Build-It-Yourself

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 […]

Born Again: Refurbishing a Handcrafted Family Sofa

Born Again: Refurbishing a Handcrafted Family Sofa

My dad made this sofa when I was just a toddler. It sat in our living room for years, and at eight feet long, it was the centerpiece of everything from family photos to teenage sleepovers. I suspect my dad built it more out of necessity than desire. In the […]

Deck Designs that Make a Home for Your BBQ

Deck Designs that Make a Home for Your BBQ

People love to party on the patio. Whether it’s the whole gang or just your family, enjoying food under the warm sun is a popular pastime. And the BBQ is at center stage. So why not consider deck designs that give your BBQ pride of place? There are plenty of […]

Deck Designs Get Cozy With Privacy Screens

Deck Designs Get Cozy With Privacy Screens

As popular as outdoor living areas have become, there’s often one essential thing missing when lounging on your backyard deck. Privacy. Many suburbanites love their wood or composite decks and would hang out there all day. But sometimes tanning, having a romantic dinner or just chatting with friends on the […]

Delicious DIY Furniture

Delicious DIY Furniture

This do-it-yourself pallet bench from Casasugar caught our eye. The rest of this gallery is also amazing!

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 3: Different Kinds of Brick Walls & Mortar Joints

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 3: Different Kinds of Brick Walls & Mortar Joints

When you talk about curb appeal and changing the exterior of your home, usually simple things like landscaping, fencing, and walkways come to mind. However, have you ever thought about what it would take to dramatically change the exterior facade of your home? Well, I have, and I’d like to […]

Vertical Gardens Are Here!

Vertical Gardens Are Here!

You heard it here first when we called this trend coming to the States! A Cup of Jo spotted San Francisco florist Flora Grubb’s vertical DIY panels. Here’s what they say: You can buy 20″x20″ trays that contains 45 slanted planting cells to support plants and soil once mounted on […]

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 2: Can (or should) Vinyl Siding Become Brick?

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 2: Can (or should) Vinyl Siding Become Brick?

When you talk about curb appeal and changing the exterior of your home, usually simple things like landscaping, fencing, and walkways come to mind. However, have you ever thought about what it would take to dramatically change the exterior facade of your home? Well, I have, and I’d like to […]

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 1: Changing the Exterior of Your Home

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 1: Changing the Exterior of Your Home

When you talk about curb appeal and changing the exterior of your home, usually simple things like landscaping, fencing, and walkways come to mind. However, have you ever thought about what it would take to dramatically change the exterior facade of your home? Well, I have, and I’d like to […]

Build Your Own Patio Planter from Wood or Concrete

Build Your Own Patio Planter from Wood or Concrete

A perfect project for spring, building a planter box for your patio is simple and easy. Customize it to the shape and size you need and compliment your backyard landscape. Wooden Planter Boxes For a rustic or sleek look, use wood to build a planter. It’s possible to make almost […]

Pavestone Walkways Lead to Private Nooks

Pavestone Walkways Lead to Private Nooks

The beauty of a path is that it directs you (obviously). But a well built and properly designed path can do so much more for your home. Pavestone is the perfect material to use for your walkway. These handy, pre-formed cement pavers can give you the look of anything from […]

DIY Concrete Countertops Are Easier Than You Think

DIY Concrete Countertops Are Easier Than You Think

The beauty and strength of a concrete countertop can be yours with planning, some basic materials and a little patience. Create a beautiful, unique piece of art for your kitchen or bathroom with a DIY concrete countertop. Start With the Template A lot of the work in making concrete countertops […]