Water Cooler: DIY home improvement shows making ripples on YouTube

Home renovation and do-it-yourself shows have made their way to a variety of networks, but you can find even more of them on Youtube. Watch renovation journeys, learn how to do renovations yourself, and even revisit past episodes of your favorite renovation shows. Here are a few to check out.

Wabi Sab – E

Hannah Cook and Elliot Wajchendler spent years renovating a 3-bedroom, 100-year-old farmhouse that sits on an idyllic rolling hill in Nova Scotia, Canada. They had a lot of horsehair plaster to peel off and interior structures to remove in order to reveal and modernize the home’s charming characteristics. They found gorgeous hand-hewn beams, a cozy brick fireplace and other gems. The best part about watching their journey is that because it isn’t a full-scale television production, you get to enjoy the intimacy of their entire renovation journey without any fluff. All of the real life frustrations, passion and victories are there to be shared with their Youtube audience. They also have a lot of other interesting content like tours of their farmhouse garden and converted van. (https://www.youtube.com/c/WabiSabE/about)

This Old House

“This Old House” has long been the favorite public television program for your classic dad types and handymen for years, but now you can find them on Youtube as well with a modernized program for today’s era of do-it-yourself. Audiences for renovations and DIY projects have only grown over the past few years, especially gaining new traction with women and younger people. If you’re eager to learn more about handiwork of all sorts, this is the channel for you. Learn how to frame a deck, assemble stairs, install coffered ceilings, create basement windows, use a miter saw, refurbish cast iron tubs, and just about any home project you could possibly think of. (https://www.youtube.com/user/thisoldhouse)

Home & Garden for Mere Mortals

This channel is a great middle ground for those interested in projects and home improvement but have yet to get a lot of background knowledge on basic techniques or those little specific tips that one picks up over the years. Learn the basics of pressure washing, how to clear toilet clogs, tips for cord management, door trim installation, carbon monoxide detector installation, how to insulate windows in the winter, what and when to prune in the fall, and countless other bits of knowledge that are indispensable for being useful around a home and garden. This channel’s main mission is to help viewers take control of their homes, save money and have a good time learning. (https://www.youtube.com/user/HGforMereMortals)

Living Big In A Tiny House

Tiny houses are certainly not for everyone, but the process and concepts involved in creating one can be both useful and interesting to anyone that enjoys innovative living. New Zealander host Bryce Langston travels the world in search of people with unique and custom homes to share, highlighting downsized designs and sustainable living. You’ll quickly learn that tiny homes are anything but the classic A-frame cabins that they were when the trend first took off – the inventive permutations of this original concept are astounding. Not only do you get to see cool ideas, but the homeowners share the process of designing, building and living their home and how they figured out where to put it. Each person has a unique story. (https://www.youtube.com/user/livingbigtinyhouse)

Austin Flipsters

If you are addicted to before-and-after photos and videos, look no further. Not only do you get to see the satisfying process of a beautiful old home being brought new life, but the hosts dive into what they look for first in a house as far as big-ticket fix up items, first impressions and ideas, and how they plan to execute the renovation. Host Lauren and Lincoln are old friends from college, and not married as you might assume, but love getting together and flipping houses. They’re fun personalities make for a lot of lighthearted good times as they tackle big projects and challenging hurdles. (https://www.youtube.com/austinflipsters)

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