Learn how to build and maintain outdoor structures with these projects, tips and ideas for sheds, fences, pergolas, arbors, storm shelters and tree houses.
Learn the pros, cons and relative costs of low-maintenance exterior fences made from vinyl, steel, aluminum and composite materials, along with tips for buying and installation. (Photo courtesy of Delgard)
Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:
Screen House Plans
Inspired by classic north woods cabins, this cedar screen house is the perfect summer hangout. Complete plans and detailed how-to photos show everything you need to build it in your yard.
Touch Up a Scuffed Vinyl Coated Chain-Link Fence
Keep your vinyl coated chain-link fence rust-free and looking as good as new by touching up scratches and scrapes with plastic paint. Here's how to do it.
Fence Post Repair
Here’s how to remove a rotten fence post quickly and easily with a shovel and sledge hammer and set the replacement post so it won’t rot again.
How to Repair a Chain Link Fence
A damaged chain link fence rail can easily be repaired by cutting out the bad section and sliding in a new piece. Learn how from our fence experts.
How to Set Fence Posts That Won't Rot
Did your fence posts rot at the bottom? Here's how to install new ones—and avoid the problems that made your old posts rot.
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 the shade of a tree on a hot summer day.
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 techniques we show here.
Build a Privacy Fence
This article will help you avoid major pitfalls and costly mistakes when you're planning and installing a privacy fence. We'll show you the tricks and techniques that pros use to get a beautiful fence that'll meet your needs and fit your landscape. These ideas will save you a ton of time, headaches and money by ensuring your DIY fence is done right the first time.