Build-It-Yourself

Easy Wood Stair Railing Repair and Install

Easy Wood Stair Railing Repair and Install

Safety is a top concern when building stairs and it all starts with solid footing and a stable hand rail. We want to expand on our previous article for installing wood stair railing by providing some great resources for building solid stairs and repairing broken railings and wobbly newel posts. […]

DIY Home Burials

DIY Home Burials

The DIY mentality has taken hold of some who prefer to be buried on their own terms which typically means a home built coffin and a resting place on their personal property. One of the strangest businesses that has risen from this trend is the coffin maker whose work often […]

Build Your Own Table with Reusable Lumber

Build Your Own Table with Reusable Lumber

This build-it-yourself table by a first time furniture builder is one of the sharpest we’ve seen in a long time. The construction and craftsmanship look like that of an experienced builder. They explain the process which includes re-usable materials. This is a table built out of old pine & fir […]

DIY Gardening – Indoor Terrarium

DIY Gardening – Indoor Terrarium

@nakedapartments shared this quick and easy indoor terrarium project. It should take you less than an hour and cost about $20. Low investment for a unique and pretty addition to any room. Here’s what you need to get started.

Build-It-Yourself: Wood Patio Planter

Build-It-Yourself: Wood Patio Planter

Our planter box (above) didn’t come out quite as nice as we had hoped but next time we’ll be sure to follow these great instructions from Danny Lipford for building a patio planter. He recommends pressure treated pine and if you’ve got the right tools you could finish this project […]

Flower Planters from Paper Stands

Flower Planters from Paper Stands

These paper stand planters are one to make use of objects that are considered a blight in many urban areas. Street corners in the west village are littered with abandoned paper stands, some of which have content that’s questionable in a neighborhood with small children running around. Many times these […]

Joining Wood Planks has Never Been Easier

Joining Wood Planks has Never Been Easier

There are a number of different ways to attach wood plans together. Some techniques are easier but less effective while other ways are more time consuming but create a more solid joint. The JessEm Zip Slot Mortise Mill from Woodcraft aims to make creating wood frame joints both easy and […]

Construction Chic: Safety Light Chandelier

Construction Chic: Safety Light Chandelier

The Design Dish has come up with a chic spin on construction safety lights. Why not use a bunch of them to pull together a utilitarian looking chandelier! They’ve priced out some options and if you decide to make one send us photos and we’ll post them.

10 Summer Backyard Projects

10 Summer Backyard Projects

A great goal this summer would be to finish your backyard projects this Spring so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor throughout the entire summer. But this means you have to get on your horse now and start cracking! Here are 10 backyard projects that take little […]

Setup Your own Water Supply with a Rain Barrel

Setup Your own Water Supply with a Rain Barrel

One of our favorite new home blogs is This Young House and their recent rain barrel project shows step-by-step how to find the barrel, make the spout, and position it properly in your yard. If you don’t have the time or inclination to monitor a rain barrel then you could […]

Easy Cabinet Makeover: Add Pulls and Paint

Easy Cabinet Makeover: Add Pulls and Paint

Craigslist flat out rules for finding all types of home furnishings and CasaSugar highlights a members how-to for making over her cabinet. This time, she’s made over an armoire she bought off of Craigslist for $100 with a can of paint and some chic door handles. First, she removed the […]

Time to Do-It-Yourself

Time to Do-It-Yourself

As news about the economy worsens we try to stay positive and focused on the expenses we can control. The outlook at big box retailers such as Home Depot and Lowes have not been good but that should translate into savings for homeowners looking to buy materials at a better […]

Build-It-Yourself: Bunk Bed Side Table

Build-It-Yourself: Bunk Bed Side Table

This project comes to us from Carlito’s Contraptions up on Montreal, Canada. He’s built an ingenious side table for the top sleeper of a bunk bed that allows a rigid platform to hold drinks, magazines, flashlights, etc., but can be folded back as not to be a hindrance to the […]

Build Your Own: Bat House

Build Your Own: Bat House

photo: Yaquina Bird houses are so 2008. Be bold and bring in the new year with a bat house. The fact that 1 brown bat can consume up to 1,000 mosquitoes per hour should be enough motivation to consider setting up a bat house.

Modern Day Mountain Cabins

Modern Day Mountain Cabins

Contemporary homes can make the best mountain cabins. Set deep into nature, their clean lines accentuate a wild setting.

Build-It-Yourself: Brick BBQ Grill

Build-It-Yourself: Brick BBQ Grill

It’s getting a bit cool for outdoor grilling but if you’re still up for it and live in a warm climate then BBQ is always an option. If you are need to get your grill on but have no grill why not build your own.

You’re Never to Young to DIY!

You’re Never to Young to DIY!

It’s never too early to introduce the next generation to the joys of DIY! A good way to start might be with a project from foldschool.

Lancaster Conservatories and Sunrooms

Lancaster Conservatories and Sunrooms

We recently discovered Lancaster Conservatories. They offer DIY or professionally installed Sunrooms, Conservatories, and Greenhouses that blend into the character of your home. Their conservatory and sunroom kits are comprehensive and can be installed by one of their certified dealers, the contractor of your choice, or by the homeowner. The […]