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- Top 20 Renovation Blogs
We’re huge fans of renovation projects here at UK Oak Doors and we love reading about them, getting inspired, and carrying them out too. For some time we have been following the journeys of these blogs who are written by amazingly brave DIY enthusiasts who share with us the transformation of their living space. We have chosen our favourite 20, hope you enjoy them too!
Even though we wanted the featured blogs to be less known/famous ones, we just couldn’t resist including 47 Park Avenue. The award winning 47 Park Avenue is Michael and Jonathan’s blog where they share their renovation project. They’re based in London on 47 Park Avenue – if you hadn’t guessed - and are transforming their house into a chic, modern living space. We love drooling over their pictures. Their en-suite is just to die for! You can also find them on Facebook and Pinterest. 2. A Lovely Ark
A Lovely Ark is written by a lovely lady – Lauren, who shares her life as well as her house transformation with her readers. She is very talented when it comes to making the most of small spaces and her daughter’s nursery transformation is famous amongst renovation blog lovers. We love her colour choices and would recommend her blog to anyone who wants inspiration on decoration. Especially if you have children! She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. 3. A Roof Right Over Our Heads
Danny and Laura are based in Norfolk; they share the transformation of their Victorian semi-detached house which was empty for 20 years before they moved in. You can only imagine the amount of work that needed to be done! They’ve done a great job so far and are continuing to personalise and transform their space one room at a time. Highly recommended for anyone who is contemplating taking on a project house that is in need of a lot of TLC! You can find Danny and Laura on Twitter. 4. Ebury Home and Garden
Founded by Hannah Gooch, Ebury Home and Garden is an online store which features practical and functional products that we adore! Hannah also has a blog where she shares the changes she makes to her home, other properties she likes and some delicious recipes. You can find Hannah on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. 5. Foxcroft
Foxcroft is a very special blog. The owner Mike writes about the restoration of a 1928 house that was built by the previous owners. It’s not only their transformation of this beautiful house that makes this blog special, but the nostalgia. Mike often shares pictures from 70 years ago, along with letters. The blog isn’t updated as often as we’d like it to, but the updates are definitely worth the wait. Unfortunately Mike isn’t very active on social media. 6. House and Fig
The blog gets its name from a fig tree in their garden. The owners bought the house with the fig tree in 2007, in San Francisco. After becoming a little disheartened with their project house, they got their mojo back and are –once again- renovating their beautiful home. We love how inspiring this blog is. It is full of useful resources that can help you get your DIY mojo back too! Sarah, the owner of the blog can be found on Twitter. 7. It’s Great To Be Home
The owner of this blog is a serial home improver. She is currently on her 7th flip! Can you believe it? As you can imagine, the blog is full of practices tips and wisdom from a renovation pro! Whatever your ‘renovation requirements’ we’re almost certain that one of Liz’s projects will inspire you so definitely check her out. You can also find Liz on Facebook and Pinterest.
8. Kaybar007 – A(nother) Renovation Blog
Kaybar007 is in no shape or form related to James Bond 007 – from what we can see anyway. It is about the London home of Kay that is undergoing a renovation project. The blog dates back to 2008 when the house was bought and you can find everything on there! We’re loving watching their transformation. Kay often gives great advice on mortgages as well. You can also find Kay on Twitter.
A great blog that is full of advice on Georgian restoration projects. You can see their renovation of their Georgian house which is located in South East London, the house is absolutely gorgeous. Prepare to be seriously inspired! There is also a great deal of furniture restoration projects as well. You can also find Klaus and Heidi on Pinterest.
