Build-It-Yourself

Use Wasted Space: Install your Shed on a Slope

Use Wasted Space: Install your Shed on a Slope

If you have a sloped backyard, don’t despair. You won’t necessarily be destined for terraced gardens or mowing sideways for all time. Consider using some of the space for a shed. Transform barely usable lawn into much needed storage by following these six steps. 1. You need to start with […]

How To Disguise a Litter Box

How To Disguise a Litter Box

If you’re a cat owner like me, then litter boxes just may be the bane of your existence. I didn’t so much mind it when I lived in a three-bedroom apartment, but after relocating to a downtown Kansas City loft last summer, I found myself with a predicament: minimal storage […]

How To Install a Retaining Wall (So It Won’t Fall Over)

How To Install a Retaining Wall (So It Won’t Fall Over)

If you have the need to retain soil or prevent erosion, a wall may be just the thing. Any projects under 18″ in total height are simple and straightforward. Once you go over that height the project becomes more complicated, but with the proper machinery and prep, it’s still entirely […]

What it Takes to Install a Skylight

What it Takes to Install a Skylight

Before beginning any project, be sure to consult with your state and building codes. Also be sure to follow proper safety precautions, when you’re installing the skylight. After you choose your skylight, curb-mounted or frame in place, you will then need to know how to install it. First gather your […]

How To Build Your Very Own Home

How To Build Your Very Own Home

As new home sales have plunged this year, the rate of custom homes being built has remained steady. Many homeowners are looking for more than a box in a master planned community but rather a home that has their own personal taste built right into it and from the ground […]

Check the Frost Line Before Digging Footings

Check the Frost Line Before Digging Footings

If you’re going to build your own deck one of the first considerations after you’ve laid out your posts is how deep your footings should be set. This is determined by the frost line in your area and the map above (courtesy of Home Depot Outdoor Projects) should give you […]

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 Your Own Skate Ramp

Build Your Own Skate Ramp

It was the summer of 1988 and Steve Alba and Christian Hosoi seemed to be on cover of every Thrasher magazine. My days were spent hanging out at the local skate shop coveting the latest deck from the Bones Brigade and devouring skate videos featuring my favorite skater, Lance Mountain. […]

4 Skills You Must Teach Your Kids: How-To Build a Fence

4 Skills You Must Teach Your Kids: How-To Build a Fence

I want my kids to know how to build a fence. Not a sloppy, patchwork, post-embedded-8-inches-deep fence, but a solid, sturdy, wind-defying mecca of pickets and rails.

Build It Yourself: Cyclone Dust Collector

Build It Yourself: Cyclone Dust Collector

Over at Lumberjocks you can peruse a ton of user submitted projects. Most of them are woodworking. Some masterpieces and some questionable but all home grown. This homemade cyclone dust collector caught our eye as it’s a unique problem solving tool that many builders would love to have in their […]

Scrap Wood to Awesome Table

Scrap Wood to Awesome Table

Re-Nest turned us onto this amazing DIY table built from scraps of wood gathered from an industrial area of decaying buildings. With the help of some friends a little know-how this table is now ready to serve Thanksgiving dinner for 10. Only tools needed are: a table saw, a circular […]

How To Turn Your Cabinet Faces to Glass

How To Turn Your Cabinet Faces to Glass

If you want a dramatic change to your kitchen, consider adding a glass front to a few of your cabinet doors. Make sure the insides of the cabinet are painted properly and look good and the stemware and dishes in the cabinet are what you’d like to display. Transforming your […]

Norm Abram Bids Farewell to New Yankee Workshop

Norm Abram Bids Farewell to New Yankee Workshop

The big news in the woodworking and diy world today was that Norm Abram, long-time host of This Old House and New Yankee Workshop, will cease production of New Yankee workshop but continue his work as the master carpenter on This Old House. Apparently the New Yankee Workshop website will […]

How To Patina a Mirror for that French Bistro Look

How To Patina a Mirror for that French Bistro Look

We recently contributed to TimeOut New York’s Home Design 2009 issue which hit newsstands today. We’re featured in the Steal This Idea section for creating a patina mirror just like you’ve seen on the walls of your favorite French bistro (We prefer Le Singe Vert over Schiller’s any night). Pick […]

Victorian Staircase is Reborn in San Francisco

Victorian Staircase is Reborn in San Francisco

We want to share one of our favorite new houseblogs, San Fran Vic. The homeowners have chronicled the ongoing restoration of their 1890′s Victorian home in San Francisco. They’ve done amazing work so far and we are particularly stricken by their staircase renovation which they’ve laid out in 7 blog […]

Coping with Frustrating Fixes – When You Just Want To Quit

Coping with Frustrating Fixes – When You Just Want To Quit

Before you decide to stick your head in the oven over a frustrating fix, read these tips from Deren for coping with projects that don’t always go as planned. I could see it coming, clear as day. My precious son, apple of my eye, joy of my life, first-born child, […]

Top 21 Build-It-Yourself Projects

Top 21 Build-It-Yourself Projects

We’ve got a ton of build-it-yourself projects available in our archives and but we’ve gone ahead and pulled your favorite 21. Grab your hammer and get to work! 1. Build Your Own Outdoor Shower 2. Build or Demolish an Interior Door 3. Build Your Own Garden Box 4. Build a […]

Home Depot and Lowes Go For the Small Time DIY Projects

Home Depot and Lowes Go For the Small Time DIY Projects

According to this article from the New York Times, Home Depot and Lowes are adjusting their focus and getting in tune with the consumers reluctance to take on larger remodeling projects and instead focus on smaller diy projects around the home. While the recession has caused consumers to pull the […]