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What to Know About Stone Veneer

Stone veneer is popular on the outside of homes, as well as accenting the inside. Learn more about this decorative facing material here.

Create a Faux Brick Accent Wall with Paint in 4 Easy Steps

Want a brick or stone accent wall without the commitment and hassle of masonry? Try this DIY faux brick accent...


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Terrazzo: The Home Décor Trend You Should Know About

Long-popular in mid-century modern homes, terrazzo has gone mainstream. Find out why this ancient flooring material stands the test of...


17 Great Tips for Landscaping Your Backyard

Adding walls and paths made of stone or brick to your landscape transforms it into something truly special. Here's a...


How to Build a Retaining Wall

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

Cost vs. Value: Which Home Improvement Projects Are Best

Adding a bathroom or remodeling an outdated kitchen might bring some joy to your life, but it might not be...


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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...


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

Build a Faux Stone Accent Wall

Create a gorgeous stone veneer accent wall. We'll show you how, step by step.


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


Cut Tile With A Grinder

Cut clean, accurate circles and squares in stone and ceramic tile with an angle grinder.


How to Cut Tile With a Grinder

Cut clean, accurate circles and squares in stone and ceramic tile.


2 Simple Steps to Protect Your Exterior Stonework

Doing this will extend the life of your exterior stone.


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...

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Reader Project: Backyard Stone Fireplace

It may look like the work of a veteran mason, but this backyard stone fireplace is John Golock’s first big masonry...


How to Remove Grout Haze From Stone Tile

Use a special grout release before grouting porous stone tile


Grouting Tile Floors: Porous and Uneven Tiles

Avoid grouting nightmares with natural stone tiles


How to Build an Outdoor Table

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


Remodel a Bathroom with Marble Mosaic and Limestone Tile

A marble mosaic and stately limestone transform this bath from staid to sumptuous.


How to Make Precision Cuts With a Diamond Tile Saw

The water-cooled diamond blade on this tile saw makes quick work of the toughest cuts