The 10 Best Renovation Websites For Living Out Your Dream Home Fantasies
The 10 Best Renovation Websites For Living Out Your Dream
Any HGTV viewer knows that renovating is far easier said than done. That doesn't stop any of us
from mentally making a few changes to our homes -- whether we own them or not -- even though we
don't intend to hire a contractor anytime soon. Or, perhaps a renovation is actually within reach, but
you're not pleased with the generic inspiration found at your local home superstore. No matter
which camp you're in, you're bound to love these 10 websites that are for anyone who has ever
looked at a wall...and thought about moving it.
Retro Renovation (Check it out in the video above!)
Best for: Anyone who doesn't think of a 1960s living room as a bad thing. Whether you're looking for
resources for restoring your old home, adding retro flair to a newer place or just looking for the best
midcentury inspired sofa, this is your heaven. I visit it daily.
Best for: Actually committing to the whole renovation thing. Here, you can easily find professionals
in your area and look over their best work.
Best for: Getting inspired to make changes big (overhauled kitchen) to small (paint color ideas) --
and seeing how hundreds of other people have done those very things.
Best for: Plotting your new, high-end dream home. Though the site has broadened its mission away
from simply providing remodeling ideas (who would of thought?), you can still find great images
waiting to be added to your "Dream Life" pinboard.
Best for: Finding practical advice and finding projects by budget. The network that brought you
multiple Vanilla Ice-pegged reality shows has an exhaustive website that borders on overwhelming
at times -- but they know their stuff.
This Old House
Best for: Fantasizing about a simpler, self-reliant life in a meticulously restored Victorian that was
once nearly uninhabitable. It's specific, but you know what we mean. We imagine the editors finding
their bliss at salvage yards, or trading recommendations about screwdrivers all while turning an old
found door into a stately table. And we look up to them for that.
Best for: Imagining an impeccably tasteful life filled with ridiculously functional (but incredibly
designed) surroundings, alongside men with architectural glasses and women with indie-chic short
Best for: Seeing how a real family renovated (and continues to renovate) on a tight budget. While the
blog can be a little wonky at times, the content is good.
Best for: Figuring out what's actually doable versus what projects will have a bigger commitment.
You'll see ideas ranging from clever storage tricks and closet ideas all the way to choosing a new
Young House Love
Best for: Those with more traditional design tastes, especially those in need of family-friendly advice.
The couple behind this blog has made a mini-empire based around their love of remodeling homes.
We recommend taking a peek through their archives -- their first home remodeling project is a tad
more accessible to the average homeowner than their current (though incredibly gorgeous) big