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Bob Vila Radio: Adding a Fire Pit to Your Backyard
If you enjoy cozying up to the fireplace in your home, why not consider adding a fire pit in your backyard? Fire pits...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Low-Cost DIY Fire Pits
After a summer spent out in the Great Wide Open, we hate to retreat indoors, but in most parts of the country, it's o...
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9 Ways to Extend Patio Season into Fall
As temperatures drop in the fall, our outdoor activities start to dwindle, and the bustle of life moves indoors. But there are still beautiful days and evenings l...
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Genius! DIY Citronella Candles
You mean you can make your own citronella candles? Now, that's genius! Mother and daughter team Vicki and Jennifer at...
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Transform and Protect Your Deck in a Single Coat
Your deck was no small investment: If you haven't been taking good care of it, now's the time to give your deck the c...
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10 Steps to Paradise in Your Own Backyard
Any outdoor living space, be it a compact apartment terrace or an expansive poolside patio, becomes much more inviting once it’s been outfitted with a few creatur...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Summery DIY Porch Swings
I'm not sure, I haven't researched it, but sitting—no, swaying—on a porch swing might be the most relaxing of all the...
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What Would Bob Do? Painting a Deck
First-time deck painter here. I have prepared my deck as well as possible, scraping away old paint and sanding the wo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Finishing a Deck
Painted decks are nice to look at, but they can require a lot of maintenance. Constant exposure to sun, water, and fo...
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DIY Concrete Candle Holders
Inspiration comes in many forms—sometimes even in a store catalog. When Diane of In My Own Style saw these Concrete F...
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10 Smart Ways to Bring Shade to Your Outdoor Space
Outdoor areas don't have to be all about soaking in the sun. Sometimes it's nice to relax in a shady spot, shielded from the harsh rays. There are many ways to br...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Delectable DIY Picnic Tables
There’s nothing nicer than enjoying the company of friends and family over food and drink in the summertime. But do y...
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How To: Hang a Hammock
Laying in a hammock is the epitome of summertime relaxation. Getting the hammock set up, on the other hand, can be a ...
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10 Natural Ways to Combat Summer Mosquitoes
There's nothing more annoying than having your summertime fun ruined by the buzzing and biting of the season's peskiest foes—mosquitoes. Before they breed, congre...
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DIY Outdoor Chandelier
I just love candles in mason jars. A few summers ago I bought a package of half-pint jars and some light wire and mad...
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DIY Mason Jar Windchime
It was only a matter of time before I tried out my bottle cutter on a mason jar. Here's how I pulled off this mason-j...
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DIY Mason Jar Solar Lamp
When the words mason jar and solar lamp come together in the same sentence, I don’t care who you are—you get excited....
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Screen Shots: 12 Seductively Serene Screened Porches
The porch has long been the perfect gathering place for summer evenings. While some folks may favor an open patio, an elevated deck, or a year-round sunroom, scre...
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Eating Out: 10 Essentials for Alfresco Dining
With summer upon us, now is a great time to get yourself set up for celebrating a season of food and fun in your outdoor spaces. Once you've covered the basics, ...
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Get Grilling! 10 Best Grills Under $100
Nothing says summer quite like a backyard barbecue. That’s why we did our research to identify some of the top-rated grills on the market today—and just in time f...
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How To: Choose the Right Materials for Your Outdoor Project
Thinking of building a fence? Looking to add a deck? Both projects will be subjected to the whims of Mother Nature, s...
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How To: Clean a Grill
For some of us, summer doesn't mean sunbathing on the beach or hiking along a mountain trail—it means grilling burger...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for June
The first day of summer is almost here, and memories of the long, cruel winter have all but left our collective consciousness. Since June is a great month to fire...
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9 Budget-Friendly Ways to Revive Your Porch for Summer
Sunny days and warmer weather signal that summer is right around the corner. What better time to freshen up your front porch? Rest assured that you can create an ...
