Lee Wallender

Lee Wallender

Lee Wallender is a home improvement expert with 20 years of hands-on home remodeling, fixing, and improving experience, and over 13 years of experience in providing advice about home-related topics. 


  • 20+ years of architectural experience and home remodeling 
  • 12+ years of providing advice on home renovation and improvement
  • Has been cited in People, Huffington Post, Toolmonger, BuzzFeed, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and The Day
  • Articles have appeared on Forbes Advisor, ABC News, New Orleans Advocate, Cape Cod, The Good Men Project, and Fix.com


Lee has been in the home improvement and renovation space since 2000, when he remodeled his 1913 farmhouse-style home outside Washington, DC. After Washington, DC, Lee's work and writing took a dramatic shift in Seattle toward lower-cost, economical, homeowner-driven home remodeling.

Prior to the 2000s, Lee worked for the State of California at Hearst San Simeon State Park, otherwise known as Hearst Castle. At Hearst, he gained a deep knowledge of luxury residential building techniques from the 1920s to the late 1940s, as well as Renaissance, Gothic, and Art Deco art. Prior to Hearst, Lee lived in Mississippi, New Orleans and Savannah, Georgia. In Savannah, Lee worked at the historic Kehoe House, developing an interest in Southern architecture and continuing to pursue his passion for vernacular architecture. 

Today, Lee continues to write about home improvement and decor for The Spruce, as well as for other publications.


Lee received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California Lutheran University in 1986 and received his Master of Arts degree at The University of Southern Mississippi in 1992. 

Expertise: Home Improvement, Remodel, Design
Education: The University of Southern Mississippi
Location: Kirkland, Washington
Title: Home Improvement Expert

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