Remodel: Without Going Bonkers or Broke by Jim Mollinelli

The very idea of remodeling your home can be scary and intimidating.
But… Remodel! Without Going Bonkers or Broke will help you to:
Get properly prepared to remodel
Take control of your project (and maintain it)
Define the ideal project – one that meets all your needs
Identify, Interview & Select the ideal type of remodeler for your project
Negotiate your best deal (save thousands)
Get results you are PROUD to SHOW OFF and ENJOY!

Why we like this

Jim came on our podcast and was an absolute blast, the man certainly knows what he is talking about. Download this book and you will be blown away with the amount of knowledge you will gain on home remodelling.


A Visual Dictionary of Architecture 2nd Edition

An essential one-volume reference of architectural topics using Francis D.K. Ching’s signature presentation. It is the only dictionary that provides concise, accurate definitions illustrated with finely detailed, hand-rendered drawings. From Arch to Wood, every concept, technology, material and detail important to architects and designers are presented in Ching’s unique style.

Combining text and drawing, each term is given a minimum double-page spread on large format trim size, so that the term can be comprehensively explored, graphically showing relations between concepts and sub-terms

A comprehensive index permits the reader to locate any important word in the text.

This long-awaited revision brings the latest concepts and technology of 21st century architecture, design and construction to this classic reference work

It is sure to be by the side of and used by any serious architect or designer, students of architecture, interior designers, and those in construction.

Why we like this

“Every single part, detail, and shape has a name.  Know what all the different parts of your home are called and be able to understand all the specialized terms that the building industry uses.”


Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, and Meaning 3rd Edition

Why we like this

“We would be amiss to not include at least on history book on our list.  This particular volume has both beautiful photos and illustrations.  While not immediately applicable to a DIY project, this book is a gives us a condensed overview of the history of architectural thought and helps us understand the cities and the built environments that we live in.


The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes (Monocle Book Collection) Hardcover – September 1, 2015

This Monocle book tells us how to turn a house into a home. Both a practical guide and a great source of inspiration, The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes presents the interiors, furniture, and locations you need to know about along with portraits of the people who can make it happen. The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes celebrates the durable and the meaningful through a collection of homes that tell a story. Most architecture and interior books show houses polished to perfection, manicured to the extent that it is hard to imagine anybody acually lives there: they seem to miss the point that homes are meant to be inhabited. They should be able to take the scuffs and knocks and to be part of a community, whether in a Chicago skyscraper or on Australia’s sunshine coast. So where are the best places to make a home? What are the villages, coastlines, mountains, towns, and cities that would make you want to settle down? The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes answers those questions with a global photographic survey of a wide variety of homes. Whether the focus is on a remote residence in the Swedish archipelago or a lush abode in Rio de Janeiro, or on the difference between residing in Tokyo and Toronto, this book is the perfect balance between the inspirational and the practical. The book is a survey of everything you need to know to build the residence of your dreams, providing insight into the best neighborhoods, architects, and makers all over the world. From design-store owners to green-roof gardeners, The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes introduces you to interesting people with ideas that are built to last. Monocle’s signature illustrations punctuate the book’s rich and detailed content. Through striking photography, The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes also gives you a glimpse into the lives that unfold in these apartments, villas, and cottages, showing that these homes are alive and that this is precisely what makes them special. This is a book that should be referred to again and again–it is a book about the quality of life.

Why we like this

“Sometimes we need a dose of inspiration, and this book never fails to deliver!  We love how this books showcases the well-lived in homes of creative from all over the world.”


The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden Hardcover – July 1, 2014

Many gardeners today want a home landscape that nourishes and fosters wildlife. But they also want beauty, a space for the kids to play, privacy, and maybe even a vegetable patch. Sure, it’s a tall order, but The Living Landscape shows how to do it. By combining the insights of two outstanding authors, it offers a model that anyone can follow. Inspired by its examples, you’ll learn the strategies for making and maintaining a diverse, layered landscape—one that offers beauty on many levels, provides outdoor rooms and turf areas for children and pets, incorporates fragrance and edible plants, and provides cover, shelter, and sustenance for wildlife. Richly illustrated with superb photographs and informed by both a keen eye for design and an understanding of how healthy ecologies work, The Living Landscape will enable you to create a garden that is full of life and that fulfills both human needs and the needs of wildlife communities.

Why we like this

Why we love it: “Too often, landscape design and planning is not given the time and consideration that it deserves.  This excellent books walks us thru all the different layers that make up a garden and how they all come together to make a beautiful outdoor space.”


Interior Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from America’s Finest Designers on the Art of Decoration Hardcover – October 11, 2016

With one hundred essays from one hundred interior designers, spanning stylistic genres from classic to modern, on subjects as varied as “Collecting,” “White,” “Portals,” and “Layering”, this book highlights the knowledge, experience, expertise, insight, and work of established design legends, as well as members of the new guard, spanning over four decades of work. Unique in the quality of its contributors, this book will be a landmark publication in the field, helpful and inspirational for the home decorator, as well as students of design and design professionals. Poised to become the essential book on design, Interior Design Master Class collects the expertise and knowledge of the best interior designers working today. Opening Interior Design Master Class is like sitting down to the best dinner party you’ve ever attended. A classic in the making, the book features one hundred essays by America’s top designers—from established design legends to members of the new guard—that explore in detail the process of designing a home, from the fundamentals to the finishing touches. Grouped by theme, the subjects range from practical considerations (Bunny Williams on “Comfort,” Etienne Coffinier and Ed Ku on “Floor Plans”) and details (Victoria Hagan on “Light,” Rose Tarlow on “Books”) to inspiration (Jeffrey Bilhuber on “America” and Charlotte Moss on “Couture”) and style (Kelly Wearstler on “Glamour,” Thomas O’Brien on “Vintage Modern”). Each piece is paired with images of the designer’s work to illustrate the principles being discussed, annotated with informative captions.Unique in the quality of its contributors, this is a book that readers will refer to again and again for advice and inspiration, an invaluable resource for practical tips and thought-provoking design.

