Learn how to build and maintain outdoor structures with these projects, tips and ideas for sheds, fences, pergolas, arbors, storm shelters and tree houses.
How to Build a Garden Arbor
You can build this stylish, arched garden arbor with a swing in only a couple of days—it’s way easier than it looks.
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How to Build a Campfire Bench
This simple, sturdy campfire bench is perfect for the back yard or cabin. Build it with your kids this weekend and it’ll last for their kids.
How to Build a Pergola
Build a vine-covered pergola in your backyard to shade a stone patio or wood deck using wood beams and lattice set on precast, classical-style columns. The dappled sunlight created by the overhead latticework creates a cool, relaxing environment perfect for backyard entertaining – like standing in ...
How to Build a Copper Trellis for Your Garden
Build a unique, natural-looking garden trellis for your climbing flowers and vines using standard copper water pipe. This long-lasting copper trellis is made entirely from 1/2-in. and 3/4-in. copper pipe soldered into a repeating ladder pattern. Copy our design, or create your own using the ...
How to Build a Stone Path
Weave this flagstone garden path just about anywhere in your yard. There's no thick base to install or difficult cutting and fitting—you just lay the stone over a simple sand bed.
How to Renew Wooden Fences
Make a gray, sagging wood fence look new again. With a few simple repairs, a thorough wash with a power washer, and a nourishing coat of oil stain your fence will look almost like it did the day it was built.
Affordable Garden Path Ideas
Instead of an expensive, labor-intensive formal path, save money and time with one of these casual paths. They'll blend in better, and will look like they've been in your garden forever.
How to Build an Arbor with Built-in Benches
Build this simple seating/planter/arbor project to create a quiet, private space in your yard or on a deck. It provides shade and comfort as well as a welcome screen from neighbors. You can install it on an existing patio or build it on your deck.