The owners Christine and Jan live in the North of the UK and are sharing the renovation of their first house which they bought in 2010. Neither of them has previous DIY experience but you wouldn’t guess that when you see the pictures of how they’ve transformed their beautiful house. You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. 11. Love and Renovations
Love and Renovations is updated by Amanda, who has recently bought her first house with her husband Corey. The blog is brilliantly sectioned so it’s easy to find what you need in no time. How they’ve transformed their house, and are continuing to do so is admirable. Definitely check it out if you need some inspiration. You can also find Amanda on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Weddingbee. 12. Young House Love
Young House Love is Sherry and Jon’s documentation of their house renovation. They are currently renovating their 3rd home and what’s more amazing is that you can find their previous house renovations on their blog too. We love their blog, their house is so modern and homely. Young House Love is another famous blog but we just couldn’t resist including them. You can also find them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
13. The Pease Pod
The Pease Pod shows the transformation of Gene and Jill’s home. You can expect to find a lot of DIY projects being undertaken, a truly unique style and a great taste. Combination of these is bound to be great right? They’re based in Minneapolis and we adore how amazing they’ve made their pod and we look forward to their posts. You can also find them on Facebook and Pinterest. 14. Something Gorgeous
Something gorgeous is written by two lovely ladies who have such tasteful styles. Their blog isn’t solely on their renovation projects but a mixture of life, DIY, interior design, gardening, and cooking. Anyone who is into décor, renovation, DIY, cooking will find their blog interesting and become instantly hitched just like us. You can also find these lovely ladies on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. 15. Our Adventures In Home Improvement
Our Adventures in Home Improvement is written by Pam. Both herself and her husband are lovers of home improvement and share their projects on their blog. They’re a very talented couple whose adventures inspire many other people to DIY. You can also find Pam on Facebook. 16. Old Pearly Jenkins
We love the transformation the family has shared on Old Pearly Jenkins, it really shows the power of DIY. The before and after pictures will definitely inspire anyone who has an interest in renovation and DIY. We tried really hard to think of our favourite part of their renovation, and it was tough! But, if we definitely had to choose one it would be their back garden. Check it out and you will not be disappointed. 17. Old Town Home
Old Town Home shares the story of Alex and Wendy’s transformation of their 1880s row house in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Their projects and tutorials are very helpful and inspire even the non-talented DIY enthusiasts. Definitely flick through their tutorials if you have a project in mind and we’re sure you’ll find it there. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. 18. Project Maddox
Project Maddox is the blog of the Maddox family where they show us the renovations they do to their family home and the DIY projects they undertake, as well as some snippets of their daily lives. We love them because they’re crafty, creative and they love life! We would definitely recommend you to check them out. 19. Old House New Tricks
Old House New Tricks is written by Alysha. Her and her husband are renovating their farmhouse which is quite old and are making a great job of it! They recently shared their renovated kitchen and we are in love! We love their style and taste and would definitely recommend them for anyone who is looking for inspiration. You can also find Alysha on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. 20. Turn Right At Lake Michigan
Turn Right At Lake Michigan is quite a famous blog, and other renovation lovers like us have been following their journey for some time. It’s one of those blogs where you must visit them first to know what we’re talking about because we don’t know where to begin. Their use of colour is just admirable! We envy their taste and eye for detail. Please just visit them and see for yourself what we mean. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. We hope you guys enjoy exploring these blogs, we've tried to include more of the less famous ones. If you think we've missed out any great blogs please let us know.
- DIY Calendar: July - Fixing Rotten Woodwork
July is the perfect time to start doing some outdoor DIY work. If the exterior of your home has some problems - such as rotten window frames or cracked fences, then you've probably been itching to tackle these jobs. It's a bad idea to do those kinds of tasks in the spring, however. You can be sure that no sooner than you apply the "needs 12 hours to dry" varnish, the heavens will open and your hard work will be ruined.
- Amazing Outdoor Furniture (Because summer is finally here!)
The British summer doesn't last long, so it's important to take advantage of every single moment. We're lucky enough to have a nice big garden at the rear of our home; one which sees sun for a large portion of the day. My wife and I love spending time out there, but our teenage kids seem happier spending their time indoors updating their Facebook pages. This year, I'm determined to change that. We're having a barbecue, and they're going to enjoy it!
This Biergarten Dining Set is an ideal replacement for the rickety plastic garden furniture we have right now. It's big enough to accommodate a few of our friends when we're entertaining, and it provides enough working space for my wife to use when she wants to take her laptop outside to send emails on a summer evening. The design really does evoke memories of the beer garden outside Fruh in Cologne, too.
Of course, persuading the kids to come and hang out at a beer garden table is not going to be easy. I think putting a couple of these Ibiza Chaise loungers on the patio might help. I don't think the natural colour would survive for long in this household, but the Navy looks a lot like blue denim, so it should cope well with iced coffee stains, and still looks young, trendy, and comfortable.
The Ibiza Chaise carries an impressive price tag for something that seats only one person, starting at $800 for the most basic model. If you're on a budget, and want to seat a few more people, this classically styled Le Versha Chair is a fraction of the cost, and since it's made of iron it's easier to keep clean too.
Pair it up with this vintage table for some vintage, decorative seating when entertaining large groups. You could pick up the table and a few chairs for the price of one chaise, and while wrought-iron inspired chairs are nowhere near as comfortable as a chaise, they most definitely look good.
