Outdoors

Cedar Siding Shingles

Cedar Siding Shingles

The Times Union out of Albany, NY, has a great home improvement blog on their website that is edited by Joe Keegan who chronicles the home improvement of his 1883 Shingle-Style home. Recently Joe tackled the task of replacing his wood shingles with new cedar shingles. He shares the cedar […]

Green Siding Options

Green Siding Options

Calfinder brings us some green siding options any of which are a great alternative to vinyl but they all have drawbacks as well as positives. I think our favorite of the bunch is fiber cement siding that looks like wood and costs just a bit more than vinyl but less […]

Build It Yourself: Garden Arbor

Build It Yourself: Garden Arbor

Need a bit of shade that still provides great ventilation and indirect sunlight? Consider building a garden arbor. Calfinder lays out the materials needed and step-by-step instructions that will have you sitting in the shade in no time.

Stylish House Numbers

Stylish House Numbers

Clearly marking your address is not only good form to allow guests and deliveries to easily find you but also increases the likelihood that the fire department or police know exactly where to go. There are a myriad of house number options and Shelterrific has found quite a few great […]

Removing Peeling Paint from a Retaining Wall

Removing Peeling Paint from a Retaining Wall

The gals at housemade took a pressure washer to their front retaining wall which besides peeling paint is a necessary element for their plant beds. We’ve seen how well pressure washers clear walkways of slippery moss and other debris but they are also effective at removing peeling paint from masonry, […]

Drywell Rebuild with the Help of Oakum

Drywell Rebuild with the Help of Oakum

The folks at Chicago 2-Flat tore up a concrete slab in their backyard to discover a 100-year old drywell located just next to the house. They considered setting up rain barrels as the only gutter drained into this drywell but decided against this due to the weather and limited space […]

Efflorescence: The Chalky Stuff on your Concrete

Efflorescence: The Chalky Stuff on your Concrete

Efflorescence is a very common and somewhat mysterious ailment effecting masonry construction including brick, concrete, and mortars. It occurs when water moving through a sidewalk or other structure brings salts to the surface that are not commonly bound as part of the cement stone. As the water evaporates, it leaves […]

Laying a Flagstone Walkway

Laying a Flagstone Walkway

So many of the beautiful homes in the magazines we read have gorgeous flagstone walkways or patios but it’s been tough finding the proper instructions for installing flagstones ourselves.

Build an Outdoor Shower

Build an Outdoor Shower

If you decide to build an outdoor shower its easier than you think. An outdoor shower can complement a pool or just be used as a way to rinse off so as not to track any dirt into the house after a day in the garden. Plus, in the summer […]

Fix a Sagging Wooden Swing Gate

Fix a Sagging Wooden Swing Gate

It’s time to fix that sagging wooden gate that scrapes along the ground. Until this is remedied it will continue to mark your pathway as well as damage the bottom of your gate and place unnecessary stress on the hinges and planks. There are some kits available that can be […]

Drainage Solution: Pervious Concrete

Drainage Solution: Pervious Concrete

The New York Times Green Issue highlighted Chicago’s use of pervious concrete in an ongoing project called Green Alley’s which is a renovation of the pavement in the cities alley space from impervious concrete to permeable concrete that is also high albedo.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Now that most of us are enjoying the highly anticipated spring season, the focus turns to outdoor projects, including gardening. Yet depending on your yard space, time commitment and gardening skill, planning and executing an outdoor oasis can be daunting, to say the least. Whether you’re working with a blank […]

DIY Maven: Faux Stone Pavers

DIY Maven: Faux Stone Pavers

Today DIY Maven takes on faux stone pavers: If you’ve ever laid pavers, you know how exhausting it is. And even though you did it yourself, it probably wasn’t cheap. Those bricks and stones add up! For smaller jobs, a viable alternative is going the faux route using molds and […]

Don’t Just Feed the Birds

Don’t Just Feed the Birds

The yard is an extension of the home that you can decorate, just like the inside. There are plenty of ways to spice up the outdoors like a flower bush, a fountain, or a stone walkway. Consider now, a designer bird feeder.

City Grill

City Grill

This portable bucket grill has answered our prayers for a safe and convenient way to BBQ in New York city. Fill the bucket with your supplies and charcoal and after cooking you can remove your mess cleanly and dump the ashes safely. Also great for the beach or anywhere else […]

Modern Hot Tub Solution

Modern Hot Tub Solution

Hot tubs and jacuzzis are an eye-sore for many homeowners who otherwise have built the perfect modern landscape in their backyards. But Surfacedesign Inc. was up to the task of incorporating the “soaking tub” into their clients modern yard and they pulled it off by creating a ipe wood cover […]

Ice Dam Prevention and Removal

Ice Dam Prevention and Removal

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 […]

Lessons in Leaf Blowing

Lessons in Leaf Blowing

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 […]