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All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House

by David Giffels

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I confess to not having read the entire book but loved the beginning, great voice a fun read for the man of the house! ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
Buying a decrepit, falling down, Addams Family style mansion and renovating sounds amazing. Of course, I would not plan on doing the renovations myself, as being handy is a superhero power, in my opinion. David Giffels plans to do it all himself, or at least most of it, while living in it, with his wife and small son. Excellently told, I only wish that there were more pictures. ( )
  bookwormteri | Aug 15, 2012 |
Loved this book!
Giffels and his wife, for some reason, decide to buy a falling down mansion. This house is not just in bad shape - there are trees going through the roof, 50+ pans catching the rain water that pours in, resident wildlife is rampant, etc.
Why someone would want to take on such a challenge - and then INSIST on doing it themselves - is beyond me.
However, Giffels describes the journey with love and good humor, and it was a pleasure to read! ( )
  coolmama | Dec 24, 2008 |
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32-year-old David Giffels can’t get the Replacements’ song out his head (”…Look me in the eye, then tell me that I’m satisfied”) and it is affecting his house hunting. The young journalist, with his pregnant wife and their 18-month-old son, has been combing the suburbs for just the right house, but nothing seems right…until he sees a Guilded Era mansion previously owned by an Akron rubber baron. It has six fireplaces, servants’ quarters, a billiards room, stained glass windows, and a pond with waterfalls-and it’s a complete wreck. There are huge holes in the ceiling, a small colony of wild animals that has taken up residence in parts of the house, and what seems like miles of corroded-even dangerous-piping. It’s a dump…and it’s perfect. ALL THE WAY HOME follows the funny and sometimes frustrating journey of Giffels and his family as they put the old house back together. Their many adventures include nudging the elderly Mrs. Kratz, who has been hiding in the house with her cats for decades, to leave; battling the wisteria vines-to say nothing of the raccoons, squirrels, and mice-that have overtaken the attic; and even finding $14,000 in Depression-era cash hidden in a bathroom wall. It’s also the story of a young man on the brink of adulthood, someone happy but still a bit mystified by his new roles as a husband and a father, a man who’s trying to find himself without losing himself.

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Finding the perfect house is never easy. Rebuilding one from a crumbling pile--to say nothing of making it into a home--is even harder. With their infant son in tow, David Giffels and his wife comb the environs of Akron, Ohio, in search of just the right house. They spot a beautiful, decaying Gilded Age mansion--a former rubber industry executive's domain, the once grand residence lacks functional plumbing and electricity, leaks rain like a cartoon shack, and is infested with all manner of wildlife. But for a young man at a coming-of-age crossroads, the challenge is the allure. This book follows their funny, poignant, confounding, epic journey to turn a money pit into a house that will complete their family. But the story's heart lies deeper, in an unexpected series of personal hardships that call into question what "home" really means, and what it means to grow up.--From publisher description.… (more)

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