The Second Home Book: The Can-Do, How-To, Get-Through Guide

Marylouise Oates, Author . St. Martin's/Griffin $14.95 (258p) ISBN 978-0-312-37474-7

Oates exercises her experience, her detail-oriented nature and a good dose of humor to confront the challenges of managing multiple homes at once. Aware that the purpose of most second homes is fun and relaxation, Oates stresses a casual and comfy approach to decorating, housekeeping and entertaining—without losing focus on the fact that running a home away from home takes a certain amount of undivided attention. Apart from the obvious must-dos, such as decorating, securing and managing utilities and implementing a system for closing up and caring for the home during off-season, she addresses the niggling things new or potential second-home owners might not have considered. For example, finding dependable craftsmen, a local hairstylist and a dog groomer can be difficult when you're away from the city or suburbs. Some of Oates's tips are gold—like how to keep a kitchen stocked so that you can immediately fix a decent meal upon arriving, or how to deal tactfully with people who want to “borrow” your vacation home while you're not there. All of this valuable information is presented in an easy-to-read, entertaining. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 01/21/2008
Release date: 02/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
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