Fences come in all shapes and sizes, from prefab metal to ready-made wood panels. Today, we’re going to dive into what has become one of the most popular fencing options: Do It Yourself. In this article, we’ve broken down the basics of building the most common style of wood fence - the shadowbox fence - so even DIY beginners can tackle this large-scale project.
Summer is here and the temperatures are rising! You can crank up that air conditioning or spend your time in the neighbour’s pool but if you’re looking for more sustainable solutions to keep your home cool this summer, we’ve got you covered with these heat-reducing home improvement tips.
A veggie garden is a great summertime project. With the right plan and a little work, you’ll produce lots of fresh and delicious rewards. Plus, you’ll have the freshest vegetables and a sense of pride when you collect your home-grown harvest. Here are some tips to help you get started on your very own vegetable garden.
There are many benefits to collecting rainwater for both you and the environment, and the process can be as easy as it is beneficial. Click here to learn about the How and Why of rainwater harvesting.
After every use, you're likely to brush your grill clean and close it up until it’s time for another cookout. However, it’s important to give your grill a thorough cleaning from time to time to make sure it’s working its best and is a clean and healthy environment for cooking. Follow these easy steps to giving your barbecue that regular, full clean to help keep it cooking efficiently and lasting longer.
Not every creepy-crawly in your garden is there to chow down on your vegetables and flowers. Finding the right bugs and animals to keep the bad ones away can be a cheap, easy and environmentally-friendly way to you keep your garden's mini-ecosystem balanced. Here are a few tips and a few plants you can use to attract welcome visitors to keep away the pests.
Nothing says summer quite like friends and family gathering around a fire. Having your own backyard fire keeps the fun going from day to evening while adding beauty and ambiance to your outdoor design. If you want to add a fire feature, consider these options for choosing the fire pit that suits your space.
Whether you want to revive your deck with a new colour or just freshen up your existing finish, an effective and cost-efficient way to give your old wood a new look is with a little hard work and some deck stain know-how. Follow our easy how-to guide to get your deck refreshed for summer!
With the warm weather upon us, it's easy to let some of those regular home maintenance tasks slip. Here's a list of 18 things you should be doing regularly to keep your house in tip-top shape. What are some things on your list?
Repurposing or upcycling furniture transforms unused and unloved items or furniture to beautiful statement pieces, making them look like new. Plus, it's a great way of making old furniture complement your new interior décor. But where to begin? Here are 11 easy tips that will have you upcycling furniture like a pro in no time.
Do you look at your patio and cringe every time you dream of inviting your friends over for a backyard barbecue? Don't fret - there are simple solutions for turning your drab outdoor space into a stellar setting to enjoy the warm weather with your people. Here are 40 suggestions to inspire your backyard makeover.
We all love the idea of a functional outdoor kitchen. It's great for entertaining, a perfect place for storage and is super convenient when you include features like a sink. But let's be honest, taking on a big project like this can be intimidating. Don't let that stop you because the results are worth the effort. @manmadediy walks us through his custom outdoor kitchen build. Follow his ideas and create your own outdoor cooking space this summer.
Summertime means barbecue season! And in order for you to keep cooking to grill-mark perfection, you need to spend a little time maintaining your appliance. Here are the three cycles that will help you keep protect and maintain your investment.
Summertime and outside play go hand-in-hand. Create a play-based area just for kids that will have them exploring and using their imagination all summer long. Here are 15 cool and budget-friendly projects that will transform a regular backyard into a playtime paradise.
Nothing says summer like roasting a marshmallow on an open flame under the stars. So don't wait until you're camping to cozy up in front of a pit. Create an exclusive bonfire experience in your own backyard. Here are 57 inspiring DIY fire pit ideas that will have your whole family enjoying the sound of a crackling fire. And remember to always check your city/town bylaws before lighting a backyard fire.
Everyone loves to relax out on the deck while sipping on a refreshing beverage. Some enjoy the company of friends and family and others relax in the peace and quiet. Either way, is your deck summertime ready? This article lays out the tools and step-by-step instructions needed to show off the natural beauty of wood, transforming a deck to an inviting outdoor space that looks great.
