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Bob Vila Radio: Front Yard Landscaping
Every garden needs a focal point; for the front yard, that's usually the home’s entryway. When the front door is the ...
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Bob Vila's Guide to Front Yard Landscaping
Your front yard, regardless of its size, plays an important role in your home's overall curb appeal. Your landscaping...
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Planning Guide: Driveways
Why do we drive on the parkway and park on the driveway? That’s just one of life’s little mysteries, but there’s no m...
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Instant Curb Appeal: 15 Fast Facade Fix-Ups
"You don't get a second chance to make a first impression." While this phrase usually refers to people, it also applies to houses. The exterior of your home offer...
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Christmas Houses Gone Wild! 11 Outrageously Decorated Front Yards
These houses are packed to the gills with thousands of lights, life-size Santas, and even a few robots—enough to attract huge crowds of visitors and get everyone ...
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Weekend Project: 5 Ways to Create Ice Luminaries
Ice luminaries date back to the olden days, when if you wanted to illuminate winter darkness, you needed to use a lit...
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Bob Vila Radio: Redoing the Front Door
Your front door is the face your home presents to the world. It sets your house’s style and tone. So if your entry is...
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Bob Vila Radio: Exterior Handrails
Unless your home is at exactly ground level, you probably have a step or two up to your door. High ranches and coloni...
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You've Got Mail: 11 Inventive DIY Mailboxes
Make your letter carrier do a double take with these 11 salvaged-material mailboxes that demonstrate real outside-the-box creativity.
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Entryway Blues? 5 Ways to Dress Up Your Front Door
Ostensibly, a home’s front door is there for one reason and one reason only: to let people come and go while keeping ...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Easy Ways to Add Curb Appeal
In summer, it's a given that homeowners are spending more time on lawn care and gardening, but DIY curb appeal projec...
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10 Easy Ways to Add Christmas Curb Appeal
Liven up the front door and share your holiday spirit with the whole neighborhood this year!
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11 House Numbers to Count On for Curb Appeal
Giving your home's exterior an update with new house numbers is as easy as 1-2-3.
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10 Simple "Under $60" Curb Appeal Updates for Any Home
Sometimes little changes can make a big difference. Here are ten ways to liven up a drab entry without breaking the bank.
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10 Easy Curb Appeal Updates
Add some style—and value—to your home with these do-it-yourself curb appeal updates.
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Installing New, Strong Shutters With an Old-Style Look
Carpenters install new prepainted shutters made from synthetic materials, with old-fashioned hinges and hardware.
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Touring the Calvin Coolidge House and the Burtch-Udall House
Bob meets University of Vermont professor Tom Visser in Plymouth Notch to visit the birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge. They then go to see the Burtch-Udall ...
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Installing Permex Shutters, Viewing the Open Floor Plan, and Meeting the Affordable Home Buyers
Bob meets general contractor Wes Lohr at the Colonial-style affordable home in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
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Finishing the Front Porch and Installing Custom Pine Shutters
Bob looks over the finishing touches, which have been put on the front porch. Also, Bob chats with the installers of the Pine shutters.
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Mounting Plantation Shutters
Carpenter Bob Ryley installs plantation shutters against a bedroom wall.
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Building a Wooden Corner Bracket
Carpenter Bob Ryley lays out and constructs a corner bracket for the accessible home.
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Stone Patio, Landscaping, and Outdoor Lighting
Bob joins landscape designer Ruth Foster to discuss her plan for a stone patio and hot tub. Low-voltage outdoor lighting will also be installed.
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Wiring the Colonial Lantern Fixture
After taking stock of progress that's been made, Bob begins wiring a hanging light fixture for a special colonial lantern in the front hall.
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Exterior Tour
Bob tours the finished coach house exterior.
Put up a hinged mirror to conceal a recessed storage cabinet. In tight quarters, opt for a thin mirror that can sit almost... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
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