Get inspired for a remodel | On the bookshelf

Perhaps no two rooms in a home work as hard as the kitchen and bathroom. We need them to be convenient and comfortable — and yet convey a look and feel that exhibit a personal style. Ideas in these books will help you balance function and appearance, and create rooms that work — for you.

Perhaps no two rooms in a home work as hard as the kitchen and bathroom. We need them to be convenient and comfortable — and yet convey a look and feel that exhibit a personal style. Ideas in these books will help you balance function and appearance, and create rooms that work — for you.

“Kitchens: Plan, Remodel, Build,” by the editors of Creative Homeowner (softcover, Green Edition of Planet Friendly Publishing, 2007, 272 pages, $21.95). As the book’s subtitle suggests, this is the “ultimate guide” to the kitchen. It serves up 70 projects and more than 700 photos and illustrations for the redesign of your cooking space. It will help you build “your dream kitchen,” say the people at Creative Homeowner, who have updated and expanded the volume from three previous editions.

“Beautiful Kitchens,” by the editors of Better Homes and Gardens (softcover, Wiley & Sons, 2010, 192 pages, $19.99). “Some of life’s most cherished moments happen in the kitchen,” say the editors of “Beautiful Kitchens.” “We long for a kitchen that’s wrapped in comfort and beauty, yet still delivers the expected functionality.” You’ll find that kind of kitchen here, in images and text.

“Kitchen Idea Book,” by Joanne Kellar Bouknight (softcover,Taunton Press, 2009, 218 pages; $19.95). More than 350 photographs “ignite your imagination,” while design ideas from kitchen professionals show readers how to bring those images to life in their homes. Cabinetry, lighting, countertops and your intended use of the space all are considered, says the publisher, as the author offers space-saving and money-saving options.

“Bathroom Ideas That Work: Creative design solutions for your home,” by Scott Gibson (softcover, Taunton Press, 2007, 218 pages, $19.95). “The bathroom you’ve always dreamed of starts here!” the publisher proclaims. Gibson, former editor at Fine Homebuilding and Fine Woodworking magazines, worked with architects, builders and bathroom designers to focus on one of the most frequently remodeled rooms in the home.

“Remodeling A Bathroom,” by Leon A. Frechette (softcover, Taunton Press, 2004, 170 pages, $19.95). Accepting the challenge of working in the tight space of a well-used room, the author provides not only design advice, but practical instructions on how to take out the old and put in the new to achieve a new beauty and style in your bathroom.