A vertical garden is the perfect DIY project for garden lovers. Create a stunning herb garden, add a pop of colour to your front porch, or showcase your lush houseplants. No matter your gardening goals, a vertical garden is a functional and fun way to display your plants. Here are 20 DIY vertical garden projects that will put your green thumb to work.
Spring often brings us the motivation to clean and organize. The laundry room is a great area for DIY and decor creativity. Since this space is usually smaller, accomplish your #laundryroomgoals over the weekend, even on a tight budget. Check out these 70 brilliant laundry rooms to draw great inspiration for decor and organization.
Concrete's organic appearance and solidity make it the perfect element to use in a garden or outdoor space. Plus, it's inexpensive, and the projects that you can create are endless. Here are 17 awesome DIY concrete garden projects put together by The Garden Glove.
With snow, ice and cold temperatures, your lawn takes a beating throughout the winter. If you don’t want to start off spring with dead patches and torn-up turf, use these techniques to make sure your lawn is looking its best for the warm weather ahead.
Rainwater harvesting is a great strategy for reducing domestic water use, and protecting our homes and the land surrounding it. But how do you get started? Get the details here.
It's that time of year when many of us start sprucing up our yards. It's also the time when our calendars start filling up. So why not make the most of your efforts? Here are five wow-worthy outdoor plants that are also the easiest to care for.
There's no other feeling like growing and harvesting your own veggies. A raised garden bed is an easy landscaping project that benefits the garden and the gardener. Here are some of the best DIY raised garden beds to inspire you this spring.
It’s time to love your garden! Every home can benefit from a thoughtful yard design and garden layout. Here’s how to create your own landscaping plan to get started creating your dream yard!
Here is something a little different for you to try. Add a bit of creativity to something as simple as your backyard gate with this woven wooden gate project. Impress your friends by showing them that you didn't have to use one screw to hold the gate boards in place. Click here to find out how to build one yourself.
Extend the use of your deck by adding lighting for safety, security and comfort. Enjoy your deck late into the evening with a few stylish ways to brighten up those dark corners. Here are 15 smart and stylish ways to light up your deck.
It's time for another easy DIY project to tackle this weekend.
Keep your hat collection out of the closet and off the floor with a DIY hat rack! Why buy this simple piece of furniture when it's much more rewarding to build it yourself. Here are 27 simple tutorials on how to build a DIY hat rack that you can do this weekend.
A kitchen remodel can be an expensive and complicated project that comes with its share of stress right from the get-go. Having a plan before you get into the thick of things will keep you on a steady renovation path and help keep your sanity (and budget) in check. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your kitchen remodel.
Want to add some rustic charm to your kitchen? A butcher block countertop can add that modern farmhouse vibe and give you a beautiful surface to prep your meals on. Before you jump onto the butcher block trend, here are a few pros and cons to consider.
Warmer weather is almost here and it's time to start thinking about your backyard. Update your outdoor space with a bit of your own unique DIY décor and furniture. Here are 24 backyard DIY project ideas to help elevate your yard.
Remodeling Magazine has released their 2019 Cost vs Value report that examined which common remodelling projects have the best return on investment. If you're looking to add value to your house this year, consider looking into updating these areas of your home.
It's that time of year! The weather outside is getting warmer, the snow and ice is melting, and mud is everywhere. Keep that muddy mess contained by having a designated mudroom, complete with bench, coat hooks and storage. Click here to see how to build your own mudroom bench.
Wainscoting was once used in potentially damp areas of the home like kitchens and bathrooms to combat moisture. These days, with new materials being used for this purpose, wainscoting is purely decoration and can turn a boring room into a work of art. Follow the link to see a few ways wainscoting can be used to create architectural detail in your home.
Do you have an old bookshelf lying around that you just don't know what to do with? Here are 25 DIY bookcase makeovers you can do to repurpose that old piece and give it some new life.
By mounting crown moulding to a hardwood frame, you can install the whole assembly above your kitchen cabinets in one go. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do this to make your kitchen upgrade a little bit easier.
A DIY coffee table is a great project for the weekend and a simple way to practice your DIY skills. Here are 60 DIY coffee table plans and ideas you can use to help you build a new piece of furniture for your home.
If you like the look of antique furniture but can't find anything at the flea market that you like, why not transform a piece of furniture you already own with an antique paint finish? Click the link to learn painting techniques to achieve a natural weathered look to give your furniture that antique charm.
