Build-It-Yourself

Building a Sandbox of Your Child’s Dreams

Building a Sandbox of Your Child’s Dreams

I don’t know about you, but as a kid, I spent the majority of my time in a sandbox. My favorite park in my hometown had a huge sandpit complete with child-sized, handle-operated “backhoes” with which we could dig and move sand for hours. Perhaps I missed my calling as […]

Etsy: Behind the Scenes

Etsy: Behind the Scenes

We just returned from a visit to the handmade center of the universe, Etsy. They recently moved to a fabulous location in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn and built out their own space in a large warehouse loft. In keeping with the do-it-yourself and handmade mantra, they’ve decorated the space […]

Make Mowing Easy with a Flagstone Edging Strip

Make Mowing Easy with a Flagstone Edging Strip

It’s the classic dilemma. You have a beautiful border garden around your patio or foundation. Bright blooms and neatly mulched beds compliment your lush green lawn. All is right with the world. But there is one major problem involving that narrow space where the garden meets the lawn. A space […]

Tommy Mac – Woodworker & Host of Rough Cut

Tommy Mac – Woodworker & Host of Rough Cut

Last month we got word that WGBH will be producing a new show focused on woodworking called Rough Cut with Tommy Mac. We’re fortunate to score an interview with Tommy Mac and had an opportunity to ask him some questions about his new show as well as his woodworking background […]

Luxury Treehouse Designs

Luxury Treehouse Designs

Treehouses have come a long way since the days of Little Rascals. There are now firms that specialize in designing luxury treehouses, many of which are built using sustainable materials and are of minimal impact to the environment. The best treehouse designs start with the tree which will provide the […]

5 Summer Projects Anyone Can Do

5 Summer Projects Anyone Can Do

Now that summer is officially here, we’ve got 5 projects that anyone can do that will improve your quality of summer living. Build a wooden trellis Install a screened in porch Make a glass ball chandelier

New Home Construction Slowing

New Home Construction Slowing

According to a recent report from CNN Money – home building is taking a break. They report that housing starts fell 10% last month. Forecasts may have originally been too optimistic. April was the last month in which first-time home buyers could qualify for a federal tax credit of up […]

Build a Wooden Trellis for Cheap and Save That Vine

Build a Wooden Trellis for Cheap and Save That Vine

It was a dark and stormy night… Oh wait, no it wasn’t. It was darkish. And overcast. And really stormy. But it was the middle of the day. And it was the last day to enjoy my mature honeysuckle vine standing strong on a faithful fan trellis. After almost a […]

Build It Better With DIY Shed Plans

Build It Better With DIY Shed Plans

Warm weather has this funny habit of creating a lot of clutter in the backyard. Gardening supplies get piled beside baseball bats and grass trimmers. You wonder if your garage is actually going to split at the seams. Looks like it’s about time you started that backyard shed project. Building […]

Chicken Cribs: The Next Design Frontier

Chicken Cribs: The Next Design Frontier

I’ve been hearing a lot about chickens lately. This post over at Design*Sponge got me thinking about the rising popularity in tending to our own gardens, growing our own food and now raising our own flock. I don’t have a yard but I would love to be able to raise […]

Enjoy a Pest Free Summer with a Screened Porch

Enjoy a Pest Free Summer with a Screened Porch

MINI Track recently contacted us regarding their do-it-yourself porch screen solutions. We love spending time outdoors in the summer but sometimes the little buggies can get too much and its nice to enjoy lunch/dinner in a screened porch area without worrying about flies and other pests. Here’s a testimonial from […]

Easy-to-Make Glass Ball Chandelier

Easy-to-Make Glass Ball Chandelier

I can’t get over how easy and amazing this do-it-yourself chandelier was that Small Notebook created – for only $70. They got the idea from the smart folks at Readymade. Here’s what you need: 18 4-inch glass bubble balls from CB2 ($2 each) 4 cord sets from IKEA ($4 each) […]

Shed Storage With Shelves and Stuff

Shed Storage With Shelves and Stuff

We keep all sorts of different things in our backyard sheds, from dangerous chemicals like gasoline and weed killer to sharp implements like pitch forks and harmless toys like basketballs. Any garage overflow and all of the yard necessities get stuffed into the shed. Wouldn’t it be nice to have […]

Go Bananas for a Raspberry Trellis

Go Bananas for a Raspberry Trellis

They are exceptionally easy to grow and even easier to eat. Raspberries are a favorite garden plant for many homeowners, both suburban and rural. Even city slickers can get into the act with raspberries grown in community gardens. Although there are plenty of different varieties, the main habit it similar […]

Building a Swing Set for Backyard Play

Building a Swing Set for Backyard Play

There’s just something about it – your hair whipping with the wind and your feet reaching for the clouds. Almost every kid loves to rise a swing, wild and free, and there is no better place for them to do that then their own backyard. Sure, you can pick up […]

Benefits of Deck Designs with Multi-Levels

Benefits of Deck Designs with Multi-Levels

Wood and composite decks have a distinct advantage over stone patios. With a wooden frame, it’s a simple thing to install more than one level, creating an attractive and usable space. Stone or paved patios can be done this way, but it requires retaining walls and possibly extensive excavation. With […]

Build Your Own Backyard Putting Green

Build Your Own Backyard Putting Green

The Masters begins play this week and besides all of the Tiger talk, it’s nice to think of the golf season starting again. If we had a bit more room and I valued my short game more, setting up a putting green in the back yard would be a fun […]

Choosing the Perfect Railing for your Deck Design

Choosing the Perfect Railing for your Deck Design

Not just for safety, deck railings can change the entire look of your yard. They can provide privacy or lend a contemporary feel. Railings can also direct traffic and compliment furniture and decor. You have a vast selection to choose from when it comes to railing styles and colors. Mix […]