Musing on the necessity of learning by doing, he writes, The problem that most do-it-yourselfers face is how to acquire home-improvement skills without ruining the home they are trying to improve. Owens answer is self-apprenticeship--he learned how to build a porch by repairing his front steps, how to measure and cut rafters by building playground equipment, and practiced his roofing skills by building a house for his cat.

With a few more years of practice, he says, Ill be ready to approach my wife with an idea Ive been mulling over lately: dismantling our house down to the foundation and building a new one from scratch. These eloquently funny essays on everything from bathtubs to telecommuting are the perfect vicarious pleasure for would-be do-it-yourselfers, the smugly apartment-bound, or the terminally lazy.



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