Recently, HarperCollins Canada released Mike Holmes’ newest books titled, Make It Right: Kitchens And Bathrooms (Nov 2010) and Make It Right: Attics And Basements (Feb 2011). These books join his previous best-sellers and as the names imply, the books deal with renovating kitchens and bathrooms, and attics and basements.
First off, Attics and Basement starts with the basics. Mike, whose trademark phrase is “make it right,” urges the reader to “think about the long term” when planning a renovation. For example, will you have an aging relative live with you at some point? Then you may want to include a nanny suite in your reno. Mike also advises homeowners to pay attention to the other houses in the neighbourhood before embarking on an ambitious project, “so you don’t make the mistake of over-improving.”
From this point, Mike delves into issues like structure, building code requirements, water-proofing and plumbing, all the way to actually planning a reno and hiring a contractor.
The second book, Kitchens and Bathrooms, follows a similar pattern, again starting out with the basics. This includes things like budgeting and the importance of obtaining permits. Mike goes to great lengths to explain “the world behind the walls,” like electrical, plumbing and drainage.
He removes much of the mystery behind things like home heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The book includes several checklists which would come in handy for anyone planning a serious reno.
Anyone who is familiar with Mike Holmes knows he rarely encourages do-it-yourself work. These books are no exception. Mike explains the importance, in great deal, of hiring the right professional contractor to make your renovation dreams a reality.
Kitchens and Bathrooms and Attics and Basements are great companions to Holmes’ two HGTV show, Holmes on Homes and Holmes Inspection. They’re also essential reading for anyone contemplating, or in the middle of, significant home renovations. With Mike’s insights, you too can “Make it Right.”
This review was completed by Papa Bird who is usually the ‘lead contractor’ on our home projects.
Both of these books are available on Amazon.ca for $16.92 right now.
And if you are an app person, you guessed it — there’s an app for that. If you are planning a project, check out the Mike Holmes App on iTunes for $3.99 to help guide you in the right direction.
* I received a copy of these books for free to complete my review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine only and are in no way influenced by any outside factors.