Renovate #atozchallenge

A couple of years ago, I found the Apartment Therapy website, and don’t ask me why, but it’s become one of my favorite sites on the Internet. Neither Mary nor I has any intention to make any kind of changes to our house, we aren’t planning on moving into an apartment, nor into another house (despite the name, the site covers both houses and apartments)… in short, there’s no reason that I should like the site that much. But I do. It makes me… happy. I don’t know why.

There are a few articles that show the results of a renovation project, such as the one above, where a spare bedroom that had heretofore been used as a storage room is returned to its original purpose. If you click on the description of either picture, you can see the whole article, including some more pictures of the room. I especially like the bathroom renovations, for some reason. I have neither the talent nor the patience to undertake any of the projects, but it’s fun to see what people come up with to improve their homes.

There are also articles about cleaning, many of which recently (it’s the end of March as I write this) have to do with preventing anyone from getting ill with the Covid-19 virus and what to do if someone does come down with the illness so that no one else gets it. Speaking of Covid-19, which has practically all of us barricaded in our homes right now, there are suggestions for how to spend your time to maximize enjoyment and minimize stress.

There are tours of homes, particularly unusual ones (such as the family who lives in a renovated church), overviews of the best (and worst) cities to live in for a person who enjoys some specific activity (e.g. people who like to walk, who enjoy the arts, etc.), cost comparisons of different cities, and so on. They cover so much territory on the site that the best way to find out about it is to visit the site and see what it has to offer.

26 thoughts on “Renovate #atozchallenge

  1. I love these sites because they offer some great ideas. Even if one can’t master an entire project there are still other useful ideas. Plus it’s a great way to entertain oneself.

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  2. When we first moved into our home we bought it as a “handy-man” special. Therefore, the house was cheaper, but we had to renovate it and we’re still doing it. We had to redo the bedrooms like we tore down a wall & made 2 bedrooms into one, so the master bedroom is nice and big & we were able to put a king size bed into it. We had to put in all new plumbing for one & redo the walls & a ceiling or two. We’ve recently did the main bathroom. The next thing we’d like to do is our office. Have a great day John. Stay healthy my friend… STAY HOME!

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    1. I understand the movie “The Money Pit” talks about the misadventures of a couple who bought a handyman’s special. I’ve never seen it, but some tell me it’s hilarious, and Shelley Long, upon whom every teenaged boy in the early to mid ’70’s had a crush, is in it.

      In my next life, I’m going to make sure I’m handy…

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    1. They are quite beautiful, and you learn about trends in decorating and get to see what some people have done all by themselves. Whenever they take you through the house, I always want to see the bathroom, particularly if it has a vintage look about it (colored fixtures, tiled walls etc.).

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    1. I like to watch them, too, even knowing that I never got the home improvement gene. My dad didn’t know which end of the screwdriver to use. Mom’s second husband was very handy, on the other hand, and I think Pat (my youngest brother) picked up his skill.

      When we bought the house, Mary made me swear: no power tools, nothing sharp (e.g. an axe), and no painting. I was more than happy to agree…

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  3. I just to a look at that site and I can see why it would be addictive because you want to see what they did. I have renovated areas and it is not easy. We are still working on our downstairs bathroom…money is the key

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    1. I’m getting ideas for what I’m going to tell the person we hire to do the actual work. I’m sure I’d make a total mess of it (besides, I’m handicapped and can’t do those things anymore).

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