There are lots – repeat, lots – of home improvement sites and blogs on the web. Most are pretty bland. There are, however, a few sites that stand above the rest. These blogs offer real insight and solid advice. Best of all, the posts are well written (usually with a heavy dose of wit). Three blogs I recently found that I like are (in no particular order):
1) House In Progress
Tag Line: “We call it home IMPROVEMENT because it can’t get any worse.”
Notes: 1,300 people a day check out the latest progress on Aaron and Jeannie’s 1914 Chicago Bungalow. I really like the attention to detail in their posts. For example, their January 2004 post about pressure balance systems does a nice job of clearly explaining how these systems work and what they did to overcome an actual installation problem. They are almost finished with their master bathroom and I am hoping they post the finished images soon (gotta check out their clawfoot tub!).
2) Our Fixer-Upper
Tag Line: “Because we asked for it.”
Notes: Teague and Mindy are renovating their New York 1890’s Italianate home. Teague is an interior designer (nice to have around if you’re redesigning your home) and Mindy is a web designer (nice to have around if you’re blogging about redesigning your home). Like most good blogs, the posts are informative and interesting. The thing that got me was the photo gallery showing different neat buildings of their town. It is obvious that they really love their home. It seems like, to them, this isn’t a task that has to get done (although I am fairly certain it must feel like that on certain days). Rather, it must be a labor of love that they are willing to share with everyone.
3) That Old House
Tag Line: “Sure, the kitchen is small, and the floors are kind of slanted, but that can be fixed, right? Right?”
Notes: Nola, a freelance writer and editor, is just starting the restoration of her New Orleans home (demolition pictures are always great to see – nothing like a dust mask and crowbar to let off some stress). Having discovered that “actually doing construction projects on Saturday morning was a whole lot harder than watching them on TV”, Nola hung up her tool belt and has taken on the role of General Contractor. Her blog, therefore, focuses on both the actual construction as well as managing contractors.
I will end this post with a John F. Kennedy quote that Nola used in her very first post. This says it all for me:
All this will not be finished in the first 100 days.
Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, not in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.
- JFK, Inaugural Address, 1960