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Do-It-Yourself Family: Fun and Useful Home Projects the Whole Family Can Make Together Paperback – May 16, 2006
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About the Author
Eric studied theater at the University of Colorado, where he began work in construction to make ends meet. Upon graduation, Eric moved to Los Angeles, where he began remodeling houses. His eye for design and great craftsmanship captured the attention of celebrity clients like Mel Gibson, Elijah Wood, Dylan McDermott, among others. Eventually, Eric landed a role on the soap opera Santa Barbara, and his new career in front of the camera was born.
Eric is the father of two boys and a husband to an accomplished and busy woman. Following his own dad’s example, Eric brings his family closer together by engaging in building projects as a team.
Top Customer Reviews
The book offers projects organized by room.
The first section is about materials and tools, motivating family members and safety tips. Eric Stromer made me want to get a nailgun!
The projects are mostly woodwork and help you create many helpful shelving systems and containers for storage. There are also very neat ideas to get your children to LOVE their rooms and keep them decluttered.
Every project is very well described, explained step by step and there is plenty of room for your own adaptations and variations on the theme. It is really easy to follow. There is no time set as it's written to be done with kids, so a project could take several days or weeks if life gets busy.
Eric Stromer also offers short projects, called "under threes" to get something done under 3 h and within a tighter budget. It's a cool alternative to remotivate your team.
I would personnaly start with the last project in the book: the workbench. Then we want to do the big-kid headboard with the rope light and storage.
This book is a gem. I am not a big fan of tv people writting books just because, but this one is smart and inspiring. With a little imagination you can do almost anything. After a few projects you'll know to make all the basics, that you can combine according to your needs. We plan on getting this book. And a nail gun.