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