I know, I know, you love your murder mystery/real crime drama podcasts. S-Town is your…well…S. Listen, me too. BUT – I really love listening to home design/DIY podcasts as well. There’s something about listening to someone talk passionately about something home-related that makes me get all excited. It’s like listening to someone describe the person they love…you end up kinda loving them too.
And here’s the thing. Design and DIY can be extremely visual. You wouldn’t think podcasts would be a good fit, but they are. Describing visuals with words instead of images can let your mind fill in the blanks instead, flexing your creative muscles in the process, and learning new home renovation skills from experts can only make you a better DIYer. The only problem is actually finding great design/home podcasts to listen to. Lucky for you, I’ve already rounded up 10 that I love (and I think you will, too!)
1. Good Company
Hosted by Grace Bonney from Design Sponge (‘nuff said, right?), this is one of the newer home and DIY podcasts (started in September of 2018) in the lineup, and I’m in love. It digs DEEP and doesn’t shy away from the hard questions. It’s a great one to listen to if like me, you’re always trying to understand others and incorporate more diversity into your home (and life). Seriously, give it a listen…you won’t be disappointed. Plus, Genevieve Gorder (from Trading Spaces) is on the first episode and is fantastic, as always.
2. Young House Love Has a Podcast
I’ve been a reader of Young House Love for a LONG time (they actually inspired me to start this little blog of mine.) Probably all the way back to around 2010, if not a little earlier, but somehow I fell even more in love with John and Sherry when they started their home and DIY podcast. I was still a little devastated from when they decided to step away from blogging, but Sherry’s musical impersonations and John’s constant quest to automate everything in their home routinely has me laughing out loud during my commute. It’s definitely light-hearted, and a great way to start my Monday mornings.
3. Chris Loves Julia (no longer produced, but still a good listen)
While this podcast isn’t produced anymore, there are a ton of episodes to listen to and they’re worth your time. I love Chris and Julia’s style, and it’s really interesting to listen to their take on design, life, etc. It’s an interview(ish) style home and DIY podcast with Preston Pugmire as the host, and I’ve definitely learned a lot listening in. They tend to tackle a topic a week, but there’s lots of life thrown in, too.
4. The Style Matters Podcast (Little Yellow Couch)
If there was a mother of home and DIY podcasts, it would be Zandra from Little Yellow Couch. It’s been around longer than (I think) all of the other ones on this list, and there’s a ton of episodes to listen to. While I listen to most of my podcasts through an app, it’s worthwhile to click over to the archives on her website. You can sort by topic, and it makes it much easier than normal to find what you want. I wish every podcast had a website like hers!
5. Home: On
If you want to channel your inner Bill Gates and automate your home, this is a great one. It’s a podcast all about DIY home control and automation, and there’s lots of interesting interviews to listen to. It’s amazing how much home automation news there is out there, and I always enjoy learning about products from the people that make them.
6. Fix It 101
This is a pretty cool one – though it’s really more of a recording of a call-in show than a traditional home and DIY podcast. Hosted by MPB Think Radio through NPR, it reminds me of Car Talk, one of my absolute favorite shows of all time (even though I don’t care about cars at all), and it’s fun to listen along and try and figure out what the issues are and hear how the hosts suggest to fix them.
7. Ask a Clean Person
If you like lighthearted DIY home cleaning advice in the form of a podcast, this is the one for you. Jolie Kerr has a bright, bubbly personality that makes me smile every time I listen to her. While it’s definitely more cleaning and organization centered, what homeowner doesn’t need a few tips on that? I know I do. She also has monthly challenges that I find really interesting.
8. Making It
Hosted by Jimmy Diresta, Bob Clagett, and David Picciuto, Making It is a fun home and DIY podcast for people that enjoy making things with their hands. I really love the woodworking tips, and learn so much every episode. It’s clear that the hosts enjoy talking with each other, and I like exposing myself to ‘makers’ from different backgrounds and different passions. The more you know, the better a DIYer you’ll be.
9. The Modern Craftsman
Hosted by Nick Schiffer, Tyler Grace, and Johnny Hourihan, if you want to learn what it’s like to be a contractor or tradesman, then this is the home/DIY podcast for you. I’m the homeowner that’s always talking my tradesman’s ears off, so I LOVE this one. I’ll often ask my plumber or electrician how something works, and love hearing them explain it, so while some of what they cover in this podcast is over my head, that’s great – I get to learn so much.
10. Ace On The House
Imagine a carpenter that got fed up with working on houses, who then turned into a comedian, and started a call-in/write-in podcast. That’s Adam Carolla’s and Eric Stromer’s Ace On The House. There are lots of nuggets of knowledge, and it’s always interesting to listen to them tackle caller’s home improvement questions.
Home-related podcasts tend to be one of the hardest genres to discover new things in – there are gems, but they’re often buried deep in podcast players, and every recommendation list is the same. Not this list though – I’ve searched high and low for podcasts that I LOVE, and I’d bet there are one or two you haven’t heard of before here. Enjoy listening, and tell me if you find anything I’m missing out on!