In a world of extreme makeovers, this book is a thoughtful, adventure-filled, witty look at what the space we live in says about us, the pleasures of home renovation projects great and small, and how home renovation can change our lives. In Sheetrock & Shellac, David Owen recounts his renovation and home construction projects in small-town Connecticut - from catching the home improvement bug while watching workmen replacing a leaky roof to his first tentative foray into DIY (successfully building an enclosure for a bathroom radiator that had "turned into a sort of low-tech factory for converting splattered urine into odor and dust"). As his skill grows, so does his confidence: replacing a broken light switch turns into wiring an entire room, making bookcases is followed by building an office. Some of the more overly imaginative projects - for instance, an ambition to install sinks and hot and cold faucets in all the rooms of the house - never come to fruition but are amusingly recounted for other intrepid home designers.
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