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1 Dozen Ways to Make the Most of a Small Yard
Outdoor spaces can increase our enjoyment of our homes. When the weather is nice, it’s like having an extra room—or wing—of the house. Make the most of yours, no ...
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12 Ways to Wake Up Your Tired Outdoor Furniture
When spring is in the air and the weather starts to heat up, so does your outdoor entertaining. But after a long winter, your outdoor furniture might be looking s...
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Picture-Perfect Patios: 10 Outdoor Spaces to Love
The patio, from the Spanish for "courtyard," is an open-air living space that creates a transition between your home and the great outdoors. Patios are wonderful ...
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11 Hottest Outdoor Living Trends in 2014
Transitional decking and a fire pit, all in for 2014 – Trex The outdoors is to a house as shoes are to a pers...
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13 DIY Lanterns to Illuminate Your Porch, Patio, or Garden
When the weather gets warm, outdoor living heats up, and porches and patios become the place to be. As your sunny days shift to balmy nights, add some atmosphere ...
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Blown Away: 12 Upcycled Wind Chimes You Can Make
Do you want a unique set of wind chimes to add some personality to your garden, patio, balcony, or deck? You’re in luck—no need to go to an expensive home boutiqu...
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DIY Tales: Converting a Deck to into a Screened-In Porch
Last year Coach and I converted our deck into a screened-in porch, which was absolutely awesome. No more buggy nights, o...
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Easy DIY: Choosing the Right Outdoor Paver for Your DIY Patio Project
Are you toiling with the idea of building your patio floor all by yourself? Here is a guide to help you choose the right...
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Design Files: Presenting the Fall Porch
Welcome to the 2013 Fall Front Porch Tour. I am so happy that you stopped by Top This Top That. It's no secret how ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Patio Heaters
Fall is a lovely time of year to enjoy your outdoor spaces. With the worst of summer’s heat and insects behind you, y...
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Warming Trends: 8 Patio Heaters to Keep You Comfy Outdoors
Fire up one of these innovative patio space heaters to keep your backyard toasty through the chilliest of nights.
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Keep Cozy in Cool Weather with an Outdoor Patio Heater
Now that it's fall, chilly weather chases you indoors after dinner al fresco, and low temperatures in the morning kee...
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Quick Tip: DIY Deck Building
Here are some basic things to remember when building a deck. Attach joist hangers sixteen inches apart on center to t...
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How To: Lay a Dry Stone Patio
You can lay a stone patio yourself. Here's how. Prepare a base of sand or stone dust to provide good drainage in a le...
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How To: Refinish Rusty Patio Furniture
Don't throw out that rusty garden furniture. Restoring it can be a great weekend project. Use a wire brush or sandpap...
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How To: Protect and Beautify a Wood Deck
There are lots of ways to refinish a deck. If you want to showcase a fine wood species, such as mahogany, cedar, or r...
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DIY Tales: Repairing Swimming Pool Equipment
So the pool's a swamp again, despite battling with all the modern chemical weaponry at my disposal. It's time to throw i...
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10 Inventive Ideas for a Perfect Porch
If your porch is feeling a little down, pump it up with these fantastic additions to turn the everyday porch into the one-of-a-kind.
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Decked Out: 5 Approaches to Designing Your Dream Deck
Personal style plays a major role in so many of our expenditures, but in the backyard, we often settle for a plain wo...
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10 Ways to Create Your Own Paradise in the Backyard
Any outdoor living space, be it a compact apartment terrace or an expansive poolside patio, becomes so much more invi...
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Create a Restful Refuge with a Traditional Sleeping Porch
As a youngster, one of summer's great thrills was "sleeping out," usually on someone’s deck or porch, but sometimes e...
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How To: Build a Basic Backyard Fire Pit
Many homes have fireplaces or propane stoves inside, but there’s nothing quite like enjoying a fire pit under the sta...
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Considering a Wood Deck? It's Not Just About Good Looks
There are many wood species that can be used for outdoor decks, but not all offer the same benefits and maintenance r...
