Outdoors

Our Hot Tub Time Machines

Our Hot Tub Time Machines

In the vein of great time travel comedies such as Back to the Future and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the curiously named Hot Tub Time Machine opens Friday. For some reason we want to see this film on opening night. Maybe it’s the time machine concept that is so […]

An Unlikely Glass Garden Shed

An Unlikely Glass Garden Shed

I am so glad that Treehugger spotted this garden shed in World Architecture News, called The Wendy House. I read about so many new green designs and eco-homes that it takes a lot for something to take my breath away. But Amir Sanei’s renders me speechless. Situated in his own […]

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 […]

Repair Advice for Winter Damaged Stone Patios

Repair Advice for Winter Damaged Stone Patios

Spring is a time for new beginnings and fresh air. It’s also the time to get out on the patio and notice the toll that freezing temperatures have taken on your patio. Brick Patio Problems Maybe you left your heavy umbrella stand or BBQ out on your brick patio over […]

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 […]

Shake Winter Off of Your Deck or Patio

Shake Winter Off of Your Deck or Patio

When spring comes and the snow melts away, dirt and grime are bound to be left behind. Pick a sunny day and get outside to give the deck or patio a good cleaning. Make sure that the temperature is high enough to avoid freezing the diluted cleaning solution. 1) Gently […]

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 […]

Weedy Situation

Weedy Situation

I took a recent trip over to the L.A. Times home blog where Emily Green, author of The Dry Garden column, takes on a nasty topic: weeds. The topic of weeds reminds me of summer vacations and getting “punished” for who-knows-what. I can never remember why I’d get in trouble […]

New Obsession: Treehouse Point

New Obsession: Treehouse Point

I highly doubt I’m the only one out there that’s had Swiss Family Robinson fantasies growing up. There’s something so exotic about living in a tree. Thanks to ShelterPop for showcasing some photos of the lodge, located in Issaquah, Washington. Built by renowned treehouse builder Pete Nelson and his wife […]

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 […]

How to Repair Heaved Fence Posts

How to Repair Heaved Fence Posts

Winter can be rough on your fence. As the frost leaves the ground and you start to wander around the backyard, you may notice that some of your fence posts have moved around. Is your fence leaning? Are their sections snapped off or threatening to? Does your gate take heavy […]

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 […]

Bulldozing Detroit for Farmland

Bulldozing Detroit for Farmland

It’s not uncommon knowledge that one of the hardest hit areas of the recession was Detroit, the center of the now-barely-afloat automotive industry. The housing sector has been almost completely obliterated within the city limits — whole blocks of once-thriving neighborhood has been reduced to vacant, abandoned homes left to […]

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 […]

Cheap Hot Water With Solar Power

Cheap Hot Water With Solar Power

Solar energy can be used for more than just generating electricity. More homeowners are discovering how solar energy can be captured to do what it does best and that is heat water. According to the Wall Street Journal, in many cases, all it takes to offset two-thirds of your hot […]

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 […]

Water Logged? 5 Steps to Proper Lawn Drainage

Water Logged? 5 Steps to Proper Lawn Drainage

Is your yard full of puddles, soggy and squishy? Do your kids and dog like to splash around on the grass after a rainstorm? Chances are that you have lawn drainage issues. Better fix them fast or else you could lose your grass, damage your gardens and even risk water […]

Bamboozled? Turn Excess Cuttings into an Ornamental Border

Bamboozled? Turn Excess Cuttings into an Ornamental Border

Did you know that bamboo grows faster than any other plant on earth? The owners and tenders of this perennial evergreen understand this fact all too well. Not only can giant varieties reach heights upwards of 100 feet, but also bamboo has been known to surge two feet or more […]

Protect Your Home’s Gutters with GutterMonster

Protect Your Home’s Gutters with GutterMonster

In Kansas City, each of the four seasons isn’t shy about making itself known to residents, whether that means 100-degree temperatures with 90 percent humidity or a below-zero plunge and an ice storm. To protect your home’s gutters year-round, consider the GutterMonster system, an unobtrusive gutter guard that boasts a […]

Kansas City Roofer Predicts Green Roofing Trends

Kansas City Roofer Predicts Green Roofing Trends

Roofing is arguably one of the most important parts of your home, a vital structural piece that not only protects your home’s interior but also aids in insulation, energy circulation and temperature regulation. While at the Greater Kansas City Home Show, I stopped to chat with Michael Vaught of Larry […]