The mid-west is seeing it’s first big freeze of the winter and there is no doubt this will set the foundation for ice dams on many homes. An ice dam is created when snow accumulates on the roof and is then melted by the sun and radiant heat from the […]
photo: TroyBilt Consumer Search doesn’t just provide reviews but they review the reviews and provide insight beyond the marketing spiel. We’ve recently found them useful for reviewing the top leaf blowers available today. There are recommendations for each class of leaf blower, from gas to electric to compact style and […]
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 […]
Firepits bring an instant sense of community to any outdoor area. Maybe its our primitive impulse to sit around an open flame and take refuge in it’s warmth and safety, or we may just seek an excuse to talk to each other instead of sitting around the TV. Whatever your […]
Concrete patios can be the foundation for a brick patio but also serve as your primary outdoor surface. You’ll need the proper planning and supplies to finish this job but with some patience you’ll have an outdoor surface that should last for the lifetime of your home and require little […]
Make your own outdoor sink station is with a standard laundry room wash bin and an outdoor table.
There are plenty of computer programs that can assist you in choosing the right plans for your home or even assist you in designing the home yourself but there are fewer to help you with the curb appeal of your home. That’s where the Better Homes and Gardens Landscape and […]
We invest a lot of time and money in our decks, patios, and outdoor furniture. By adding a retractable awning you’ll be able to take advantage of your outside space on those hot days as well as give your skin a break while enjoying the outdoors. The Sunsetter 900XT is […]
Sticking with the storage theme this week, why not build your own shed. Once again we’ve found some great content from Popular Mechanics which includes a comprehensive plan for building your own wood shed. If you aren’t sure what materials to use for construction use this guide from DoItYourself.com.
Consumer Reports breaks down the differences between the low and high-end gas grills and what to look for when shopping for your new grill.
Wired Magazine reviews some of the latest electric lawn mowers and their top choice is the Sunlawn. It’s manageable weight, easy storage, and simple battery replacement give it the top scores and we also think it wins in the looks category with it’s throwback green handles and red blade. But […]
Among The New Yankee Workshop Projects we like the most are the classic Adirondack Chairs and Loveseat. For a sustainable touch use reclaimed wood such as old deck plank boards like the chairs above.
It’s proven that curb appeal counts a lot towards how soon and for how much your home will sell. With just a few minor and inexpensive changes to the outside of your home, you’ll raise the value that will most certainly result in a net gain when selling your home. […]
Extreme-HowTo has a DIY solution for building backyard planters. These planters are built using pressure-treated landscape timber and are great as vegetable gardens or flower beds.
Matt Navitsky of the Common Ground Alliance has informed us of a new nationwide phone number, 811. This number has been established by the FCC to protect underground utilities as well as DIY homeowners and professional excavators. Before any excavation project you are required to contact your local one-call center […]
Swimming pools are great fun but if the kids have moved out or you find yourself sunbathing less and less, you may want to consider turning the pool into another type of water fixture, a pond. This homeowner didn’t need a “natural” swimming pool but rather a minimum-maintenance pond that […]
The best way to clean your air? Get some houseplants! Forget the expensive air-filters or ugly ionizers. Select a few house plants that will not only improve the look of your room but also up the oxygen and cut down on pollutants. Fresh Living [Modern Cottage] Caring for Houseplants [Garden […]
Shelterrific has touched on kitsch gold. The venerable gnome. They can bring a touch of humor to any home and also a bit of luck. Get your gnome on here.
Here’s a tree pruning guide from easy2diy.com. Now is the best time to get your trees and shrubs into shape for Spring and Summer. Essentially, proper pruning is essential for a healthy and aesthetically pleasing tree. Pruning is needed when first planting a tree to control its growth and to […]
Landscaping your home should not be considered an afterthought if you are planning to upgrade the value of your home through remodeling or other renovation. A nicely appointed home landscape can also increase the speed and value at which your home sells. Before taking a run to your nearest nursery […]
We like thisbamboo composter we posted about on ReadyMade but if you need better aeration then check out this bin made of recycled black plastic that has plenty of holes to keep your compost growing.