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Outdoor Storage: 10 Smart Solutions for Your Deck, Porch, or Patio
Use stylish outdoor storage solutions to keep your gardening tools, outdoor hats, and backyard bash supplies from running amok.
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Beat the Heat: 16 DIY Outdoor Showers to Cool You Down
Nothing feels better on a hot summer day after hitting it hard outdoors, than showering outdoors. Even if you can’t swing a pool or spa on your property, an outdo...
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DIY Backyard Playhouse
Our little playhouse is finally finished. It's been a real labor of love and a challenge to keep the budget low and us...
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Planning Guide: Patios
Patio. The word itself calls to mind an image of splendid sun-drenched days spent sipping chilled drinks under the we...
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Patio Materials 101
[bobsays_inset]Patios can make your outdoor space more enjoyable, increase your home's value, and not so insignifican...
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How To: Build a Deck
The beauty of a deck is that—unlike bare ground or lawn—it’s level, stable, supports furniture, sheds rain, and provi...
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How To: Grill Like the Pros
The most satisfying summer meals usually involve a backyard and a grill. According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue...
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How To: Care for Your Grill
Summertime! The living is easy and—more often than not—the food is grilled. From burgers, dogs, and steaks to chicken...
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Planning Guide: Outdoor Kitchens
The summer backyard barbeque, an American tradition, has developed into a year-round pastime that includes everything...
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Buyer's Guide: Grills
Nearly 8 out of 10 (or 77 percent) households own an outdoor barbecue grill or smoker, according to the Hearth, Patio...
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Care and Repair of Outdoor Furniture
When choosing outdoor furniture for a garden room, outdoor kitchen, or multi-level deck, some consumers prefer qualit...
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Pick the Right Grill
Whether you like charcoal or gas, a single grill or a cooking station, how and where you use a grill will help you de...
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Outdoor Showers 101
Outdoor showers accent pool areas or backyards, providing a convenient place to clean off and a yard feature that is ...
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Building a Basic Deck
Decks and other outdoor spaces are different from ordinary rooms. They serve as an intermezzo between home and nature...
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Building a Concrete Pool Deck
Textures and coatings can give you a lasting concrete pool deck to match your needs and weather challenges.  Creating...
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Blend Your Deck into the Landscape
Outdoor decks connect the interior of a home to the natural world. “Decks are the first transition from the inside of...
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Creating Your Ideal Outdoor Room
No matter what climate you live in, chances are outdoor rooms are hot in your area — and with good reason. Outdoor ro...
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Composite Decking: 10 Great Reasons to Rethink Wood
Durable, colorfast, and resistant to mold, mildew, and rot, composite decking is taking center stage in backyards across the country.
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Pea Gravel Brings Beauty to Any Patio
Outdoor spaces add value, not only for resale, but in lifestyle terms as well. If you're in the process of designing ...
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIYs to Improve Your Outdoor Space
With June officially having kicked off the summer, we look forward to a season under the sun. But if your deck, porch...
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From the Community: Front Planters - Planted!
Okay, so these were planted a few weeks ago. But I was waiting, waiting, waiting for the begonias to finally flower so ...
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Beat the Heat with These 10 Cool Outdoor Umbrellas
No need to rush off to Kokomo—you'll get there fast and then you'll take it slow with these stylish umbrellas that can create a paradise right in your own backyard.
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12 Outdoor Rugs to Fit Every Budget and Style
Bring a resilient splash of color outside with these durable all-weather rugs that resist open-air perils like mildew and fading.
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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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Cleaning the Grill That Couldn't Be Cleaned
Every year for Father’s Day I clean something of HH’s that he normally doesn’t clean and thus is quite...
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7 Easy Budget-Friendly Backyard Makeovers
If your backyard feels a little ho-hum, get ready to give it a makeover. Whether you have a small yard, or a property where acreage is no object, you can enhance ...
