Jeff V. writes:
I just came across this budget-minded DIY site and I thought you and your readers would be interested in it.
Curbly bills itself as a “web community for people who love where they live”. It’s a site designed to help users create do-it-yourself projects to improve their home and environment. In a way, it’s a social community designed to help people with home-improvement.
The site includes the following sections:
- How-To — Articles describe how to make an easy photo wall on a shoe-string budget, how to make a chalkboard wall, refurbishing a $3 garage sale table, or even how to flip a house in 90 days.
- Inspiration — Here you can find ideas for future projects. Do you like the idea of living in a comic strip? Want advice on building a look around one great piece? Can you draw inspiration from wood?
- News — DIY and crafts current events such as the No-Coast Craft-o-Rama. This section also contains feature stories, such as the one on dinky dwellings (very small houses), or this video about the look of the 1950s.
- Questions — A place for users to get help from the community. There are all sorts of questions here: Why can’t I find sliding doors anymore? Where do I find big, beautiful art that is inexpensive? How do I add more light to a dark living room?
- There’s even a discussion forum where users can kibbitz about DIY stuff.
Curbly makes full use of modern web trends like tagging and buddy lists. (Kind of like Flickr but for home improvement?) The site is new, but the community is growing. It seems like a fantastic resource for people looking for creative home-improvement ideas on a budget.
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