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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 Build a Retaining Wall

The simplest, cheapest, back-friendliest retaining wall in history.

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Vintage Family Handyman Project: Modernizing a Fireplace (Then and Now)

In honor of our 70th anniversary, we recreated one of our earliest projects.


Landscaping: Tips for Your Backyard

Adding walls and paths to your landscape transforms it into something truly special. Here's a collection of pro building tricks...


How to Install Granite Tile Countertops (Kitchen Tile)

Granite tile gives you the appearance of a solid-stone slab at one-third the cost. We’ll show you the techniques for...


The Pros and Cons of Countertop Materials

Comparing high-end countertops

Modern Stone Installation Tips

Tips for installing veneer stone from a real pro


Build a Flagstone and Stone Block Patio

Construct a poured concrete and stone patio with a curved stone wall.

How to Build Pathways: Brick and Stone Pathways

With a little imagination and a lot of muscle, you can build this walk in a three-day weekend


How to Build a Stone Fire Ring

Build this backyard fire pit with retaining wall blocks.


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Mineral Stone Wool Insulation is Making a Comeback. Here’s Why

An old product with big advantages makes a comeback


How to Install Stone Facing

Step-by-step instructions and pictures for how to install stone facing.

How to Build a Stone Path and Steps

Modular blocks let you build like a master mason—even on slopes


Installing Tile Countertops

Complete how-to for laying a tile countertop and backsplash, from preparing the surface to cutting and placing the tile in...


How to Install Natural Stone Tile

Tile a tub surround with beautiful marble tile in a weekend—without spending a fortune


DIY Granite Countertops

Save big on high end countertops


How to Choose the Right Retaining Wall Material

Learn the pros and cons of stone, wood and concrete block retaining walls

How to Build a Post and Beam Pavilion

Does it seem like whenever you want to spend your day off outside, the weather foils your plans? Rain and...


How to Build an Outdoor Table

The beauty and toughness of stone at a fraction of the cost


How to Build a Wood and Stone Deck

Combine veneer stone with a simple deck to create a striking, durable outdoor living room.