The Barn House: Confessions of an Urban Rehabber

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The Barn House: Confessions of an Urban Rehabber

The Barn House: Confessions of an Urban Rehabber

  • Title: The Barn House: Confessions of an Urban Rehabber
  • Author: Ed Zotti
  • ISBN: 9780451225573
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Hardcover
The Barn House: Confessions of an Urban Rehabber By Ed Zotti,



A harrowing, hilarious memoir about fixing up an old house in the city and pursuing the urban version of the American Dream From the longtime editor of the Straight Dope In 1993, after people had fled Chicago for the suburbs than in any other city in America, Ed Zotti and his wife, Mary, chose not only to stay but to gamble their future fixing up a dilapidated VicA harrowing, hilarious memoir about fixing up an old house in the city and pursuing the urban version of the American Dream From the longtime editor of the Straight Dope In 1993, after people had fled Chicago for the suburbs than in any other city in America, Ed Zotti and his wife, Mary, chose not only to stay but to gamble their future fixing up a dilapidated Victorian home in a dicey neighborhood on Chicago s North Side Two doors up from a murder arson scene and across the alley from a former drive up drug mart, the Barn House as the Zottis unimpressed daughter dubbed it was a rehabber s nightmare Ed and his family had to contend not just with collapsed ceilings and shorted out wiring but burglars, gunshots, and the trumpet playing homeless guy in the basement But THE BARN HOUSE is than just the story of a home renovation project from hell Ultimately it s a celebration of cities, chronicling not just a house but a decaying town come back to life Along the way Ed offers some shrewd observations about gentrification, urban decline and revival, and what it means to be a city guy His book is timely and a great read and will appeal to anyone with a soft spot for old houses or old towns.


Recent Comments "The Barn House: Confessions of an Urban Rehabber"

Ed Zotti seems like the kind of person you would like to be stuck next to on a long ride on the el He has a wonderful sense of humor, a great love for Chicago, and a wide ranging curiosity about people, old houses, and city life This book tells the story of the nearly decade long process of buying a down on its luck house on the northside and rehabbing it with an odd cast of characters that somehow seem to capture the spirit of Chicago There are truly harrowing anecdotes of the challenges of reh [...]

For over 18 years I have been rehabbing my house, also in Chicago Taking it from a almost three apartment building back to a single family Queen Anne Ed Zotti has nailed the whole experience of this wonderful pastime I laughed, I cried, I went back to work on my crown molding.

I really enjoyed this book and learned quite a bit about rehabbing and the city of Chicago However, the author really annoyed me with his excessive use of footnotes some of them taking up 2 3 of a page and part of the next He also overused the to come or I ll get back to this topic tactic when he mentioned an idea or fact that he didn t really have time to elaborate on in that paragraph Sometimes he did that twice on the same page about 2 different subjects.

I couldn t finish this book I wanted a warm, funny and educational tale about the trials and tribulations of fixing up a historic home in Chicago and all I was getting was the author s opinion on what costitutes a city guy make no mistake the author is one and is far superior to the suburbanite types and how he belongs to the school of the right way Get over yourself.

The footnotes alone are well worth the price of admission

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Every Chicagoan should read this book Zotti accurately captures the landscape in which we reside, with entertaining narrative on renovation thrown in A great read.

The story of the rehab of a Chicago home Probably interesting if you live in Chicago and are interested in fixing up houses.

I nearly died laughing when reading the account of Mayor Janes s New Year s fireworks show.

Ed Zotti makes rehabbing a house in an urban environment sound like fun


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