Asheville, NC - January 29, 2008 -Ever try to build a house with the person you love? It's not as dreamy as you might think. Alice and Jared Massanari undertook this task 2 years ago. After several decades of marriage and dual careers as therapists, the Massanaris were amazed at the number of issues and irritations that arose while building a house together.
Their experience was the inspiration for a guide for other couples who are building together and watching their relationship suffer. Building a House Together: A Couple's Guide to Managing Their Relationship During the Construction Process addresses the issues that make homebuilding difficult for couples and offers tools and solutions for couples to make unified decisions.
Part Homebuilding 101, part couple's coaching, Building a House Together is the perfect holiday gift for newlyweds, couples thinking of building a home, or couples who are renovating or remodeling.
"This is one of those rare and inspired books that make the daunting undertaking of a couple building a home together without demolishing their relationship seem really do-able. This is a must-read for all couples who even have a glint in their eye for building a home together," Cheri Brackett, MA, LPC.
The soft cover workbook is 36 pages long, with short worksheets and activities for couples to work on together to improve their communication, appreciate their differences, and actually enjoy building their dream home together.
"When we started building our house together we knew there would be certain stressors - budget issues, deadlines, hurried decisions, and the discovery of "problems" at the job site itself. What we didn't expect was how much work we would have to do to "manage" our relationship during the construction process. We decided to share with other couples the best of what we learned about how to make efficient use of our "relationship energy" to complete a project that truly reflects both of us." Alice Massanari, from Building a House Together.
The workbook retails for $16.95 and is available at http://www.buildingahousetogether.com/.