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 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 ...
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How to Build a Shed With a Front Porch
Below, in Additional Information, is the Materials List and Construction Drawings for the Shed With a Front Porch, July/August 2012. These are pdf files that you can download and print.
Tree House – Building Tips
Tree houses are for everyone with imagination. Elevate your building skills with these tree house building tips from experienced builders, including attachment techniques, site choice, assembly techniques, design ideas and more.
Build a Garden Archway
You can make this garden trellis from just $25 of steel rebar. And you won’t have to weld a thing. We’ll show you how to bend the arches and attach the decorative circles with wire. When you’re done, cover it with climbing plants for an attractive addition to your garden.
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 ...
How to Build a Cheap Storage Shed
Modular construction and inexpensive materials make this shed easy to build and easy to afford. We'll show you how to build this shed and provide you with the plans and materials list you need to get started. Don't be intimidated by the size of this project. We use simple construction methods to ...
How to Build a Shed: 2011 Garden Shed
Below, in Additional Information, is the Materials List and Construction Drawings for the Garden Shed, July/August 2011. These are pdf files that you can download and print.
How to Dig a Hole: Pro Tips
Dig postholes faster and easier and position them more accurately using this step-by-step guide. It includes many labor-saving tips.
How to Build a Storm Shelter
A storm shelter is a super-strong safe room designed to withstand dangerous high winds, tornadoes and flying debris. You'll remain safe even if your house falls apart. We show you a type that you can build yourself.