Select Contributors and their Topics:

Vicente Wolf on Teachers; Barry Dixon on Relationships; Barbara Barry on Awareness; Amanda Nisbet on Intuition; Madeline Stuart on Trends; Suzanne Tucker on Archaeology; Bobby McAlpine on Intimacy; Stephen Sills on Aspirations; Mark Cunningham on Symmetry; Richard Mishaan on Portals; Campion Platt on Proportion; Cindy Smith and Jane Schwab on Editing; Juan Montoya on Scale; Amy Lau on Commissions; Suzanne Kasler on Style; Thomas O’Brien on Vintage Modern; Alan Wanzenberg on Modernity; Alexa Hampton on Tradition; Kelly Wearstler on Glamour; Anthony Baratta on Exuberance; Tom Scheerer on Luxury; Suzanne Rheinstein on Nuance; Timothy Corrigan on Welcoming Spaces; Bunny Williams on Comfort; Miles Redd on Reinvention; Martyn Lawrence Bullard on Sex; Mario Buatta on Color; Darryl Carter on White; Alessandra Branca on Red; Alex Papachristidis on Layering; Victoria Hagan on Light; Thad Hayes on Quality; Kathryn Ireland on Textiles; Windsor Smith on Communication; Nancy Braithwaite on Collecting; Kathryn Scott on Patina; Timothy Whealon on Antiques; Rose Tarlow on Books; Thomas Jayne on Provenance; Emily Summers on Sourcing Furniture; Thomas Pheasant on Inspiration; Sandra Nunnerley on Jazz; Penny Drue Baird on Paris; Jeffrey Bilhuber on America; Robert Couturier on Fashion; Ann Pyne on Poetry; Alan Tanksley on Destinations; Charlotte Moss on Couture

Why we like this

Why we love it: “Sometimes you want to start on the inside and work your way out.  This look is a lovely collection of essays from world renowned designers, letting us get a glimpse into their thought process and experience.”

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Building Code Basics, Residential: Based on the 2012 International Residential Code (International Code Council Series) 3rd Edition

Why we like this

Why we love it: “A short, well illustrated primer on all the major codes that affect residential construction.  With super helpful diagrams and a well organized index to help you find just the right piece of information, this book should help you save time and money by making sure your next home renovation project is up to code from the start.”


Get your house right

Sick of McMansions? Marianne Cusato, creator of the award-winning Katrina Cottages, is a champion of traditional architectural principles: structural common sense, aesthetics of form, appropriateness to a neighborhood, and sustainability. She presents the definitive guide to what makes houses look and feel right, revealing the dos and don’ts of livable home design. Hundreds of elegant line drawings–rendering the varieties of architectural features and displaying “avoid” and “use” versions of the same elements side by side–make this an indispensable resource for designing and building a timelessly beautiful home.

Why we like this

Why we love it: “If you are thinking of renovating or adding onto an existing historic or period home, this book is an invaluable step-by-step introduction to all the details found on traditional homes.  Even if you want to do a modern addition or extension, this book will help you see historic homes in a new light, showing you what separates true period details from the run-of-the-mill details often found in modern construction.”


A Field Guide to American Houses

Now in paperback: the fully expanded, updated, and freshly designed second edition of the most comprehensive and widely acclaimed guide to domestic architecture: in print since its original publication in 1984, and acknowledged everywhere as the unmatched, essential guide to American houses.

Why we like this

Why we love it: “This book gives us such a great and accurate overview of all the different styles of homes out there.  Packed with information and great photos, it’s definitely a must-have for any home & property lover!”


“The Mix” Cook book by Liora Bels

Living a balanced way of life is about the combination of eating whole, delicious foods that are nourishing and energizing, taking care of yourself and others, and about the sustainable coexistence of people and nature. Conscious living is holistic. Liora Bels philosophy as a specialist on healthy eating and wholesome living revolves around the positive effects nutrition can have on body and soul and the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Mix offers vibrant, simple, and healthy everyday meals, that are rich in wholesome, natural, fresh ingredients and easy to make. Eating well must not be stressful, but rather a celebration of the goods nature has to offer. You will find scrumptious smoothies, nutritious spreads and dips, tasty soups, bowls, and even sweets and treats. Beautiful imagery allows a glimpse into a holistic lifestyle and Liora s inspiring sense for aesthetics. The Mix is a treat for eyes and taste buds and not exclusively for the health-conscious reader.

Why we like this

I have this book and it truly makes you want to cook more healthy, the presentation is fantastic. Liora came on the podcast and discussed all about the important of having a good condition and why it’s so important to cook from home. Listen to it here.