If your kitchen is starting to look a little blah, adding an accent kitchen island can liven up your space and give it more character and utility. Click to see four ways you can use an accent kitchen island to transform your cooking space.
Over the years you may have picked up some particle board furniture. It's a cheap option that's good on a tight budget, but it probably won't withstand the test of time. Instead of tossing that piece, refurbish it! Here's a guide on how you can save save money and add personality to an existing piece.
If you're looking for a desk for a certain space in your home and can't find one that fits your style or need, maybe it's time to build your own. Here are 40 easy DIY desk projects you can build on a budget and customize to fit your work space.
Follow Jen's journey as she builds a custom 9-drawer dresser from scratch! She writes and photographs every step she takes as well as all the challenges she faces. This is part 1 of her 4-part DIY dresser series, and I'm sure you'll be inspired to try some furniture building of your own.
The cold, dark winter days can easily sap your energy and affect your mood. But fear not, there's an easy way to combat the lack of light by using light therapy! Here are 8 winter lighting ideas for a brighter home and a happier you.
An easy and inexpensive way to breathe some new life into your furniture is to swap out existing hardware for something with a bit more character. Spruce up that night stand with vintage crystal knobs, or add polish to a dresser with luxe leather pulls. Check out these 10 DIY ways you can revive your furniture with decorative hardware.
Woodworking can be a complicated, yet rewarding activity, but it's easy to do things the wrong or unsafe way. Here are 5 of the most common woodworking mistakes and how to avoid them.
A bathroom doesn't have to be limited to white tile, a vanity, and some drawers. Your bathroom can offer more than that, according to the pros. Here are the biggest and most surprising trends you'll see in bathrooms in 2019 to make them more interesting and unique.
Nothing beats the warm crackle and glow of a wood fire in a fireplace during the cold winter weather. Keeping your fireplace safe and efficient is important to keep in mind to ensure you can continue enjoying it. Click here to learn 10 tips for maintaining your wood-burning fireplace.
If you think your attic insulation is doing a poor job of keeping your house warm this winter, it could be time to look into patching up some holes, or replacing your insulation outright. Here's a guide to help you understand which insulation type might be best suited for your needs.
This weekend, why not build your own unique side table? They're handy for just about anywhere in your house and can be inexpensive to make. Here's a collection of 19 DIY side table projects you can use, or get inspiration from.
There's a lot of talk about how to design for small spaces, but what if you have the opposite problem? Large rooms can feel empty, disconnected and leave furniture feeling out of place. Here are four ways to ensure an expansive space doesn't end up feeling too stark.
It's a new year, and a priority of yours should be making sure your home's function and safety are in top-notch form. Add these 16 home improvement tasks to your calendar and you'll stay on top of necessary and beneficial home updates.
DIY chairs are an easy project to have fun with. They can be done on a budget and let you flex your creative muscle as much or as little as you like. Here are 15 creative and easy DIY chair ideas to get you started on your own stylish project.
The kitchen is one of the most expensive areas in the home to renovate so we tend to play it safe when choosing a style. But you can still incorporate some of the year's biggest trends into elements that can easily be swapped out, such as a paint scheme or even a throw rug. Here are some of the big kitchen trends we'll keep seeing in 2019 that you should think about with your kitchen.
Are you struggling with picking the right material to use for your kitchen countertops? Discover the pros and cons of every countertop material available, so you can make a decision on which is best suited for your kitchen needs.
Did you discover that you didn't have enough space for your guests to sleep over during the recent holidays? Why not build a Murphy bed? With this DIY project you can have a comfortable spot for guests to sleep that can easily be stored later. Here are 17 Murphy bed plans and projects to inspire you.
The guests have left, the holiday parties are over. It's time to face the reality of a home that's probably in need of a good clean. While there's obvious spots to focus on, there are also areas that are gathering dust and grime. Here are 7 places that are often overlooked when cleaning.
Remodeling your bathroom in 2019? Upgrading your bathroom can be a daunting project full of complexities that may not be obvious at first. Here are some expert tips to read before you get started to ensure the renovation goes smoothly and successfully.
