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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What to Do Within the First Year After Moving Into Your New Home

When you move into your new home, there are a number of cleaning tasks, basic projects and upgrades to consider. Here's a comprehensive guide to point you in the right direction.

20 Home Renovations That Instantly Add Value to Your Home

These home renovations are so worth the upfront expense.


12 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $100

A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $100 you can make some...


How to Build a Retaining Wall

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


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Electrical Wiring: How to Run Power Anywhere

The easiest way to bring electricity to a shed, garden or lamppost

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How DIY Projects Are Helping People Through the Pandemic

The skills DIYers are using and learning during the pandemic come with benefits far greater than that heady feeling following...


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How to Build Stronger Retaining Walls

Get strong, long-lasting retaining walls by learning how to properly build a wall.

How to Build a Gazebo

Build this airy summer hangout that features fish-scale shingles and decorative trim you make yourself.


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How to Build Deck Stairs

Calculating the step dimensions, laying out stringers and building a sturdy set of deck stairs.


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How to Bury Underground Cable

We break down four options for underground wiring. Here's what you need to know.


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How to Build a Kids Climbing Wall

Kids got you climbing the walls? Get them climbing this wall! Cure your family's cabin fever with this easy-to-build climbing...

How to Build a Backyard Swing

Easy enough for a beginner, comfortable enough for a perch


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 Build a Garden Shed Addition

Plenty of storage for outdoor tools and toys, only a step away from your back door


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Secret Hiding Places You’ve Never Thought Of

Got some cash or valuables to hide? Try one of these clever, simple ways to hide those items from all...


How to Build a Planter with String Light Pole

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

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How to Pour a Concrete Slab Successfully: 31 Tips

Building a shed this spring? Before you can even think about raising the walls, it’s imperative to have a solid...


How to Renew Wooden Fences

Shabby to handsome in three easy steps


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How to Estimate a Concrete Order

Calculate concrete prices and how many cubic yards of concrete you need for a walk, driveway or basement. How much...


Raised Patio Planter

Our planter is tops for easy construction, sturdiness and convenience. Plus, the curves and trim make it a pretty addition...


How to Build an Outdoor Storage Bench

At first glance, this bench may look like a complex project. But take a closer look and you’ll see that...


Build a Flagstone and Stone Block Patio

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


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How to Build a Fire Table

A fire table is a beautiful addition to your outdoor living space—and an invitation to gather around. It's also a...


How to Build a Stone Fire Ring

Build this backyard fire pit with retaining wall blocks.

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Pavilion Shed Plans

The perfect blend of entertaining space and storage shed.


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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.


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How to Make a Modern Outdoor Fireplace

It’s surprisingly easy to build—and portable, too.


Latticework Porch Trellis

Create a beautiful partition of privacy for your front porch.


How to Build a Stone Path and Steps

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