A foul-mouthed newspaper editor scared Brian Pontolilo away from his first crack at journalism—a teenage reporter covering high school sports. Left with little ambition, his first attempt at college was equally short lived. But after a few years off and some time spent dabbling in the trades, including carpentry, masonry, and painting, Brian’s scorn faded and he eventually earned a degree in professional writing and got back into the newspaper business, before landing at Fine Homebuilding. Over the years his name has appeared in nine different positions on our masthead. Brian is now well-versed in new construction and remodeling; tools and materials; best practices in a variety of home building trades; and architecture and home design. Covering the housing industry in boom times and down-turns, Brian has gained first-hand insights into current housing trends, the challenges changes faced by builders, contractors, architects and homeowners, and how the home building industry continues to evolve. Brian left FHB in July 2018 to pursue new things, but he’s still part of our team as a freelance contributor.
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