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20 Home Renovations Increase Home Value Instantly

These are the top renovations that increase home value. Some are easy and inexpensive updates that you can do over the weekend.

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.


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 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...

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...


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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 Build a Retaining Wall

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


Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Build this handsome backyard feature in one weekend.


Raised Patio Planter

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Our planter is tops for easy construction, sturdiness and convenience. Plus,...


Patio Tiles: How to Build a Patio With Ceramic Tile

Make patio tiles stand up to Mother Nature with these installation and care tips.

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How to Build a Fire Table

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A fire table is a beautiful addition to your outdoor living...


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


Pavilion Shed Plans

The perfect blend of entertaining space and storage shed.


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Build a Mini Greenhouse with an Old Window

Give an old window new life by turning it into a mini greenhouse.


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How to Make a Modern Outdoor Fireplace

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

How to Build a Stone Path and Steps

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


How to Build a Backyard Oasis

A shaded retreat that's surprisingly easy to build. Place it next to your deck or anywhere in your yard.


How to Clean Brick

Keep water stains from ruining your house's appearance


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Oriented Strand Board (OSB board) vs. Plywood

OSB vs plywood: Is one better than the other for sheathing?


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...


Deck: How to Build a Deck Planter

Assemble and mount this simple planter in less than an hour



How to Build a Pine Garden Hutch

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Keep all your gardening tools close at hand in this solid...

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Build a Victorian Screen House

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


Schoolhouse Storage Shed

If you've got big storage needs and are looking for style, this is the shed for you.


Roof Flashing Techniques for Outside Corners

Make roof dormers and other outside corners leakproof