If you're anything like me, Ezekiel, you've probably spent countless hours walking around your home, assessing room after room, thinking "Hmm, this would look great with a few improvements". Often, though, these "eureka" moments quickly descend into confusion about where to start or how to proceed. That's why every do-it-yourself enthusiast, novice or professional, should have a trusty source of home renovation tutorials at their fingertips.
But alas! If you've ever tried searching for the best place to learn home renovation online, you'd reckon it's like looking for Waldo in a candy cane factory. Fear not, I've trodden the path, and I'm here to share the jewels of my experiences in separating the wheat from the chaff when it comes to DIY home renovation learning portals.
I guess not including YouTube when discussing online learning would be like making pancakes without any flour. It's an undeniable resort for home renovation enthusiasts. It has a wealth of video tutorials for everything from installing a bathroom vanity to constructing a deck. But remember, as the internet's second most widely visited site, YouTube can be a rabbit hole if not wisely navigated. So ensure to choose credible remodeling professionals for tips and tricks. My favorite is the "This Old House" YouTube channel. They're like the fairy godmother of home renovation.
As a blogger myself, maybe I'm biased, but nothing compares to the detailed, step-by-step, documented processes that can lie within the realms of a well-crafted blog post. A blog post can be perfect for home renovation as it eliminates the need to pause, rewind, or play a clip. Blogs like "The DIY Playbook", "Remodelaholic", and "Young House Love" are absolutely worth a visit, packed with enlightening before-and-after pictures and thorough descriptions that can turn the tide of your DIY debacle.
For those who want to deep dive into the DIY world, various home improvement courses could be a gold mine. Websites like Coursera, Udemy, and homeownership.org offer comprehensive modules covering every conceivable part of home renovation. The same goes for webinars hosted by DIY experts or organisations offering real-time interaction to resolve queries. As Terence, a very good friend of mine, and a die-hard DIYer, says, "Webinars are where magic happens."
Being a father to Thalia and Marcus means that while one part of me is replacing a leaky faucet, the other part is ensuring they are not setting the house on fire. iPodcasts are a favorably multitasking-friendly option. Try "Young House Love Has A Podcast" and "Fix It Home Improvement" for a good start in the home renovation radio terrain. Bonus tip - They make for a fantastic companion on road trips too!
Instagram and Pinterest, yes, they're not just for fancy home décor ideas or the best banana bread recipe. They're also an amazing platform filled with detailed how-to's and video tutorials for your DIY needs. For a Pinterest go-to, try "Vintage Revivals". On Instagram, @home_repair_tutor is a constructive space filled with easy to follow tips.
What can I say - there's still a charm for flipping through physical pages in a well-thumbed book - one of those old-school things I relish. There's a plethora of them out there, but "100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know" and "Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual" from Family Handyman have been tried and tested by yours truly with assuring results.
Remember that time I decided to build a treehouse for Thalia and Marcus, inspired by an episode from "Fixer Upper"? I ended up with a wobbly structure, but no harm, no foul, the kids loved it - it has been “the” weekend gateway spot ever since. Yes, home improvement shows are inspirational as much as educational! Ir-replaceable shows such as "Property Brothers” and “This Old House" lead the pack. On the other hand, apps like "Handyman Calculator" and "wikiHow" are fantastic portable resources out there to help you measure, calculate, and learn on the go.
So, there you have it - my personal guide to quenching the thirst of your home renovation knowledge. Remember, no matter which method of learning you choose, the key to any successful DIY project is patience, practice, and perseverance. Happy renovating!