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House and Components

A house is much more than just a collection of rooms. Here’s everything that goes into making your house a home.

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How to Paint Concrete Floors

Transform your concrete basement or garage floor with a fresh coat of paint.

10 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $500

A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $500 you can make some...


How to Paint Your Front Door

Spruce up your house by painting your front door. It's an easy DIY project.


12 Backyard Swings Everyone Will Enjoy

Whether for relaxation or fun, a backyard or porch swing can create lasting memories. Here are 12 options to consider.


How to Build a Porch Swing

Kick back and relax with this fun-to-build weekend project with porch swing plans.

How to Build a Backyard Swing

Easy enough for a beginner, comfortable enough for a perch


The Easy Way to Melt Ice You Never Knew About (Hint: It’s Not Salt!)

Out of rock salt? Here’s how to avoid slipping and sliding on your front porch this winter.

10 Clever Ways to Foil Porch Pirates

More than 25 million Americans have their packages stolen right from their doorsteps by porch pirates each year—don't be one...


How to Build a Planter with String Light Pole

Plants and string lights add festivity to your porch or deck .


How to Build an Outdoor Chaise Lounge

Relax after a long day in this cedar lounge chair.


2-Hour Project: How to Build a Cantina Bird Feeder

This two-hour project is a fun and clever way to attract some feathery friends to your yard, and to hone...

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The 2017 Double-Duty Pub Shed

The perfect party spot, plus tons of storage. This pub shed features both a shaded patio and bar. And lets...


How to Build a Porch: Screen Porch Construction

Add an enclosed screen porch to your house using basic framing and deck building techniques.


Latticework Porch Trellis

Create a beautiful partition of privacy for your front porch.


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Saturday Morning Workshop: Outdoor Trestle Bench

Beautify your patio, deck or porch this summer with this attractive, easy-to-construct outdoor trestle bench.


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Saturday Morning Workshop: How To Build A Folding Adirondack Table

Add some function to your front porch and try a new joinery technique by building this folding Adirondack table.

How to Keep Squirrels from Ruining the Pumpkins on Your Porch

How to keep squirrels from eating pumpkin displays.


Finally Build Your Dream Shed

Build your dream shed with easy access, storage galore and a private porch for lounging. Here's how to do it:


10 Awesome DIY Cabin Projects

Just because you're away from home doesn't mean you have to give up your home improvements! Here are 10 DIY...


How to Build a Shed With a Front Porch

Materials List and Shed Construction Drawings for the 2012 Shed With a Front Porch


Build a Victorian Screen House

Escape the bugs in style, whether you're entertaining friends or just hanging out


Deck Finishing: From Blah to Beautiful in Half a Day

How to refinish a porch floor with Thompson's Waterproofing stain.