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02/08/2014 12:52 pm ET | Updated Feb 09, 2014

The 10 Best Renovation Websites For Living Out Your Dream Home Fantasies

Any HGTV viewer knows that renovating is far easier said than done. That doesn't stop any of us from mentally making a few changes to our homes -- whether we own them or not -- even though we don't intend to hire a contractor anytime soon. Or, perhaps a renovation is actually within reach, but you're not pleased with the generic inspiration found at your local home superstore. No matter which camp you're in, you're bound to love these 10 websites that are for anyone who has ever looked at a wall...and thought about moving it.

Retro Renovation (Check it out in the video above!)
retro renovation
Best for: Anyone who doesn't think of a 1960s living room as a bad thing. Whether you're looking for resources for restoring your old home, adding retro flair to a newer place or just looking for the best midcentury inspired sofa, this is your heaven. I visit it daily.

Porch.com
porch dot com
Best for: Actually committing to the whole renovation thing. Here, you can easily find professionals in your area and look over their best work.

Houzz.com
houzz
Best for: Getting inspired to make changes big (overhauled kitchen) to small (paint color ideas) -- and seeing how hundreds of other people have done those very things.

Remodelista
Best for: Plotting your new, high-end dream home. Though the site has broadened its mission away from simply providing remodeling ideas (who would of thought?), you can still find great images waiting to be added to your "Dream Life" pinboard.

DIY Network
Best for: Finding practical advice and finding projects by budget. The network that brought you multiple Vanilla Ice-pegged reality shows has an exhaustive website that borders on overwhelming at times -- but they know their stuff.

This Old House
Best for: Fantasizing about a simpler, self-reliant life in a meticulously restored Victorian that was once nearly uninhabitable. It's specific, but you know what we mean. We imagine the editors finding their bliss at salvage yards, or trading recommendations about screwdrivers all while turning an old found door into a stately table. And we look up to them for that.

Dwell
dwell
Best for: Imagining an impeccably tasteful life filled with ridiculously functional (but incredibly designed) surroundings, alongside men with architectural glasses and women with indie-chic short haircuts.

Remodelaholic
Best for: Seeing how a real family renovated (and continues to renovate) on a tight budget. While the blog can be a little wonky at times, the content is good.

HGTV Remodels
Best for: Figuring out what's actually doable versus what projects will have a bigger commitment. You'll see ideas ranging from clever storage tricks and closet ideas all the way to choosing a new addition's foundation.

Young House Love
young house love
Best for: Those with more traditional design tastes, especially those in need of family-friendly advice. The couple behind this blog has made a mini-empire based around their love of remodeling homes. We recommend taking a peek through their archives -- their first home remodeling project is a tad more accessible to the average homeowner than their current (though incredibly gorgeous) big house project.

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