Outdoors

Three Super Fancy Patios that Stand Out

Three Super Fancy Patios that Stand Out

Make your cookie cutter suburban house stand out from the crowd with a unique patio surface. Don’t worry if the neighbor goes with paving stone or even flagstone. You can one up the guy with one of these fancy finishes. 1) Exposed Aggregate What’s better than concrete and completely one […]

Full Frontal: Making the Most out of Your Front Yard

Full Frontal: Making the Most out of Your Front Yard

The American front yard is often regarded as useless space. It serves as a formal entry for guests and, when perfectly manicured, it presents an idyllic image of family life to the public at large. Aside from visual impressions, the front yard tends to remain static, undisturbed by the activities […]

Are Paving Stones As Good As the Real Thing?

Are Paving Stones As Good As the Real Thing?

So your patio or driveway needs a face lift and you have no patience (or cash) for some of the more extensive patio surfaces. Concrete is pricey, flagstone and slate are fussy and interlock is not your style. What can you do that’s fast and easy, not to mention won’t […]

Go Big on Your Patio

Go Big on Your Patio

Patios are personal things. You’ll probably spend time out there in your robe and PJ’s. You might have romantic meetings on the patio or entertain important people. There’s bound to be tons of memories played out on the surface of your patio. So you need that patio surface to reflect […]

Chicken Cribs: The Next Design Frontier

Chicken Cribs: The Next Design Frontier

I’ve been hearing a lot about chickens lately. This post over at Design*Sponge got me thinking about the rising popularity in tending to our own gardens, growing our own food and now raising our own flock. I don’t have a yard but I would love to be able to raise […]

E-Z Brace: Fix Sagging Wooden Gates

E-Z Brace: Fix Sagging Wooden Gates

No matter how strong your wooden gate is, its inevitable that gravity will win out and it will start to sag and drag along the ground. We met the inventor of the E-Z Brace, Mark Dwaileebe, at the National Hardware Show and he shared with us how he decided to […]

Raised Garden Boxes Made Easy

Raised Garden Boxes Made Easy

Garden Boxes create a nice area to grow vegetables in your own backyard. But building the boxes can be troublesome if you’re not inclined to shop for the right materials and don’t have the proper tools. One of the few products that stood out in the lawn and garden area […]

Keep Your Lawnmower on the Lawn to Avoid Being Tased

Keep Your Lawnmower on the Lawn to Avoid Being Tased

We enjoy providing helpful tips and this video demonstrates simple lawnmower etiquette, just follow the opposite of what this guy does. + Don’t drive a sit-down lawnmower on the street + Don’t drink alcohol while operating a lawnmower + Don’t resist arrest Follow those tips and you’ll probably avoid getting […]

Are Interlocking Brick Patios Outdated and Unfashionable?

Are Interlocking Brick Patios Outdated and Unfashionable?

It is the age of calm, clutter-free spaces inside and outside our homes. Contemporary decor is full of simple, clean lines and a roomy feel. Think IKEA furniture and the tidy up job you do when your mom is coming over. This trend totally translates into the backyard as well, […]

Build an Incredibly Unique Patio With Reclaimed Materials

Build an Incredibly Unique Patio With Reclaimed Materials

You need a patio in the yard, a place to lounge, pull out the BBQ and generally enjoy the summertime. Want to have a one of a kind patio that is impressive and sustainable at the same time? Look to your neighbors, skulk around building and demolition sites and generally […]

Handheld Snow Plow for Deep Snow

Handheld Snow Plow for Deep Snow

Shoveling snow is not only extremely difficult, it can also be hazardous to your deck, patio or walkway surface. Shovels can easily gouge wood and chip stone. The Manplow as seen at the National Hardware Show is a hand held snow plow that works to push snow away in manageable […]

More Than a Rake

More Than a Rake

Every gardener uses a rake, hoe and grader. But only one product offers all three. The Rake-O as seen at this years National Hardware Show is a 3-garden-tools-in-1 product. The inventor Ron Herrle was tired of constantly putting down one tool for another and welded a metal blade to the […]

Learn How to Fake It On the Patio

Learn How to Fake It On the Patio

When is a fake better than the real thing? It’s debatable, but if the impostor looks and feels like the genuine article, does it really matter? We’re talking about patios here, so focus. Stamped concrete is a sought after finish in the backyard. Extremely durable and low maintenance, it also […]

Bags are the New Dumpsters

Bags are the New Dumpsters

When it’s time for a renovation, renting dumpsters can be a pain. Plus they take up space in your driveway or lawn and can take far too long to get hauled away. Waste Management’s Bagster system – an 8x4x2.6 bag- is a super easy way to haul away waste from […]

What is Xeriscaping Anyway?

What is Xeriscaping Anyway?

A new buzz word in the green movement, XERISCAPING may be a mouthful but is easier to do than you think. Xeriscaping is all about water conservation, which was one of the top 10 green building trends of 2010. Since water is such a precious resource for life, we need […]

Save Water – Build a Rain Barrel

Save Water – Build a Rain Barrel

In honor of a little holiday called le jour de la monde, also known as “earth day”, let’s talk rain barrels. Here’s how to make your own: 1. Purchase a plastic 55 gallon barrel and avoid anything that once held toxic items, like cleaning products. 2. Install an overflow at […]

Get Unique Lawn Decor For Cheap with Salvaged Building Materials

Get Unique Lawn Decor For Cheap with Salvaged Building Materials

Your garden might be looking a little bland. Even the bright blooms are starting to appear blah. How can you quickly spice your yard up? And without spending your whole pay check at the local garden center? Shop the salvage way – by cruising garage sales, thrift stores and building […]

Backyard Bamboo Fences for the Non-Tropics

Backyard Bamboo Fences for the Non-Tropics

It’s backyard season and we’re all getting out there, roaming the grass and cleaning up the gardens. Maybe your pooch is being too friendly with the neighbors or you need a little more privacy. Whatever the reason, now is the time for a fence. What are your options for green […]