Homesteading: The Old and New Home Improvements
The term "homesteading" has had numerous definitions and interpretations over the years. Currently, it is used to define a lifestyle that promotes greater self-sufficiency. While the word may bring visions of farm living to mind, one can effectively homestead from nearly any location. Modern homesteaders will frequently use eco-friendly and efficient means of providing their homes with energy such as wind turbines and solar power. They may grow gardens in their yards or have box gardens on their patios or balconies. The vegetables from their garden can help serve as a source of food, the excess of which can be shared with neighbors or like-minded individuals.
In some cases, homesteaders may also choose to raise chickens. Prior to doing so, one must check with their city or state government for any restrictions that may prevent having chickens on their property. People often raise chickens for eggs, food, fertilizer, or all of the above. Choosing the right type of chicken is often dependent on knowing what its purpose is. For example, certain chicken breeds are best for laying eggs, while others are larger and better for their meat.
In addition to creating some of their own energy and growing or raising their own food, homesteaders may also make some of the items in their home by hand. Skilled homesteaders may sew the clothing that their family wears or use their skills to repair items that have torn or become frayed. People who are able to sew may also make certain items for the home, such as pillows, drapes or curtains, and quilts. Woodworking is yet another valuable skill for homesteaders to have. People with woodworking skills may create furniture for their homes, sell it to others, or even use their skills to build a chicken coop.
- My Wood Links and Latest Home Improvement Project: This page is a list of links to pictures and links about woodworking projects.
- General Woodworking Links for the Shop or at Home: Repair Projects, Video Tips, and More: Visit the Ames Woodworkers Club for a long list of links related to woodworking.
- Woodworking-Related Links: The Durham Woodworking Club has a list of links on their page for woodworking-related subjects such as carving, casting, dust, and conservation.
- Woodworking Furniture and Home Improvement Equipment: Westchester Woods Furniture has a list of links to home furnishings, woodworking, hardware, and home improvement websites on their resources page.
- Helpful Resources for Woodworking and Woodturning Home Improvement or Paid Projects: The Cormark International website features a list of links to online woodworking magazines and websites, arts and crafts, and guilds and associations.
- Home Improvement and Woodworking Links of Interest: Go here to see a list of links and videos related to woodworking.
- Book Arts Links: Find resources about bookbinding, woodworking, and digital typography here.
- Favorite Links for Woodworking Home Improvement Projects: Old Wolf's Wood Shop uses this page to list links to woodworking sites.
- Rick's Links: Woodworking Home Improvement Projects and More: People interested in woodworking may visit this site for links to stores, tips, projects, and associations.
- Learning to Sew at Home: Repair or Replace Your Wardrobe: Atiframai Limited offers guidance on sewing on this page.
- Free Quilting Instructions: When planning to make a quilt, visit this page for a list of links to quilting videos, guides, and tutorials.
- Quilting Links: The Prairie Quilt Guild provides readers with links to quilting retreats and the websites of their sewing and quilting advertisers.
- Quilt-Related Links: Readers looking for information about quilt blocks and patterns and tutorials will find useful information here.
- Fabric References and Resources: Learn about costume design by clicking any of the links on this page. This long list of links leads to reference websites and books, videos, and retailers.
- Resources for Learning at Home: Repair, Create and Enjoy: The Costume Club at the University of Washington offers visitors information about sewing on their website.
- Quilting Links: The Rising Star Quilters Guild offers this list of links to other guilds, quilt shops in New England, online shops, member pages, and other quilting-related websites.
- The Story of My Dolls: Costume Links: Go here for a list of links related to historical fashion, sewing, and costumes for people.
- Sewing Tutorials for Home Improvement Projects: Parker Piece Keepers Quilt Guild maintains a page with links to sewing tutorials.
- Sewing-Related Tutorials: Visit the Mikey Does Cosplay website to find tutorials about making props and armor and links to information about fabrics and sewing.
- In The Coop: Poultry: B&L Homestead talks briefly about raising chickens on this page. They also mention raising turkeys and geese.
- Into the Online World of Poultry: The Feather Site provides visitors with a long list of links to other sites with information about poultry birds.
- Resources for Chickens and Animals: On this page, visitors can find resources about organic farming, how to freeze eggs, water purifiers, and other topics.
