'The urge to remodel is stronger than the sex drive.' That observation, by architect Gene Leedy, begins The Home Modernised (Jacqui Small, $375), a coffee-table book worthy of more than a glance. Unlike contractors who recommend renovations take place before home-owners move house, author Andrew Weaving suggests experiencing the space first to gain a basic understanding of light and other elements before decisions are made. For those who have lived in their home for a while, he suggests beginning with a clear-out then establishing storage needs. What's underfoot is crucial and Weaving says a new look can be achieved inexpensively and quickly by unifying floor coverings. Instead of a formal dining room, a luxury few can afford, he recommends a multi-purpose area in which the table can be used as a desk by day and a dining table by night. The Home Modernised is available at major bookstores.