From the Ground Up is a collection of funny stories about two generations of families that survived the ups and downs of the building and real estate industries in small town America in North Carolina for 60 years. All of the stories are true and humorous, and some also contain a little pain, a little suspense, and might even be a little naughty. The stories are both entertaining and informative, expanding the knowledge of anyone who owns and maintains a house. You will meet everyday heroes and craftsmen who contributed their considerable skills and talents to the building of America: the men and women who constructed the homes and sold the neighborhoods that became the towns and cities where Baby Boomers and their children participated in the American Dream of home ownership. This book is lovingly dedicated to the next generation.