- Personal Enrichment: Home Improvement: People who are interested in taking up home improvement as a hobby are the focus of these personal enrichment classes at San Antonio College.
- Your Home and Money: Home Repair Assistance: Tompkins County residents who qualify may receive financial assistance for home repairs from programs listed on this Cornell Cooperative Extension page.
- Home Improvement Retailing Industry Guide: Ohio University's Business Blog has a guide that is dedicated to providing informational resources for researchers studying the home retailing industry.
- Louisiana Survivors Can Get FEMA Rebuilding Advice at Area Home Improvement Stores: Floods that happened in Louisiana in 2016 caused significant damage to homes. FEMA has a notice on their website about free home repair advice and information that is available at local hardware and home improvement businesses.
- Home Improvement Fair Coming to the HUB: The UW Home Improvement Fair provides workshops for people with questions about how to get into the world of home renovations.
- Consumer Guide: Hiring a Contractor: Picking a home improvement contractor brings the risk of being ripped off by a dishonest business. The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation offers advice for homeowners about what to do when hiring a contractor and how to detect and avoid scams.
- Sears Home Improvement Products Inc. to Improve Public Health Protections from Lead Pollution During Home Renovations: Sears Home Improvement Products Inc. has reached a settlement with the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding allegations of lead-related regulations violations during home improvement projects.
- Disposing of Hazardous Wastes From the Home: Paint and Other Home Improvement Products: Click this link to see a description of a four-page document about chemicals that can contaminate drinking water or otherwise pollute the environment.
- Fix, Repair, and Improve Your Home: Homeowners who don't want to pay for someone to take care of basic home repairs might be interested in doing it themselves. The Community College of Baltimore County offers classes to help get started on do-it-yourself projects.
- Utah Couple Remodels Homes In New Show: A couple from American Fork, Utah, has made a hobby and a living out of renovating homes that are in poor condition.
- Renovation Projects: Visit the Columbia University website for a notice about finished and upcoming renovation activity on campus.
- Renovation and Expansion: The University of Oregon is looking to receive donations for their upcoming Erb Memorial Union building renovation project.
- Engineering Programs: Construction: Lorain County Community College provides information about their construction-related certificate and degree programs on this page.
- The Value of Home Improvements: Buying a home is a significant financial investment, and homeowners are motivated to keep their home in good condition. In this article, the University of California Office of Loan Programs explains the benefits of maintenance and home improvement projects in raising the value of a home.
- Home Improvement Fact Sheet: Click this link to find tips from the New York attorney general on avoiding dishonest home improvement contractors.
- New Jersey Green Home Guidelines: Visit this page for a link to a document about environmentally friendly home remodeling guidelines in New Jersey.
- Renovation Services/Estimates: Renovation Services does remodeling work around the University of Arizona campus. This page talks about what services they provide and provides links to information about their renovation process.
- Home Maintenance and Repair: Minor Home Improvements: Go to this page on the Pima Community College website for information about their certificate program for home improvement projects worth up to $2,500.
- Household Hints and Help: The University of Nebraska at Lincoln offers readers information about toxic hazards that one may face while performing home renovations. These include mold, lead, asbestos, and dust.
- Home Remodeling for Disability and Special Needs: What You Need to Know: This page on the NYU Langone Health website talks about remodeling work to accommodate disabilities.
- Consumer Tips and Information: Home Improvements and Repairs: The Iowa Department of Justice explains how to hire a home improvement or repair contractor.
- Students Compete at Home Improvement Show: Click this link to read a notice about a home improvement contest that Gateway Technical College students participated in.
- About TJ: Renovation: Thomas Jefferson High School provides information about renovations on campus on this page.
- Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services: The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a grant for home improvements that are medically necessary for qualified military service members.
- Home Improvement Basics: Do it Yourself: Learn about the fundamentals of home repair with these classes.
- Allegheny Campus Home Improvement Classes: Visit the Community College of Allegheny County website for information about their basic home improvement classes.
- Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914-1960: Click this link for a review of a home improvement industry-related book.
- News and Events: Go here to read the latest news and upcoming events at Denison University.
- Facilities Management: Carleton College completed renovations at the Scoville and Johnson House properties in 2017. Visit their facilities management page for information about the project.