Green Home Design Summer Reading List

(Welcome to Tara, a blogger trying out for a spot on the Re-Nest editorial team. Enjoy!)

Summer may be half way over but let's look at how much time is left to browse these fascinating reads! There are a lot of options out there but this is a good assortment of the new and old that are a must to have on one's list.

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1. Recycled Home by Mark and Sally Bailey ($19.77 on Amazon): Recycled Home has been available for a while now but we can’t help but put out a reminder to the fascinating wonders of this book. No matter how many times you flip through the inspiring images you will undoubtedly spark that creative side and have yet another project to add to your list. As well, don’t forget to stop by the Bailey’s website where you can purchase some of the items featured in the book.

2. More Not So Big Solutions for Your Home by Sarah Susanka ($15.61 on Amazon): Sarah Susanka has been providing fantastic resources for home remodels and small space solutions for a while now and we’re excited to see that there is a new book to browse. While a different format than her usual, this book is, as always, packed with interesting ideas on how to utilize the smallest and most awkward of spaces. The book is a compilation of the articles and illustrations that Sarah Susanka created for Inspired House Magazine.

3. World Changing: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century edited by Alex Steffen ($11.10 on Amazon): While World Changing is a sizeable book and covers many topics, there are sections dedicated to green remodeling, building a green home, and living well in a compact space. This book seeks to tackle a variety of world’s issues with discussion on potential solutions and is teamed with an interactive website for further discussion and information.

4. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan ($7.47 on Amazon): So while this doesn’t breach the realm of home design, we’re going to excuse it with the idea that it influences the stock and organization of your pantry and fridge—not to mention, Michael Pollan’s food research always opens the desire to have sourced all of one’s food from the backyard garden. Pollan’s previous work has been known to be tedious at times with the amount of information but this most recent book has a more simplified format. Sixty four topics presented and explained in two hundred and fifty six pages following three main sections: What Should I Eat, What Kind of Food Should I Eat, and How Should I Eat.

5. Urban Eco Chic: How to Create an Eco Friendly Home Without Compromising on Style by Oliver Heath ($14.94 on Amazon): Similar in format to Recycled Home, Urban Eco Chic addresses how sustainable design doesn’t have to compromise on style. It covers how to incorporate eco friendly products and what questions to ask, a resource section for reducing your home’s carbon footprint, a guide to sustainable building materials, and explanation on how to incorporate the materials in a space.

Thanks, Tara!