Speaking of looking good, this illuminated outdoor table is awesome for evening entertaining. I love looking at Hollywood mansions and penthouse pool areas. I know it's unlikely that I'll ever live in somewhere like it myself, but serving hors d'oeuvres around our pond, before retreating to the patio for cocktails served at one of these trendy tables is the next best thing. Now if only I could get some celebrity special guests to come and hang out with us…..
Some of our close friends have children, so we need to make sure that our pond is safe. It's not a large pond, but it is big enough to be dangerous for a small child. Before we can safely entertain, we need a good pond cover. Most of the commercial ones I've seen are rather boring and utilitarian. I want a pond cover that looks like a decorative feature itself. Something like this creative pond cover:
Now all I need is a barbecue to go with it. Oh, and some cooking skills!
- How To Paint A Panelled Door
See How to Paint a Panelled Door in PDF format Spend what you will on the quality of build and materials on any door and that investment is jeopardised by the choice and finesse of the finish. We will cover our guide to the selection process for which options are available in different types of finish in another one of our guides.
- DIY Calendar: June - How to Lay Tiles
By June, the weather is getting a lot warmer, and this gives you more scope for the sorts of jobs you would want to work on, however, there is more than just weather to consider when planning DIY jobs. If you have school-aged children, then June is the last month during which you'll have entire days to work uninterrupted for quite a while. The summer holidays feel like they're getting longer every year, so if you have any major jobs to get done, and don't want children underfoot while you're doing them, then now is the time to start them!
- Sinks and taps (because they don't have to be boring)
Next time you remodel your bathroom, spare a moment for the humble basin. There's no need to limit yourself to a standard ceramic sink and a simple chrome tap. Check out these gorgeous bathroom basins that will add personality to your room.
The Sophie Bathroom Basin is a small, copper vanity basin which will add instant rustic to any bathroom. This basin is perfect for a small bathroom, or a vanity basin in a bedroom. The sink would look beautiful sunken into any marble, granite or wooden counter.
Another exquisite vanity sink, the Zen Vessel is a dark granite free-standing sink with chiselled sides. This has got to be my favourite of the lot; I’d love to have it in my bathroom although I’m sure it wouldn’t look out of place in a high-end hotel either….
This rectangular stone sink is made of Niche Travertine. The sink is large and deep, and is designed to stand above the counter. The sink can take a large volume of water, and has steep sides to prevent spillages and water splashing over the sides. This Travertine sink has a timeless finish, and although I think it’s a great piece, I do think the one above makes more of a statement.
4. LED Faucets
I’m a big fan of modern and contemporary interiors, and I love this Chrome LED Waterfall spout. The "Roman Tub Spout" design is made of chrome, and features built-in colour changing LEDs which glow in different colours according to the temperature of the water; green when the water is cool, blue when it is between 30 and 39 degrees Celsius, and red when the water temperature exceeds 40 degrees.
I love this faucet too; it’s similar in a way to the one above but is possibly even more eye-catching. Instead of the water coming downwards out of the faucet, it flows off the faucet like a waterfall. Very tempting.
- UK Oak Doors Jargon Buster: All About Doors
We’ve all been through the pressure of buying something important that we know little to nothing about. From car technicians who bamboozle us with jargon so complicated that it sounds like they’re talking another language, to the salesmen who dazzle us with well-rehearsed pitches; you want to get involved in the decision-making process but you just can’t get your head around what is actually being said.
- Guest Pests – How to Prevent and Treat Woodworm Then Hide The Evidence
Purchasing products from reputable sources (such as UK Oak Doors) using good wood and reliable treatments is the best preventative action to the introduction of wood pests into the home. But whether by flying insects or the introduction of new furniture in the home, any modern house may inadvertently bring wood pests into the house, particularly if home designers prefer a more classic look with antique furniture.
- THE BOWERS BLOG
Many people see being an interior designer as a busman's holiday. To some it's not even a real job, up there with 'party planner' and 'personal shopper' because to most people the process of choosing the tone, feel and flavour of their home environment is a pleasure not an ordeal (excluding any 'ding dongs' at Ikea that is). Buying doors should be one of the lasting delights from interior renovation as the surrounding soft furnishings and wallpaper etc will change far more often than the hard furnishings. Overlooked but an integral part to the look of a room is the skirting board.
- DIY Calendar: May - Preparing the Interior Of Your Home
If you're planning on redecorating, you will want to make sure that you have a good base to start from. You spent the first few months tidying your home and cleaning the exterior, now you need to prepare the interior. Most homes have some cracks on the walls or the ceiling and around chimney flues. Homes with a significant amount of plasterboard can have cracks or chips in the walls caused by previous DIY projects gone wrong. Most of these problems are minor, however, and can be easily fixed.