20 Impressive Projects Built by Readers of The Family Handyman
Our readers are seriously talented, and the stories behind their projects are always inspiring. Read on to find out what makes each of these 20 reader projects so special.
Five-Dollar Log Cabin Playhouse
This log cabin-style playhouse looks amazing—even before you learn that it cost reader Ted Shumaker just $5 to build! Click here to find out how he did it.
Reader Don Bulloch built this small pub inside his house—and with one injured hand! Click here to find out the accident Don had when building this project, which put him in a cast.
When you can’t find what you’re looking for, build it yourself! That’s what reader Scott Schneider did with his fence. The completed project features arches that complement the style of his house—just what he wanted.
Starfighter Play Set
Reader John Rubino may get the coolest-dad-ever award for this play set that he built for his two sons in his backyard. Click here to find out what he used to construct this creative fort for his kids.
Dan’s Man Room
Reader Dan Laffin converted his garage into a guy space, complete with a full bar, a TV and even carpet. How did he pull it off? Click here to find out more.
Backyard Putting Practice
This backyard putting green, created by reader Shane Graham, features a border of flagstone, artificial grass and two holes for putting practice. What a fun place to pass the time at home!
Photo: Courtesy of Steve Moseley
Amazing Marble Tracks
Click here to find out what parts reader Steve Moseley used to create these marble tracks for his sons’ bedrooms. The results are truly amazing!
DIY Basement Remodel
Reader Ken Cole completed this basement overhaul project by himself in a year. It includes an office, a bathroom and closets. But Ken’s favorite features are the full bar, gym space and poker table.
Jeep Bed for Kids
Reader John Forck designed and built these really cool Jeep beds for his son and neighbor’s daughter. They feature amazing details such as headlights, license plates and off-road-style wheels. John also shared a link to his Etsy page, where you can download plans and build one yourself!
Getaway from the Getaway
This secondary building next to reader Rob Schreiber’s lake home is a perfect place to entertain guests or to find a bit of peace and quiet. The rustic retreat was once an old cabin that Rob gutted and had transported onto his lake property. Click here to see the interior.
New Use for Old Cabinets
Reader Janet Johnson turned two secondhand kitchen cabinets into one tall and trendy bathroom cabinet. Click here to find out what she did to transform the cabinets into a new stellar storage piece.
School Bus Turned Mobile Cabin
Equipped with knotty pine paneling, bunk beds for six, an air conditioner and more, reader Adam Fisher brought his dream to life when he built this cabin on wheels. Click here to see what else Adam incorporated into the converted school bus.
It isn’t just the hand-selected and finished branches for rails and handles that make these matching wagons so impressive. Click here to learn what other features reader Ed Boyer included in these gifts for his grandkids.
Playhouse That Grows with Kids
Reader Dave Mensch built this playhouse for his daughters with the thought that they could use it for studying and for sleepovers with friends as they got older. Now that they’re grown, Dave’s hoping his future grandchildren can enjoy the playhouse, too!
To help his son go to bed at night, reader Jim Kelly built this train track around his room. The train and track both belonged to Jim as a kid, so it’s a great way to pass along treasured toys as well as to help create a peaceful bedtime routine.
Custom Truck Bed Drawers
Check out how one reader crafted custom storage drawers for his truck bed. The drawers are perfect for organizing his tools, and a rubber bed liner protects the drawers and tools from rain and other outdoor elements.
Reader Mark Hulbert created this personal getaway in the attic of his garage. It features a fireplace, a pool table and other fun toys. The only problem is that his teenage children want to take it over!
Dorm Room Spinning Storage Unit
Reader Michael Kirby created this spinning storage unit out of necessity for his daughter, who is a dorm-dwelling college student. Space is at a premium for his daughter, so this storage unit features four hardworking sides - cubbies with bins, small shelves, a full-length mirror and a magnetic board for hanging photos. Plus, the unit spins on a turntable, which is genius!
Envious Tree House
This tree house created by reader Tom Beerley features a deck addition fit for a small home! Find out how he built it here.
Repurposing a cherry tree that fell in his backyard, reader Dr. Charles Johnson built this custom elephant table for his daughter’s room. The one-of-a-kind piece also features a glass top.