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10 DIY Lawn Games to Bring the Amusement Park Home
Ring toss, tetherball, lawn bowling—these outdoor games are not only fun to play, they're super easy to make.
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How To: Build a Horseshoe Pit
When summer is on, it’s time to get outside and play. If you're looking for ways to make your backyard more fun, why ...
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Composite Decking 101
For what is meant to be a relaxing outdoor refuge, a deck can sure be a lot of work. Sanding, power-washing, refinish...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Prep for a Backyard Bash
Among the true joys of summer is the opportunity to spend more time outside relaxing, entertaining, and playing. But ...
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Area Rugs Set Fashion Free in the Great Outdoors
Thanks to modern advances in fabrication, outdoor rugs have never featured more extensive design options. A favorite ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Flag Poles
Today is Flag Day, the day we honor the Stars and Stripes. Whatever your politics, this is a good day to fly the flag...
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Bob Vila Radio: Potting Benches
A potting bench can be a handy addition to any yard or patio—even if you’re not much of a gardener! Here’s why. Liste...
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Backyard Decks Go Green with Redwood Construction
Contrary to popular belief, redwood can be a very environmentally-friendly building material especially when compared...
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The Kind of Front Porch You Never Want to Leave
I know what they say.......that the kitchen is the heart of the home. The place where family and friends congregate, lau...
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Light It Up: DIY Landscape Lighting
There is a corner of our yard that is dark and shadowy; the shadows by the bushes freak out the dogs when they go out at...
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10 Top-Rated Grills to Fire Up This Summer
If you're shopping for a new grill, here are ten top-rated models (from deluxe to portable) worthy of your consideration—and your backyard.
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10 Gadgets to Make Yours the Best BBQ on the Block
With summer barbecue season almost upon us, don't miss these great gadgets to make your backyard cookouts the envy of every grilling gourmand in your neighborhood.
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10 Faux Planters with Genuine Style
Lightweight and low-maintenance, these budget-friendly planters match the look and style of much more expensive options.
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How To: Style Your Patio—From Slab to Sensational!
Don’t let your back sliding door be the final boundary of your living spaces. Now that a warmer season is upon ...
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14 "Bright" Ideas for Lighting Your Backyard
Make the most of long summer nights with the right kind of lighting for your outdoor space.
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The Demolition of a Patio Overhang
As a new weekend dawns, so does the need for more destruction. Since the HOA told us to tear down our front overhang, we...
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How To: Build a Brick Patio
Of the materials suitable for use in patio construction, brick stands out for its beauty and ease of installation. De...
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12 Awesome Outdoor Dining Ideas
Designer Jamie Durie framed this outdoor dining room by incorporating a large backyard pine tree into a stone wall. The...
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5 Easy Ways to Update Your Outdoor Space
This weekend gave us our first glimpse of impromptu summer BBQ’s and warm lingering evenings spent on the deck. ...
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Patio Design: Today's 7 Most Popular Materials
In the course of designing your dream patio, be sure to factor the material's aesthetics, durability, and maintenance requirements into your decision-making.
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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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It's All in the Details—House Numbers
House numbers may seem to be one of the most basic and utilitarian features of your home, and in the past, this may h...
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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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Give Your Facade a Facelift: Simple, Affordable Ways to Boost Curb Appeal
Just like windows are the eyes to the soul, the outside of a home gives viewers a first impression of what’s inside. ...
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Great Grill Gear from the International Gift Fair
Charcoal or gas? Beef or chicken? Veggies or fruit? There are so many decisions to make about grilling—and best of al...
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Product Round-Up: Decor for the Great Outdoors
With all of the emphasis on outdoor living, it comes as no surprise that products to decorate gardens, patios, decks ...
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How To: Build a Porch
A porch is simply a deck with a roof on it, right? Not quite. While some porches may be as simple as that, many are m...
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Craft a Perfect Outdoor Kitchen
Nothing quite beats the enjoyment of cooking and dining outdoors. Fortunately, creating a lovely open-air kitchen is ...
