Outdoors

Compost Bin

Compost Bin

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.

Fold-out Balcony

Fold-out Balcony

Personal outdoor space is hard to come by in most urban environments but the Bloomframe from Hofman Dujardin Architecten in Amsterdam has created a solution that not only allows for an impromptu balcony but also serves as a window when closed.

Gutter Tongs

Gutter Tongs

In addition to the resources found on our gutter cleaning guide we present this new tool from Brookstone, the Gutter Tong.

Trees to Plant for Fall Colors

Trees to Plant for Fall Colors

There are many trees that change with the seasons but these beauties really flourish in autumn and their fall coloring can be a spectacular addition to your landscaping. Red Maple Japanese Maple Shagbark Hickory White Ash Quaking Aspen Paper Birch White Oak Gingko Biloba (Maidenhair Trees) Flowering Dogwood

Xeriscaping Your Yard

Xeriscaping Your Yard

Xeriscaping (zer-i-skap) is a buzzword used throughout the Southwest and is defined as landscaping that conserves water and protects the environment; utilizes native plant selection, practical turf areas, efficient irrigation, and mulches and appropriate maintenance (Green Alliance). Here are some examples of how you can apply this eco-landscaping plan in […]

Plants and Flowers That Grow in the Shade

Plants and Flowers That Grow in the Shade

Not all areas of your garden or yard receive the proper amount of light for plants to grow, especially flowerbeds near the house or a tree. When considering plants and flowers for these areas make sure they will grow in shade or partial shade. Your local nursery can point you […]

Home Fence Choices

Home Fence Choices

From barbed-wire to wood, fences can be decorative or protective, keep animals in or out, and be high or low maintenance. There is a fence for every need and application. Here are some sites to help you choose the best fence for your home. Compare Fences [Beeson Fence] The Best […]

Automatic Sprinkler System

Summer is winding down but here’s a tip to using your automatic sprinklers most effectively keeping water conservation in mind.

The Hammock You’ve Always Wanted

The Hammock You’ve Always Wanted

This over-sized hammock from Brookstone is self-contained and can easily be moved anywhere in your yard. It comes in your choice of 7 reversible-patterns and is made of weather-resistant fabrics. Treat yourself for the rest of summer and enjoy naps out in your beautiful yard.

Brick Patios

Brick Patios

A popular outdoor upgrade is installing a brick patio. The color and texture that brick provides will bring warmth to your patio and will always contrast nicely with a lawn or woodchip landscaping. A brick patio can be installed over a weekend after you’ve decided on type of brick, setting, […]

Backyard Basketball Courts

Backyard Basketball Courts

If the basket over the garage door isn’t satisfying your home-grown hoop dreams then check out these courts from Rhino Sports. Their lineup includes regulation size basketball half or full courts, batting cages, tennis courts, and putting greens. Just remember to keep your gates locked lest every kid in the […]

Build a Porch Glider

Build a Porch Glider

Similar to a porch swing, this glider provides a great place to relax on your deck or in your summer garden. Unlike a swing this porch glider doesn’t require a permanent location and can even be moved inside. To a seasoned woodworker this project shouldn’t take long, but if you’re […]

Backyard Home Theater

Backyard Home Theater

Be the envy of your neighbors this summer by building your own high-definition outdoor home theater. Popular Science has a great step-by-step for creating a mobile home theater system that will allow you to take the movies outside. Build a Backyard Theater [Popular Science]

Cupola Designs and Plans

Cupola Designs and Plans

Cupolas bring an instant old-world charm to your home and enhance the roof line much like a dormer would, but depending on your design, cupolas are less structurally invasive than dormers and decorative cupolas are much easier to install.

Patio Shade

Patio Shade

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Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping Ideas

Now that the weathers warm and the days are longer it’s time you put some effort into your outside space. Start with performing a thorough cleaning of your front, back, and side yards. Remove anything from your yard that isn’t absolutely necessary. This includes old mulch piles, leaves, sticks, trash, […]

Barbed Wire for Your Home

Barbed Wire for Your Home

Barbed wire tamed the West and it can also help you keep unwanted pests and people off your property. A stone wall or wood fence might be prettier but nothing says keep out like four rows of wrapped metal spikes. It may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Installing […]

Cleaning Tree Sap

Cleaning Tree Sap

Our family has a beautiful tree in their back yard that changes with the season and is strong enough for the kids to swing from and provides great shade in the summer. But the tree is constantly weeping with sap from a stump of a branch that they had cut […]