Outdoors

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.

Dog Urine and Your Lawn

Dog Urine and Your Lawn

We love dogs. In fact it’s tough to imagine life without the furry creatures. But there are a few drawbacks, specifically to your outside landscape. Beyond the bad habits of digging, scratching, and chewing, all dogs must pee and hopefully they do it outside. Unfortunately the nitrogen rich urine will […]

Build Your Own: Bat House

Build Your Own: Bat House

photo: Yaquina Bird houses are so 2008. Be bold and bring in the new year with a bat house. The fact that 1 brown bat can consume up to 1,000 mosquitoes per hour should be enough motivation to consider setting up a bat house.

Decorating with Hanging Lights for Christmas

Decorating with Hanging Lights for Christmas

photo: wishymom We’ll leave the decor ideas and inspiration to the experts but we do know a little something about safety when it comes to hanging your outdoor Christmas lights.

Winterize a Swimming Pool

Winterize a Swimming Pool

Unless you live in the Southwest, winter has already hit you hard and this article may have arrived a bit late for you but MonkeySee has some informative home improvement videos and we found this video for winterizing your swimming pool particularly helpful.

Gutter Repair and Installation

Gutter Repair and Installation

Water runoff management is important to protecting your home. When water is allowed to settle bad things happen. Here are some links for installing, cleaning, and repairing your water gutters. Patch a Rain Gutter Gutter Maintenance Gutter Tongs – Cleaning Tool

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 […]

Beautify Your Patio Bench

Beautify Your Patio Bench

What does it take to transform a non-descript concrete and brick patio? Handmade by Alissa made a seat cushion and created some pillows of interesting fabric to instantly upgrade her outdoor area. The sad before pic after the jump.

Lancaster Conservatories and Sunrooms

Lancaster Conservatories and Sunrooms

We recently discovered Lancaster Conservatories. They offer DIY or professionally installed Sunrooms, Conservatories, and Greenhouses that blend into the character of your home. Their conservatory and sunroom kits are comprehensive and can be installed by one of their certified dealers, the contractor of your choice, or by the homeowner. The […]

How To Board Up Your Windows Preparing for a Storm

How To Board Up Your Windows Preparing for a Storm

As hurricane Irene is approaching the Eastern seaboard, residents in low-laying areas must seek higher ground immediately and have little time to prepare their homes for the storm. But for those homeowners who are sticking it out through the hurricane or live in areas that aren’t under an evacuation order […]

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.

Build a Custom Dog House

Build a Custom Dog House

We just “rescued” a puppy from a family member who could no longer care for her and even though she’s a handful and we can no longer sleep in, we love her and are ready to start considering outside shelter for her in the form of a dog house. We’d […]

Fix Those Potholes Yourself

Fix Those Potholes Yourself

Winter after winter can wreak havoc on your driveway. Whether it’s potholes or just cracks, you can fill them in yourself with EZ Street. This site offers all the information you’ll need to prepare and then fill in your holes with their product.

Roof Lines Revisited

Roof Lines Revisited

If you’ve never built a house and would like to follow along with someone else who is just as inexperienced as you, then check out this house blog. They are at the point of building their roof and have gone with a gable design.

Rainy Day Solutions

Rainy Day Solutions

It’s a rainy day here in NYC which reminds us of all the fun projects that rain and water bring to homeowners. Enjoy this eclectic selection from Charles & Hudson. + Flood Prevention for Your Home + Preventing Driveway and Landscape Erosion + Quick Fixes for Basement Flooding + Installing […]

Locating Your Property Lines

Locating Your Property Lines

Before starting that outdoor project such as building a shed or laying pavers, you may want to check to see where your property line is so you avoid any complications down the road from neighbors or other property owners who feel you are infringing on their property.

Build It Yourself: Sign Table

Build It Yourself: Sign Table

We’re always looking for interesting ways to repurpose common goods into everyday items and this sign table certainly fits the bill. The sign was salvaged from a junkyard and the remaining structure is mostly plywood.

Are Shingle Warranties Relevant?

Are Shingle Warranties Relevant?

Earlier this week we discovered a homeowner who was going through the process of selecting cedar siding for his home. One of his considerations for selecting siding was durability and the same can be said for roofing shingles many of which are sold with warranties that may sound great but […]