101 Home Improvement Blogs

Home Improvement Blogs

Here is my presentation for 101 of the best Home Improvement & DIY Blogs updated for 2014.

I first published this list over a year ago, and a lot has changed during that time. Unfortunately a few of my favorite blogs are no longer being updated, but on the bright side there are a few good ones that have captured my attention since then and are now included below.

  1. Charles & Hudson - These guys have been recognized by a large number of bloggers and journalists as having one of the best home improvement blogs. They were at Number 1 on this list when I first published it, and I've kept them at Number 1 again this year!
  2. Bob Vila - he's the self proclaimed "Dean of Home Renovation & Repair Advice" and once you visit his blog you'll probably agree. He gets an "A" from me and remains at Number 2 here for the second year in a row.
  3. Ask The Builder - Tim's blog is a fantastic resource which is home to of the best advice for home improvement projects on the web, and it's so good that this year I've bumped it up to number 3 from 14 last year. Why don't I let Tim tell you about his blog himself:
  4. The Ugly Duckling House - Sarah takes you on a humor infused journey as she remodels a house she bought at the end of 2009. It's an entertaining read and I thoroughly recommend you click on over!
  5. Remodelaholic - Justin and Cassity are a couple who say their ideal date is "ripping out a wall!" It's a great blog, but they're taking this way too seriously and I feel they need to step back and smell the coffee, after-all there are more important things in life - like Powertools!
  6. Young House Love - Sherry and John are a young couple from Richmond, Virginia who write this blog as a DIY diary and the provide excellent photographs of their remodeling work around their home.
  7. Pretty Handy Girl - Brittany demonstrates to anyone who still has old ideas about women and power tools not going together that they're simply wrong, and she does a great job of explaining "How to"... do pretty much every DIY home project worth doing.
  8. DIY Diva - Kit describes herself as an experienced DIYer, power tool junkie, and novice farmer. Her blog is all about bridging the gap between woman and powertool wielding badass!
  9. Building Moxie - a really good source of home improvement and maintenance information. Some of their articles have original videos as well as photographs to help you understand how to do the projects begin discussed.
  10. Living Vintage - Kim does a wonderful job of writing about the projects her company works on to "save old houses" using reclaimed materials - the blog is also wonderfully illustrated with photographs showing detailed steps of how an old piece of building material becomes a terrific new feature in a home.
  11. Sawdust Girl - Sandra is seriously passionate about design, remodeling and carpentry. She provides some great posts detailing varies home improvement projects she's done.
  12. You Grow Girl - for over 14 years Gayla Trail has been providing some brilliant information on urban gardening in limited spaces - she has updated the design of her blog since I first published this list and her blog posts just keep getting better - she deserved to move up a few places this year.
  13. Shelterrific - Angela Matusik started her blog dedicated to 'home loving' way back in March 2006 and it's been getting stronger ever since.
  14. Dans le Townhouse - a self confessed addict of renovating, decorating, crafting, and thrifting, Tanya is now blogging about all the home improvement and DIY projects she and her husband doing on their new lakefront bungalow they moved into in January 2014 - you can still see all their posts about projects from their old townhouse too.
  15. The Kitchen Designer - Susan Serra is an accomplished kitchen designer who approaches her work with the philosophy that all 5 senses are at work in your kitchen. She blogs about much more than just kitchens, with inspirational design ideas about all areas of the home, and I'm really happy to have discovered this one so I could include it for the first time this year.
  16. inhabitat - a great place to keep up to date with innovations in technology that allow for green design in furniture, energy, landscaping, architecture, and much more.
  17. The Tiny Professional - Felicia documents her renovation adventures along with fashion posts and her experiences of competing in Pageants.
  18. Vintage Revivals - Mandi writes up each project with a complete tutorial so you can recreate it yourself. I particularly like her "Room Reveals" section where she shows off before and after pics of some of her projects.
  19. It's Great To Be Home - Liz is a serial home improver with a long history of buying, improving, and flipping homes with her husband Jason.
  20. Green Living Ideas - director Andrea Devon Bertoli does a fantastic job of writing and sourcing great articles that provide you with actionable ideas to help make your home and lifestyle more sustainable.
  21. If you're looking for information about Smart Homes then check out my list of
    Smart Home Blogs.

