Online resources for home renovations

February 23, 2009 | By | Comments (0)

Kitchen as February 23rd

As I wrote in a recent post, my husband and I are in the process of renovating our kitchen. And by renovation I mean a full-on gut job replacing walls, appliances, counters, tiles, etc, etc, etc.

What surprises many of our friends (more than the idea that my husband and I would tackle a project of this magnitude on our own) are the many online resources we use when renovating our home. Not only do these sites allow us to save money (sometimes a little, sometimes a lot), but they give us the opportunity to check out a lot of different options without having to drag two screaming children through the home improvement stores.

Planning on renovating your home? Here are some of our favorite resources (with thanks to my husband for helping me with the list):

Appliances
My husband has two favorite sites for new appliances – AJ Madison and HomeClick. In addition to allowing us to save money on our new appliances, the sites also provide technical specs and dimension drawings a do-it yourself-er needs to plan. You don’t get the service of your local appliance store (which according to my husband, Consumer Reports says are best for customer service over "big box" stores) which could be a problem if you have trouble with your purchase.

For replacement parts my husband uses Parts Select or PartsDirect. He says that both have a great selection whether you are replacing a broken piece on your stove or just need a new water filter cartridge for your fridge.

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Tile
I really, really, really wanted glass tile for our backsplash, but everything I looked at locally was way over our budget. Through Glass Tile Oasis I was able to find just what I wanted at a price that we could manage. For planning purposes I was also able to purchase a 3" sample tile for $4.99.

Lighting
According to their web site, Lighting Universe has over 2 million products for us to browse through (There are 2,532 just in the category of "multi light/island pendants – so I should be able to find SOMETHING I like. Right?).

Kitchen tips & ideas
Whether I’m looking for design ideas or Steve wants to watch a video on how to install a retractable range hood, we both turn to the pros at This Old House. And, assuming I can push my husband to finish in time, I hope to enter our kitchen into their $10,000 reader remodel contest (a girl can dream).

We also are addicted to kitchen improvement shows (I actually have a wish list on my TiVo set up to record any and all kitchen shows it finds). Our favorites are on HGTV, which also has a great site with videos and pictures that have inspired many of kitchen design choices.

Have you renovated your kitchen? What resources have you discovered?

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