LYL PODCAST EPISODE 070: Renovations with Purpose with Monika Zasada

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People who work in the construction industry know that it takes a process to complete a project. However, it is amusing, and sometimes disappointing to see how such a cutthroat industry can afford to cut corners, leaving clients badly regretful. And with most of the year spent indoors, it has never been more crucial for people to have a space that gives them more than just a sense of security.

In this podcast, we welcome Monika Zasada as she shares with us the importance of having a comfortable home that stores your most prized possessions and the stories you’ve built there. We also discuss Monica’s roots which shaped her passion of bringing a home to life, the reality behind construction projects, managing expectations in renovations, and the joy of keeping a home that stores her beloved books.

If you’re looking to get a renovation for your home or if you want to know more about curating construction projects in general, this podcast is for you. Tune in now!


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•  The Robert Collier Letter Book by Robert Collier (Paid link:

•  Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (Paid link:

•  The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Paid link:

•  Moby Dick by Herman Melville (Paid link:

•  A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (Paid link:

What’s discussed in this Episode

[3:42] About a girl and her Polish home 

[5:45] From Poland to the Land of the Free 

[8:33] Bringing “castles” from books to people 

[9:11] Homes around the world from the curator’s eyes 

[10:27] A home is not a home if doesn’t make you feel safe 

[13:23] The flawed process of acquiring a home 

[14:24] You’re the curator—draw the strings 

[14:34] It’s never too early to talk about the money 

[15:40] Don’t cut corners—the client deserves the full picture 

[16:47] Bidding on crooked plans and crooked bidding on plans 

[17:26] The building industry’s uneven bidding field 

[18:32] Losing more on the lowest bidder 

[21:00] When you’re bidding for quality, you’re not bidding cheap 

[21:39] Building a sacred space 

[22:14] Let there be colour and light 

[26:52] Construction is a collaborative work 

[28:36] Curators direct the orchestra that is construction 

[30:57] How Monika’s childhood shaped her curating decisions 

[32:27] Defining quality to the client 

[36:47] The contracts you need with and for contractors 

[41:24] The importance of having a team with the same goal 

[42:27] Making a renovation project a good experience for all 

[44:06] Books offer thrills because of the ideas they allow one to explore 

[45:10] Watching the scenes—and tasting them 

[46:15] On American Literature 

[47:57] How our reading tastes evolve 

About the Guest

Leaving Poland, Monika Zasada landed in the United States about two decades ago, with $10.00 in her pocket, her MA in American Literature, and a dream. Monika credits her creativity and passion for construction projects to her Polish childhood home, which she describes as nothing more than just a space where her family was cramped together. She takes pride in having every amount spent accounted for and delivering quality renovations. Like a musical conductor, Monika will assemble, direct, and keep your project’s team of design professionals and crews accountable—or she will.

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Dr. Michelle Gordon

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