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!"
"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."
"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."
"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 Some tile books have some garish, outdated looks, but this book keeps it clean and modern."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"