Build or Buy

Build a Backyard Privacy Fence

Build a Backyard Privacy Fence

Using corrugated steel panels we reclaimed our backyard privacy and did it in less than 2 hours.

Build a Dream Work Bench

Build a Dream Work Bench

The best work bench is the one you build yourself.

How To Build a Sawhorse Table

How To Build a Sawhorse Table

You can build this basic sawhorse table in a couple of hours and have money leftover for a night out on the town.

How to Build a Custom Planter Box

How to Build a Custom Planter Box

When you need a planter box to fit a certain space then build it yourself

Do-It-Yourself GoPro Pole Mount

Do-It-Yourself GoPro Pole Mount

For some fun GoPro angles, use a pole mount and save some money by building it yourself instead of buying.

How to Change Your Own Shocks

How to Change Your Own Shocks

Replacing the shocks on your vehicle are an important piece of maintenance and fortunately it’s a job that you can do yourself.

How To Build DIY Gold Sawhorses

How To Build DIY Gold Sawhorses

Forget buying sawhorses and build your own sawhorses in your favorite color.

Build or Buy: Step Stool

Build or Buy: Step Stool

Every home needs a step stool but will you build or buy?

Build or Buy: Picnic Table

Build or Buy: Picnic Table

Picnic tables are cheap to buy but is it more fun to build and is the quality better?

Why You Should Rent a Pressure Washer

Why You Should Rent a Pressure Washer

There are some household tasks where tool rental is the best option so instead of dropping big bucks consider a rental at a fraction of the cost.

Build It Yourself: Surfboard Storage Rack

Build It Yourself: Surfboard Storage Rack

Since moving to LA from NYC last year I thought I’d be doing a lot more surfing. It hasn’t worked out like that. As soon as the water got warm the waves went flat. I guess that’s par for the course in Southern California. Even if I don’t hit the […]

How to Build Halloween Silhouettes For a Spooky Yard

How to Build Halloween Silhouettes For a Spooky Yard

Scare your neighbors with these easy to make Halloween silhouettes.

Build a Fire Ring Pit With Stone and Sweat

Build a Fire Ring Pit With Stone and Sweat

If you are looking for inspiration in home design, Houzz is a great place to start. They have more than 500,000 photos from designers that you can clip and save in your “ideabook” for easy reference. Houzz also has some great editorial pieces that cover remodeling and do-it-yourself projects. One […]

DIY Backyard Smoker

DIY Backyard Smoker

There are a lot of plans available for building backyard BBQ grills but this is this is the first do-it-yourself smoker we’ve seen and it’s courtesy of Popular Mechanics. They’ve provided a great step-by-step tutorial that requires a few tools such as a drill and cutter but otherwise it’s really […]

Build Your Own Container Garden

Build Your Own Container Garden

One of the disadvantages to living in a loft, apartment or condo is the lack of outdoor space. As a Kansas City loft dweller, I find myself lamenting my lack of balcony or patio on a daily basis, especially now that gardening season is in full swing and I crave […]

Build Your Own Window Boxes

Build Your Own Window Boxes

My grandma, an avid gardener, has plant beds all around her home. Yet one of my favorite memories is of her window boxes, which were perched on her home’s front windows and spilled over with brightly colored flowers, usually geraniums. Window boxes are ideal for flowers, herbs and other smaller […]

Turn Up The Heat With A DIY Backyard Fire Pit

Turn Up The Heat With A DIY Backyard Fire Pit

Summer is far from over. But as the sun sets a little earlier each day, bonfires are starting to take center stage on the schedule. You don’t need to head for the beach or campground to host a bonfire. Build a fire pit in your backyard for a convenient place […]

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 […]

Create Easy Home Access with a Wooden Ramp

Create Easy Home Access with a Wooden Ramp

For whatever reason, you may find out that your home needs better accessibility. Stairs are difficult and dangerous when you’re in a wheelchair. Tackle the problem yourself by building a simple wooden ramp up to the entrance way. Wood is much cheaper and more convenient than a poured concrete ramp. […]

How To Build a Home – 3 Things You Must Consider

How To Build a Home – 3 Things You Must Consider

A reader recently submitted this question that we feel could be helpful to a lot of other first-time home builders. My wife and I live in a small suburban condo but dream of building our own house someday. We hope that staying here another year or two will help us […]

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 […]