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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.

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20 Home Renovations That Instantly Increase Your Home Value

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


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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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...

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.


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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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...


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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...

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....


Build a Flagstone and Stone Block Patio

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


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...

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.


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 Build 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.


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7 Deck Building Tips from the Pros

Techniques for deck building, framing a deck, building stairs and railings and adding deck trim.

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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 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...


Deck: How to Build a Deck Planter

Assemble and mount this simple planter in less than an hour