  22. The Happy Home Blog - Belinda confesses to being obsessed with interiors, renovating, decorating and also craft. Her blog details the never ending process of improving her home and making it a happy one for herself and her family.
  23. Funky Junk Interiors - Donna's blog is a wonderful story of how she started over and furnished her home with nothing - and now she shares her outlandish, unique, ultra affordable creations on her blog.
  24. The Art of Doing Stuff - Karen is a serious DIYer who has been featured in Style at Home magazine and has a range of interesting posts about home improvements & DIY projects.
  25. Handyguys Podcast - you don't have to be a guy to visit their blog - but you do have to be interested in rational, factual ideas and product comparisons you can use around the home.
  26. Casa Decrepit - the story of a couple who bought an 1876 built house which they have been restoring. They go into quite a lot of detail including posts about suppliers who don't do what they promised. I say this is required reading for anyone who is planing a restoration project.
  27. Remodelista - This is probably one of the most famous blogs in Home Improvement - do yourself a favor and visit now.
  28. The World According to Jessica Claire - a great Canadian home decor blog with detailed posts about the decorating work Jessica has been doing around her own home.
  29. House Tweaking - follow Dana and her family as they renovate a dilapidated 1950’s ranch that they bought and moved into. Dana has a great eye for photography which makes her posts that much more interesting.
  30. Houzz - Definitely at the corporate end of things rather than your typical 'home-grown' blog, but thy really do have everything you need to improve your home from start to finish including over 3 Million photographs to help inspire your next redecorating or remodeling project.
  31. Spaceio - There are many great interior design ideas here along with reviews of designers, architects, and contractors. I particularly like the way they showcase up-and-coming interior designers.
  32. Brooklyn Limestone - this blog began life as a way for Stefanie to chronicle the process of renovating their 100+ year old limestone home in Brooklyn, NY. It has since grown and now has many posts about DIY projects and renovating.
  33. Chezerbey - this blog was originally created in 2006 for this couple to share with family and friends their adventures as they remodeled their home which they named Chezerbey. The blog has grown into much more as their family has grown, and it has some great blog posts with pictures showing you all the wonderful upgrades they make to their home.
  34. Rambling Renovators - Jennifer Flores does a great job of blogging aboot the projects she and her husband do to renovate their semi-detached Toronto home. Her philosophy is "The difference is in the details, and the details make all the difference."
  35. Our Adventures in Home Improvement - Pam does an entertaining job of describing the projects she and her husband work on around their house.
  36. DIY On The Cheap - frugal decorating ideas, crafts and creative projects for the home. Erin believes that a beautiful home doesn't have to break the bank, and her wonderfully illustrated projects will show you how to do the same.
  37. Hewn and Hammered - these guys have been doing an amazing job since 2004, and as you'd expect by the name, it covers a lot of wood based projects.
  38. Hannah Kate Flora - Hannah says she is a "Modern Traditionalist" who blogs about DIY and Interior Design.
  39. Red Door Home - no hint of painting it black here, but rather full of creative inspiration for your home. Stacy even has her own Etsy store featuring her own craft work.
  40. The Designer Pad - Eduardo is a former fashion designer turned interior designer. He believes everything has its place in the home. Decor - Inspiration - Interiors and a whole lot more in fine style.
  41. DIY Show Off - Roeshel loves to blog about DIY and re-purposing projects with step-by-step photographs to help you understand the process for your own projects.
  42. Fun & VJs - a professional writer blogs about all things design and house related. It began as a chronicle of their 1928 Queenslander home renovations and is now all about restoring a modernist home..
  43. The Inspired Room - a decor focused blog all about simple and doable ideas for your home without breaking your budget and includes a great series of blog posts about how to decorate.
