Lee Wallender

Lee Wallender is a home improvement expert with several decades of hands-on home remodeling experience and over 12 years of experience at providing advice about home-related topics. He has over two decades of experience at hands-on remodeling, fixing, and improving homes and specializes in lower-cost home remodel techniques accessible to even novice do-it-yourselfers.

  • 12+ years of providing advice on home renovation and improvements
  • 20+ years of architectural experience and home remodeling 


In 2000, Lee first jumped into home renovation when he pulled back the carpet of his freshly-purchased 1913 farmhouse-style home in a Washington, DC suburb to determine if there was solid hardwood underneath. This was the tantalizing bug that prompted him to remodel the entire home, from top floor to crawlspace. 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. Earlier, Lee lived in East Africa, teaching high school in a rural community to the Kalenjin tribe.

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


As an undergraduate student in Southern California, Lee's fascination with unique (and in particular mid-century modern) architecture began. At a time when mid-century modern homes were being torn down, Lee first saw the beauty in unique, stylish homes designed by architects such as John Lautner and Joseph Eichler. Lee continued his education by pursuing a graduate degree in English at a prestigious creative writing program in the South. 

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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