Taking on the restoration or renovation of an older home, be it an 1830’s farmhouse or a 1950’s ranch style, is a baptism by fire of carpentry, plumbing, masonry and architecture all rolled into one.
There are literally hundreds of these blogs out, but I’ve found these to be some of the best written, most interesting and most active.
The bloggers listed below are sharing their pain with you as they learn, and are collectively a goldmine of information. Not only that, there’s a voyeuristic thrill in snooping into their homes and watching the chaos gradually morph into a finished home. If you are about to buy an older house, or considering the move to one, then these links will help push you over the edge. (Which one we don’t know).
1. Slaves of the Vintage House: a 1917 Sears kit house
2. Liloia: renovating a 1912 farmhouse on an island in Vermont.
3. King Street Farm: 1740s farmhouse in Westchester County, NY
4. Supernaturale: Frugality and Home Living Tips
5. Design Sponge: dedicated to home and product design
11. The Emery Restoration “why have it done properly when you can do it yourself"
13. 1951 Ranch Redo in Corvallis, Oregon
16. Hauser Haus in Grand Rapids, Michigan
17. House Made: a 1922 Bungalow in Oakland
19. Stucco House: 1924 Bungalow Restoration
20. The Devil Queen: Queen Anne Victorian restoration
22. House In Progress “we call it Improvement because it can’t get any Worse”
23. Ancestral Pile: A former Home Depot paint girl turned technical writer and her hapless husband-to-be take on the large-scale renovation of a home that’s been in the family since 1920.
24. Deer Tracks and Trails: The Birth of a Log Cabin
25. Casa Decrepit 1876 Victorian in Alameda, Cal.
26. Restore House
27. Clark Creek House in Longview, Washington
28. Brownstone Renovations in Brooklyn
29. 1870 House in Griffin, Ga.
30. 1920 Bungalow
31. Foxcroft: a 1928 Craftsman house
32. Old Stone House
33. www.hoganblogs.com 1890 house in Newborn, Georgia
34. Ocean Manor House Victorian house restoration
35. Neverdone Farmhouse restoration on the Yellowstone River
Bonus #100: If those weren’t enough, the mother of all houseblogs, houseblogs.net is a blog portal and community of home renovation buffs, currently listing 880 different house blogs.
photo from The Emery Restoration/CreativeCommons