  44. Bower Power - a lot more than 24 hours worth of great home improvement ideas, Katie does a fantastic job of cataloging all her home improvement and DIY projects.
  45. Modern Country - about living the dream of living in the Norwegian countryside in a nostalgic old house decorated with a mixture of the Nordic light and rural rustic French styles.
  46. Build Blog - a lot of great posts and photographs about architecture and design which are worth looking through for both inspiration and learning more about the build process.
  47. Centsational Girl - Kate is a bargain hunter, design lover, incurable DIYer who will help you transform drab into fab for less.
  48. Pure Style Home - Lauren Liess shares her thoughts on design, running a design business, clients' projects, how-tos, and the projects she and her family do in their own home.
  49. Honey & Fitz - Dina chronicles her DIY projects, flea market finds, love of organization and general obsession with designing spaces for children and busy families..
  50. Making This Home - Katie's blogging philosophy is “DIY inspiration that’s rooted in the heart.”
  51. decor8 - Holly Becker is an award winning and best selling author and journalist, and this is her own blog where she writes about a range of topics including providing some great decor ideas.
  52. AM Colce Vita - Michelle loves to design and decorate - her blog focuses on decor.
  53. Today's Homeowner - Danny Lipford's blog with heaps of good posts as well as content from the TV and Radio shows he presents.
  54. Simply The Nest - Alice blogs about life in South Manchester, England, and the process of restoring their semi-detached Victorian villa to its former glory when it was originally built in 1875.
  55. Curbly - a community blog with a lot a great contributions on home improvement ideas and projects with some really good contributors like JoAnn Moser, Matt Allison, and Brittni Mehlhoff.
  56. The Happy Homebodies - Jordan and her husband Scott love their blogging hobby and it really shows through in this wonderful collection of posts about their home projects as well as their DIY tutorials.
  57. Seventh House On The Left - Greg & Ashley Brown blog about their own home improvement experiences.
  58. DIY Home Staging Tips - all about the things you can to to improve your home in preparation for selling it.
  59. Manhattan Nest - Daniel Kanter is a freelance interior decorator and his skills really show through in his posts about his Brooklyn apparment and the Kinston, NY fixer-upper that Daniel and his fiancé are renovating.
  60. Retro Renovation - it's all about renovating in 1940's through 1960s styles, or as they prefer to call it, "Mid Century".
  61. Marley & Lockyer - a blog from Tasmania (you know - that island down under down under) about styling, gorgeous homes, and the renovation of the author Ness's own 1883 built home.
  62. Everything LEB - Lindsay loves all things interior design, DIY and Martha Stewart, although she doesn't provide stock tips on her blog :)
  63. Elise Blaha - Elise loves writing and making stuff.
  64. Apartment Therapy - their motto is "We’re saving the world, one room at a time".
  65. Love & Renovations - Amanda and Corey blog about life and the process of turning their 1980's builder-grade home into the house of their dreams.
  66. Do It Yourself - an amazingly large and useful collection of DIY How Tos.
  67. Ikea Hackers - all about modifications on and re-purposing of Ikea products.
  68. Decorology - Ashley is a web derringer by profession who blogs about interior design and decorating by night.
  69. Dream Book Design - I like pretty much everything they've done (except for featuring a dead cow skin rug in one of their posts).
  70. Simply Grove - Kirsten Grove does a great job of providing a design and decor blog for those of you with a love of interiors and an appetite for design eye-candy. It features room makeovers, Kirsten’s own home projects and furniture projects, beautiful room images, an much more!
  71. Home Portfolio - a virtual showroom of home design ideas, pictures, and products.
  72. inthralld - home design, architecture, interiors, furniture, inspiration and more along with some brilliant photography of amazing home designs and architecture.
  73. Nesting Place - Myquillyn says that her secret to unlocking creativity and hope for your home is "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful".
