Helpful Home Design Books

A Listmania! list by Ethan Andersen
The list author says: "In order to help my clients decide what their remodels should look like, I always recommend they start flipping through design books. It prepares them for my big question, "what do you want"? It really helps me, as their designer, when they come in to a design meeting armed with ideas. Books hit the table with dog eared pages, colorful Post-Its everywhere, and notes on the pages.

To help my clients find the right books (and so they don't dog-ear mine), I've created this list. I expect it could come in handy for many other homeowners as well. So if you're going to remodel anytime soon, take a peek!"
Creating the Not So Big House: Insights and Ideas for the New American Home (Susanka)
1.  Creating the Not So Big House: Insights and Ideas for the New American Home (Susanka) by Sarah Susanka
The list author says:
  "I love this book, as I've described in my blog (see post here http://bit.ly/fM81xN). Sarah does a wonderful job describing the concepts the designers have used to define space.

Don't be fooled by the title - it's not just for small houses!"
$19.05   Used & New from: $2.58
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

All New Kitchen Idea Book (Taunton Home Idea Books)
2.  All New Kitchen Idea Book (Taunton Home Idea Books) by Joanne Kellar Bouknight
The list author says:
  "This kitchen idea book isn't focused so much on any particular style, so there's lots of inspiration. Use it just to look for materials and paint colors, or really figure out how the kitchens function."
$7.98   Used & New from: $1.61
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Bungalow Style: Creating Classic Interiors in Your Arts and Crafts Home
3.  Bungalow Style: Creating Classic Interiors in Your Arts and Crafts Home by Treena Crochet
The list author says:
  "Arts and Crafts homes were built across the United States in the early 20th century. I like how this book breaks down Arts and Crafts into elements - each subsection discusses the elements of a home. We're free to pick and choose the elements for our projects as we wish."
$22.47   Used & New from: $14.29
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decorating with Ceramic Tile: Innovative Techniques & Patterns for Floors, Walls, Backsplashes & Accents (Black & Decker Complete Guide)
4.  Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decorating with Ceramic Tile: Innovative Techniques & Patterns for Floors, Walls, Backsplashes & Accents (Black & Decker Complete Guide) by Jerri Farris
The list author says:
  "Ignore that the publisher (Black & Decker) is just trying to sell tile saws - this is actually an elegant collection of tile. Some tile books have some garish, outdated looks, but this book keeps it clean and modern."
Used & New from: $2.43
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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What Your Contractor Can't Tell You: The Essential Guide to Building and Renovating
5.  What Your Contractor Can't Tell You: The Essential Guide to Building and Renovating by Amy Johnston
The list author says:
  "This is the only book on the list that isn't mostly pretty pictures. However, if you're new to the remodel world and want to assure you can control the budget, schedule, and quality of your project, read this."
$18.17   Used & New from: $12.47
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

Capes: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Build (Updating Classic America)
6.  Capes: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Build (Updating Classic America) by Jane Gitlin
The list author says:
  "Talk about a classic american style! Capes, or Cape Cod style homes are charmers. Many of my clients in California choose this style, as the typical ranch home can take on Cape stylistic elements."
$22.47   Used & New from: $0.81
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Greene & Greene
7.  Greene & Greene by Marvin Rand
The list author says:
  "Greene and Greene were amazing architects, who understood that their profession was really about craftsmanship. We may not be able to build like this today, but when undertaking a remodel, it's actually not so hard to incorporate some elements from this book."
Used & New from: $19.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Casa California: Spanish-Style Houses from Santa Barbara to San Clemente
8.  Casa California: Spanish-Style Houses from Santa Barbara to San Clemente by Elizabeth Jean McMillian
The list author says:
  "So many houses in California are built in a vague Spanish-Colonial style. If only the architects had looked at this book first. In Casa California, you'll find true, original villas from the colonial era. What builders often miss today are the courtyards, the fountains, and the tilework. If you love the Spanish style, take a peek at this book."
Used & New from: $22.62
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes
9.  Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes by Michelle Gringeri-Brown
The list author says:
  "Modernism - you either love it or you hate it. For those of us who love it, this book is great for getting you inspired by the concepts of Modernism. Very few home owners will ever go the distance with Modernism, but a few ideas from this book sprinkled through your environment can be refreshing!"
$25.69   Used & New from: $14.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Last updated: 2/16/11
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