Builder’s Apprentice: A Memoir

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From apprentice to master builder, this describes how uniquely high-end homes are built for select clients, a glimpse into the lives of the blue-collar workers, architects, engineers and clients that make these projects a reality and the pursuit of a personal calling in life.

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Author:Andrew Hoffman

In 1986, Andy Hoffman quit an engineering job, declined acceptances for graduate school at Harvard and Berkeley and accepted a carpenter’s job in Nantucket.

Unbeknownst to him, he had entered the world of high-end custom building. Within four years, he was supervising the construction of a 29,000 square-foot mansion on a 180-acre estate in Fairfield County Connecticut.

This is a book about his personal and professional growth along that journey, from apprentice to builder through the tutelage of a seasoned and hard-nosed builder. It describes how uniquely high-end homes are built for select clients, a glimpse into the lives of the blue-collar workers, architects, engineers and clients that come together to make these projects a reality.

At its core, this is a coming-of-age story, a celebration of the pursuit of creative impulses and a story about defying the rules and finding a personal calling in life.

 

  • Connecticut Book Award Winner, Best Memoir/Biography of the Year
  • Foreword Reviews Indiefab Book Award Finalist

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