  74. Jetson Green - a great place to learn more about creating sustainable homes.
  75. Moonworks' Home Improvement Blog - Moonworks are a home improvement company in the north-east who provide a lot of useful and practical down-to-earth information despite the lofty blog name.
  76. Little House Blog - Aubrey from Toronto blogs about her obsession with interiors and design.
  77. Home Stories A to Z - Beth aims to create beauty out of chaos, and she does exactly that.
  78. The DIY Dreamer - lots of tutorials, crafts, DIY fun.
  79. Infarrantly Creative - this is the place to go if you are wondering how to turn crutches into a floor lamp or an old television into a console table.
  80. Thanks I Made It - Erin is a DIYer who believes something you made yourself is twice as enjoyable as something you bought, who could disagree with that?
  81. Decor Happy - Vanessa Francis and her ideas and inspirations about living well in your own home.
  82. Habitually Chic - actually it's more about making you jealous of glamorous homes rather than helping you improve your own, and it has a lot of great photographs which work to that effect.
  83. The Peak of Chic - Jennifer Boles shares her musings on high-end interiors and lving.
  84. The Lovely Side - Jessica Hansen is a 20 something who writes a young lady's guide to living on the lovely side with many posts about decorating and home decor.
  85. Unclutterer - all about uncluttering your home, and life in general.
  86. Full House - by the mother of twin girls and triplet boys - fortunately the boys have a soundproofed bedroom!
  87. Freshome - has been providing inspiration to make your home more beautiful, organized and healthy since 2007.
  88. katiedid - Katie Denham's motto is ."Go Decorate your Life!".
  89. Homespot HQ - this is the blog from the company that helps you manage information about your home by using there online home management recording keeping database.
  90. The House of Smiths - has a lot of handy DIY and craft tutorials.
  91. Rebecca Orlov - Formely known as "Loving. Living. Small." Rebecca now focuses her blogging efforts on home design, baby style, design inspirations, dining goodness and wanderlust.
  92. Treehugger - what I really like about this is they bring rational thinking to the design and technological side of creating buildings and spaces without losing creative insight.
  93. My Old Country House - some really good practical advice on everything from fixing a hole in a wall to the art of dealing with contractors.
  94. The Gold Jellybean - a great DIY site for parents who are looking for projects to do with their children.
  95. DIY Home Improvement Help - a lot of great advice with detailed information from a retired builder in Australia. Sadly it doesn't look like Bill updates the blog anymore, but it still has a wealth of great DIY information.
  96. Normal Room - interior design and home furniture from all around the globe.
  97. Life The Green Way - as you can probably guess by the title, this blog focuses on the environmental aspects of home living.
  98. Cottage Magpie - a 1950s ranch with an empty pocketbook and cottage dreams.
  99. Simply Sweet Home - Jerri blogs about crafts as well as cooking.
  100. The Stylish Nest - creating home, garden, and life, one DIY adventure at a time..
  101. One Project Closer - to your dream home. Ethan presents some great home projects here, and although he seems to have stopped updating the blog last year it still has some great project descriptions and 'how to' information.
  102. Ikea Fans - an entertaining site by a group of bloggers who are insanely in love with that famous Swedish company.

It's quite possible that I've missed some excellent blogs, but don't despair - feel free to tell me about any great home improvement blogs you know of via the contact page.

Comments

You've done a pretty good job on this list, although I would have placed "DIY Home Improvement Help" much further up the list because they have some very good projects with detailed instructions - it would be in my top 10.

But nevertheless, I think this is one of the best home improvement lists I've seen.

Thank you so much. It's really challenging to find other home improvement blogs. I have my own at http://theflooringgirl.com/westchester-flooring-blog.html and it seems to be doing very well. (Hope it's okay that I left the link here).

Debbie Gartner, aka The Flooring Girl

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