Using corrugated steel panels we reclaimed our backyard privacy and did it in less than 2 hours.
Build or Buy
The best work bench is the one you build yourself.
You can build this basic sawhorse table in a couple of hours and have money leftover for a night out on the town.
When you need a planter box to fit a certain space then build it yourself
For some fun GoPro angles, use a pole mount and save some money by building it yourself instead of buying.
Replacing the shocks on your vehicle are an important piece of maintenance and fortunately it’s a job that you can do yourself.
Forget buying sawhorses and build your own sawhorses in your favorite color.
Every home needs a step stool but will you build or buy?
Picnic tables are cheap to buy but is it more fun to build and is the quality better?
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.
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 […]
Scare your neighbors with these easy to make Halloween silhouettes.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]