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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.


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Schlüter ® -DITRA Entkopplungsmatte Abdichtungsbahn 25 (1X1 Metre)

Schlüter-DITRA 25 is a polyethylene membrane with a grid structure of square cavities, each cut back in a dovetail configuration and an anchoring fleece laminated to its underside. Designed for tile and natural stone installations, Schlüter-DITRA 25 serves as a waterproofing membrane, a vapour pressure equalisation layer to accommodate moisture occurring at the underside of the substrate and an uncoupling layer for problematic substrates.

Why we like this

This product is amazing, James used it on his projects to prevent his tiled floors from cracking. It’s perfect just as an extra precautionary method but should always be used if you have movement in your sub floor. If you are installing a bathroom on a timber floor then this will really help you, combined with flexible adhesive and flexible grout.


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Quadcut PRO Range Multi Kit Square Hole Cutter

The ultimate in electrical box sinking tools, the NEW Quadcut PRO Range really is the elite when it comes to sinking electrical back boxes. The fastest way to fit electrical socket boxes on the market today. No more hammer and chisel!!!! To be used with Sds plus drilling machines. Will cut through a range of masonry from soft thermalites to the hardest blue engineering bricks. Over a year in the design and development stage. We are proud and confident to unveil the next generation in electrical box sinking. The NEW Round Cutter has been designed with a unique carbide tip configuration, covering four cutting edges. This will offer the smoothest and most efficient cutting action available. The NEW Box Cutters will offer the fastest penetration rates in all applications. They are also musch lighter than the old design which will enable more power from the drilling machine to the cutting edges. THe secret to the cutter being the fastest on the market is the power to weight ratio. Just like a high performance car. These cutters really are the F1 cars of the box sinking world!!!

Why we like this

This tool is perfect for any DIYer looking to make what can be hard tiresome work, easy. Used by one of our guests and endorsed on this Youtube channel we could not be more comfortable that this can work for you.


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Bienfang 50 YDS by 12IN wide Sketching and Tracing Paper Roll. (340134)

50 Yard by 12-inch Roll White Sketching & Tracing Paper

Lightweight (8lb), fine surface paper with superior transparency

Great for quick sketches and overlays

Ideal for use with pencil, inks and markers

Why we like this

For when you need to get analog in your design process.  Rolls of trace are inexpensive and lets you quickly iterate ideas to find the best design solution.



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Bosch Compact Laser Distance Measure, 120-Feet GLM 35

ACCURACY: Features long-range measuring with extreme accuracy and measures distances up to 120-feet to within 1/16-inch. as well as area, length, volume, continuous measurement and addition/subtraction

EASY TO USE: Simple, one-button operation – press button once to begin measuring. The GLM 35 is compact and small enough to fit in any pocket

LIVE MEASURING: Provides default real-time measurement that adjusts as you move closer and farther from target, just like a tape measure

DISPLAY: Features a backlit display that allows measurements to be easily read, even in dark areas

PRECISION: The GLM 35’s Bosch laser technology allows users to be more productive with greater jobsite accuracy and precision

Class IIa laser product, <1mW power output

Why we like this

This is what I use . It’s a good “budget” version. Juliette


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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.”


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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.


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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.”


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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.”


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Interior Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from America’s Finest Designers on the Art of DecorationHardcover – 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.”