Add some seasonal flair to your outdoor space with simple, yet festive holiday lighting. There are plenty of ways to decorate your home with lots of different options in lighting. Here are 15 outdoor lighting ideas to inspire your holiday outdoor decorating.
There's no way to avoid it – all plumbing systems can develop clogs. But with the right tools and techniques you can skip calling the professionals and unplug drains yourself. Check out this handy guide on which tools and techniques you should use for various drain types.
Change things up – or down – this year by having an upside-down Christmas tree – yep, it's a thing! Be the talk of the holidays with your free-standing or hanging inverted tree. You might as well go full swing with creatively decorating your new festive piece, so here are 21 upside down Christmas tree decorating ideas to get you started.
A frozen water pipe can be a serious problem in the cold winter weather. When water freezes and expands, it can rupture the pipe and cause extensive – and expensive – damage to your home. Here are a few tips and techniques to help thaw and prevent a frozen water pipe.
Are you ready for the coming cold months of winter? Most people have a checklist they go through to be prepared for the weather change, but sometimes important tasks can be overlooked. Here's a list of 7 things to think about for the coming blast of cold.
Is your kitchen missing some pizzazz? Many people overlook the idea of an accent backsplash, which can easily become a focal point of kitchen décor. Fear not, for updating this part of your kitchen can make for an exciting DIY project! Check out these backsplash ideas and tutorials to find something that suits you and your kitchen's unique character.
A wooden bench is a great project for a beginning DIYer. This project can be done in less than a day, and can be used around your home for years to come. Get your tools out and try your hand at this simple but fun project.
With 2018 wrapping up, it's time to look forward with plans to spice up our homes in 2019. Have a look and see what nine design experts think will be the hottest trends in interior design for the coming year. Which of these styles can you see in your home?
Grouting can be a messy job, but someone has to do it! That someone can be you. Take a look at this guide that teaches you how to grout tile in any room of your home and tile with confidence.
Do you need a protected environment to store firewood? Check out these 20 guides and learn how to construct a firewood shed to keep your stash protected from the elements.
Is your kitchen showing signs of wear and tear? Consider painting your kitchen cabinets and replacing hardware as your next home renovation. It's a great way to refresh the look of your kitchen.
You'll want to sit under your favourite tree all year when you have a well-crafted bench to go with it. Break out your woodworking tools and build this hexagonal bench that wraps beautifully around any tree.
Adding a wood wall in your home is an inexpensive and unique DIY project that you can complete in a matter of a weekend. Get inspired with these 15 wood wall DIY projects using scrap materials and newly purchased lumber.
Fall is an important time for home maintenance projects that are weather and temperature dependent. Work on exterior fixes, HVAC maintenance, garden maintenance and pest control to ensure the best for your home in the upcoming months.
Keep your gutters and downspouts from clogging up this fall and winter. Learn how to clean your gutters and downspouts properly using a few building and maintenance supplies, and keep your home intact.
Combine the awe of autumn with the wonders of woodworking. Take on this DIY project and create decorative reclaimed wood pumpkins—perfect for your front porch or anywhere inside your home!
With the upcoming months full of holidays, gatherings and festivities, a farmhouse table is the perfect addition to your kitchen or dining room. With basic woodworking equipment and a beautiful stain finish, your table will be ready to go! Here's how to do it.
Tiles, wood, laminate, vinyl. How do you choose one of these for your bathroom floor? Here's a guide to help you choose bathroom flooring based on your cleaning preferences and personal style.
Make a bold statement in any room of your home by creating a colourful accent wall. Find out what accent colours mean in different rooms, and what to keep in mind when choosing a paint colour.
Step up your window cleaning with a pressure washer. It's much more effective than using a rag and spray. Learn how to safely use a pressure washer on your windows to give them a deep clean and see the outdoors more clearly.
Building a closet organizing system can be the answer to all your clothing storage problems. With this DIY guide, you'll learn how to make a closet organizing system to meet your specific needs and closet size.
The lighting you choose for your home has major impact. Before you begin electrical rewiring in a room, think about the room's purpose and how you need the light to work. And be sure to use this ultimate guide on choosing lighting for any room in your home.
A carefully designed and well built wall unit can turn any entertainment or living room space into something much more practical for storage and display. Learn how to build a wall unit with this guide and alter it for your room needs.