Decks

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 […]

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. […]

See Clearly with Tempered Glass Railings

See Clearly with Tempered Glass Railings

Even on a large deck or patio, railings can make you feel closed or boxed in. Think about the beauty and open-look of tempered glass railings and break out of that box. Installed in a wood or aluminum frame, tempered glass railings are the ultimate to provide safety and maintain […]

Slipping and Sliding On Vinyl Decks – Are They Safe?

Slipping and Sliding On Vinyl Decks – Are They Safe?

Many homeowners are looking to vinyl decks for a true maintenance free solution. PVC (or Polyvinyl Chloride) will last for decades without a drop of stain. But will your deck become dangerously slippery in the rain? A completely flat vinyl or plastic surface would surely become a hazard with any […]

Quick Deck Install Video

We pulled this video from Extreme-HowTo which gives a quick look at what it takes to replace your wood decking with a composite decking such as Fiberon, TimberTech, or Trex. It’s a fairly easy process but can be a bit labor intensive and will go much faster with help from […]

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 […]

Backyard Deck Swallows Tree

Backyard Deck Swallows Tree

This backyard deck is a bit too much for us. It’s a great concept designed by Thom Faulders and it’s obvious a lot of work was put into designing and building it but we prefer a calmer atmosphere when relaxing in the yard as opposed to one that makes you […]

Remodel Your Sun Room with Easy Updates

Remodel Your Sun Room with Easy Updates

This sun room remodel that we found on CasaSugar is awesome. No major changes but an update to the paint, flooring and walls created a much more inviting space to spend lazy afternoons. Some different window treatments and the room would be finished.

Make Your Own Candles or go with Candle Sleeves

Make Your Own Candles or go with Candle Sleeves

Fall is always a great time to bring out the candles. The warm flicker softens any room or outdoor area. ShelterPop highlights some make your own candle projects and our favorite are these diy hanging lanterns from Craftynest.

Home Depot Welcomes Martha Stewart and her Patio Sets and Organizing Bins

Home Depot Welcomes Martha Stewart and her Patio Sets and Organizing Bins

Breaking from @HomeDepot and @MarthaStewart Twitter accounts, their is a partnership brewing that will have Martha Stewart Living sell branded home improvement products in all Home Depot stores. Products in the outdoor-living category will launch in January in the U.S. and February in Canada, followed by products in the home-organization […]

An iPhone App You Wood Want

An iPhone App You Wood Want

iPhone apps for the remodeling and diy enthusiast are plentiful. There’s an app to pick a paint color and an app to level a shelf but we recently got a handy new app that is more educational than gimmick. This app from Double Dog Studios is a reference guide for […]

Has Your Deck Become a Nightmare?

Has Your Deck Become a Nightmare?

Would you go with your same decking materials again? Synthetic or wood or something else? There is a great debate going on over at FineHomeBuilding where builders are letting their opinions be known and it isn’t as one sided as you might think. Synthetic deck materials aren’t without issues and […]

Pamper Yourself with these Outdoor Showers

Pamper Yourself with these Outdoor Showers

There is nothing more refreshing than taking a cool shower outdoors. Unfortunately the only chance we get to do this is at a public shower near a beach which is great but wouldn’t it be nice to just cool off quickly in your own backyard without investing in a pool. […]

Easy Wood Stair Railing Repair and Install

Easy Wood Stair Railing Repair and Install

Safety is a top concern when building stairs and it all starts with solid footing and a stable hand rail. We want to expand on our previous article for installing wood stair railing by providing some great resources for building solid stairs and repairing broken railings and wobbly newel posts. […]

Prep Your Home for July 4th Festivities

Prep Your Home for July 4th Festivities

Summer is in full-swing and hopefully your backyard is ready for the first holiday event this weekend as we all celebrate our country’s independence on the 4th of July. We’ve gathered some helpful articles to help you prep your home and yard for friends, family, guests, and cooking for all […]

Roof Gardens Galore

Roof Gardens Galore

Chris from Apartment Therapy turned us onto a great new blog Our Brooklyn Roof Garden. The images found here make us long for New York again but we are still enjoying our outdoor space much more here in LA. Our downstairs neighbors kept a nice courtyard full of fresh flowers […]

Beautiful Open-Air Showers

Beautiful Open-Air Showers

This photo slideshow from Dwell shows some of the sharpest outdoor showers and baths we’ve ever seen. The settings certainly help (the mountain one) but they all are minimalist and tend to flow with the design of the home. Here is a simple outdoor shower you can build yourself.

Outdoor Deck Materials

Outdoor Deck Materials

It’s the middle of winter and you’re either freezing (if you’re in the Northeast or Midwest) or sweltering (here in Southern California). Either way it’s not to early to start considering what materials to use for the new deck you are planning to build this spring.

Front Porch Progress

Front Porch Progress

Curb appeal can be enhanced in many ways. We first like to consider what can be done with the existing landscape. Many times an afternoon spent pruning and trimming back overgrown trees and bushes can make the most difference. But sometimes a dramatic entrance such as a covered front porch […]

Green Building a Garden Shed

Green Building a Garden Shed

After reading this nice review of our site from Green Gate Ranch Remodel, we took some time to peruse their site and found a couple of great projects that are documented in an easy to follow step by step process.

Refinishing an Outdoor Deck

Refinishing an Outdoor Deck

If your deck has seen better days and is starting to fade, get fuzzy, or even splinter then you should consider refinishing your deck which consists of chemical stripping, power washing, sanding, and finally staining your deck. Here are some great resources for approaching this project and take precautions when […]