Some progressive homeowners have installed dirt floors but here’s an interesting article that takes natural building a step further and is all about about earthen construction and the movement towards building with dirt and non-toxic materials.
Beyond learning the step-by-step to hang an interior door, how did you gain the confidence to handle a drill and learn the skills to choose the proper bit? The fundamentals of do-it-yourself start with the confidence it takes tackle a project and the willingness to learn as you go. Those […]
Now that you’ve built your own wine rack (or if you haven’t check out the “how-to” here) you’re going to need a project for all those wine corks that’ll be piling up. Here’s the perfect solution: a wine cork board! Instead of a regular old cork board for notes and […]
A DIY retaining wall may seem like a large undertaking, but with this how-to guide from Hometime.com it doesn’t sound so bad. They outline some tips for installing the foundation, the first row and, of course, subsequent rows. Interlocking concrete blocks are the materials recommended for do-it-yourselfers.
For the woodworkers out there we’ve found another great resource called Lumberjocks. Here you can post photos of your own projects and have other users view and discuss them. Such as this amazing box of drawers, cedar gates, and jewelry case. Site users called “Jocks” can befriend other jocks and […]
Not everyone has the space nor the resources for a full out wine cellar, but Our House came up with this easy DIY wine rack. This works as not just a great option to house your wine bottle collection, but when displayed in your living room, entry way or kitchen, […]
This is a great Build-It-Yourself workbench. The designer of these plans spent a lot of time studying the features he liked and didn’t like about retail work benches and when it came to design his own work bench he ended up with plans that almost mimic the traditional work benches […]
This shoe rack is a perfect example of inspired ingenuity. The design for this shoe rack (courtesy of DWR) is brilliant as it takes up no space and keeps shoes off the floor thereby reducing clutter and dirt. NotMartha has built it herself and it makes for a great afternoon […]
The Newbury 1933-1940 (Model No. 3397); ($1,791 to $2,042) Shelterrific has highlighted an article from Cottage Living about a family living in their 1930’s Sears Kit House. The Sears archives has some more great information about these homes which were sold through mail order from 1908 to 1940. They estimate […]
You can build your own backyard firepit – it’s easier than you think
HGTV of Canada has listed Six Deadly Sins of DIY Projects that we should all be wary of. We would add a seventh called “Expectations” as the honeymoon of a project will quickly wear off when expectations of time, money, and finished results are not met. We aren’t suggesting you […]
Here’s a great little folding table that is perfect for those tight spaces and areas where you only sometimes need a table but otherwise have no room for a permanent piece of furniture. Sounds like a perfect fit for a NYC apartment.
These DIY inventions are mostly impractical and silly but some of them are definitely entertaining.
Fall finally feels like it’s arrived here in New York and soon the leaves will start dropping in droves. In an afternoon you can build this huge compost bin made of basic shipping pallets (easy to find from a warehouse or big box retailer) that will hold the compost pile […]
Here’s a weekend project that can teach you some principles of sustainable living by building your very own solar water heater.
This table looks like fun…for maybe 5 minutes. Actually if this wasn’t the centerpiece of your living space I can see it working in a kids play room or game room
For some women (and men) DIY and home improvement doesn’t come naturally. But here are 5 great reasons to start doing-it-yourself.
We’ve found a great how-to guide for wood working called Lee’s Wood Projects that includes many wood working plans that are ambitious for the beginner but manageable by anyone with time and tools. Our favorites are the classic outdoor picnic table, toy box, and wooden planter.
Hammerzone has a great build-it-yourself workbench that can be made for under $20 and will be as sturdy as any bench you’ll find. You may want to check out the more detailed version of this project if you’ve never tackled a woodworking project before.
Take your ingenuity and power tools to the next level and get competitive.
We’ve presented some techniques for building interior walls but overwhelmingly the material of choice is now metal/steel studs. Besides saving trees, metal studs have many advantages over traditional lumber. They don’t shrink or split and are always perfectly straight. They’re also light and easy to store; they resist fire, insects […]