I remember watching This Old House on lazy weekends, idly plucking at a bowl of
popcorn while Bob Vila tears apart the plaster wall of a Victorian with glee. These days,
homeowners get most of their renovation knowhow in the great howto library of
YouTube. But not all home remodel videos are created equal—some of them are too
complicated, some skip important steps, and some are just downright silly. But the best of
them are so helpful, they deserve a special mention. One of the superstars of YouTube
DIY is Matt Risinger of Austin, Texas. Now, not all of the advice he dispenses works in
our cooler, wetter climate, but he does some beautiful work and explains it all very well.
Another favorite is Craig Heffernan. Craig specializes in deckbuilding for beginners.
More enthusiast than teacher, Kirsten Dirksen takes you through ecohouses and tiny
houses loaded with features and information. She’s a great person to turn to for
inspiration and ideas, Dirksen’s passion shines through.
Going with a contractor is usually a good idea for most large remodel and construction
projects. But if you feel like rolling up your sleeves and framing your own tiny house,
these folks can help you get started. Or at least get you into enough trouble to keep it