So, you scrimped and saved and now you’re the king or queen of your own castle. But looking around, you’re staring to feel more like Tom Hanks and Shelley Long in The Money Pit. Even if your abode is in good shape, there are always things you want to change or things that could be just a little bit better. And while you’d like nothing better than to hire a contractor to make it all shiny and new, more often you’re planning to do it yourself. DIY for short. So here are some some of the best sites to help you on that quest.
Young House Love
A young couple and their adventures in DIY home improvement.
John and Sherry Petersik started their blog to chronicle the improvements on their first home. Now into their second home, they’ve turned the art of blogging into a full time career for both. They’re quirky and fun and offer lots of product suggestions as well as honest, to the point do-it-yourself instructions on various home projects. Their work has been featured in national magazines and on TV.
>> Practical do-it-yourself ideas – younghouselove.com
Here to help you do it yourself
If you like to take matters and projects into your own hands, you’ll find like minds at HandymanUSA. Chris Tabone is an engineer by training but loves to fix things. In addition to rennovating an old farm house, he built his website to share his love of do it yourself projects and the skills he’s developed along the way.
>> Do it yourself advice and resources – handymanusa.com
Ask the Builder
Someone to turn to with your DIY questions.
Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Tim Carter hosts Ask the Builder. There you’ll find practical advice. Tim says he offers just the facts. Some projects are easy. Some hard. But he provides a project checklist that will come in useful when you’re tackling that project. Tim warns that not all remodeling and building shows and sites are accurate. He wants to make sure you have the information you need.
>> Straight facts about do it yourself home improvement projects – askthebuilder.com/
DIY Home Improvement
Help for the Do It Yourself home owner
For just about any aspect of home improvement, you’ll find a post at DIY Home Improvement blog. Whether it’s design or repair, redecorating or reworking, indoor or outdoor, this is a great resource to help you get through those projects. From tips on which products to by to instructions on how to move ahead with your next project, you’ll likely find what you’re looking for here. And if not, there’s a huge blogroll and shopping guide to help you ou.
>> Resources for the do it your selfer – diyhomebuilding.org/
All DIY, All the time.
When the big time professionals get involved, you get the website, you get the emails, you get the television network. And that’s what you get with DIY Network. There you’ll find experts and expert advice for that project. You can sign up for email lists, follow your favorite shows and enter their many contests. All from the comfort of your PC or laptop.
>> DIY Network of resources – diynetwork.com/
The Home Improvement Granddaddy of them all
Home and Garden TV is that magical place where you can get your ideas for home improvement, find the experts, find the resources or instructions. Your you can while away the hours dreaming of the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Do it yourself-ers can find the instructions and guides for multiple projects around the home. And when you’re tired of working, you can tune into House Hunters and imagine what your life would be like telecommuting from Budapest.
>> Home and Garden TV – hgtv.com/topics/home-improvement/index.html