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Porch Style
Americans love their porches, and for good reason. This neutral sliver of space between household tasks and yard work...
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The Queen Anne Porch
Less is not more when it comes to the Queen Anne. Here are some of the exuberant architectural details that make this style so enduringly popular.
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The Colonial Porch
There are many design details that distinguish the Colonial-style porch. Here are ten that will help you get the look.
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The Farmhouse Porch
Classic and non-fussy, the farmhouse porch is all about easy care and casual style. Here are ten products to help you create the look.
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The Bungalow Porch
With its anchoring columns and low-pitched roof, the Bungalow porch offers a variety of distinguishing features. Here's how you can get the look.
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Weekend Bargains: Get Grilling!
There's no denying it, grilling is one of the best parts of summer living. It is a great way to get the family outsid...
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Outdoor Showers: The New Accessible Luxury
Whether they are freestanding, store-bought, or built-in, today's outdoor showers are accessible luxuries for many. Here are some of our favorites.
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Adirondack Chairs: 10 New Classics for Today
A New England creation turned countrywide deck favorite, this American standard is as popular as ever.
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Outdoor Wall Sconces: Lighting the Way with Style
In addition to providing necessary lighting, outdoor wall sconces can easily improve the curb appeal of your home. Here are some stylish examples to light your way.
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Anatomy of an Adirondack Chair
Warm summer nights make me want to lounge back with a cool beverage and watch the sunset from our back deck after the...
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Bob Vila Radio: DIY Concrete
Even though the words are often used interchangeably, concrete and cement are not the same thing. Portland cement is ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fly the Flag
So independence day is upon us, and what better way to show your spirit than to fly the flag…but did you know there a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Safe Decks
More than a third of new homes are built with backyard decks, and they’re a really a popular do-it-yourself project. ...
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Sizzling Hot Deals on Grills—NOW!
If you don't have a grill—or are in need of a replacement or upgrade—this is the week to shop. With July 4th just day...
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9 Easy-to-Make Garden Luminaries
Even if you are not an avid DIYer, you can easily make one of these garden luminaries to lighten your landscape.
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10 Morsels of Grilling Wisdom from the Pros
To help you grill like a pro this summer, here are ten helpings of wisdom from some of your favorite chefs.
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How To: Make Garden Luminaries
Luminaries create an enchanting glow at dusk along a garden path or atop a picnic table. Here’s how to turn an old sa...
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How To: Make an Outdoor Shower
Whether you’re cooling off, rinsing off, or actually bathing, an outdoor shower is a fun and relatively easy summer D...
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Bob Vila Radio: Decking Options
If you’re building a deck this summer, you’ve got a lot of decking choices. Pressure-treated southern yellow pine has...
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How To: Stain a Wood Deck
A wood deck is certainly a thing of beauty, but only if it is well maintained from year to year. If your deck is show...
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The Great Deck Build: Part 2 (On Reflection)
Our home improvement projects often suffer from “mission creep,” as one seemingly simple project becomes hopelessly e...
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Picnic Tables at "Summer-Friendly" Prices
Picnics are as much a part of summer as swimming pools and mosquitos. So we've rounded up some great picnic table bar...
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Bob Vila Radio: Choosing Outdoor Furniture
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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The Great Deck Build: Part 1
Sundays can be a dangerous day in our household due to the abundance of home improvement circulars that arrive with t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Buying a Grill
If you’re shopping for a new gas grill this season, you can pay anywhere from $100 to more than $10,000. You usually ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Grill Maintenance
Keep your grill running smoothly this season by doing a few key maintenance checks. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON GRILL...
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Umbrellas: Stylish, Versatile, and On Sale!
Umbrellas are good for more than just keeping you dry in a rain storm. They're also ideal for adding a practical and ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Outdoor Furniture
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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2011 Trends in Outdoor Entertaining
When home entertaining moves outdoors with the warmer weather, the gourmet cooking experience doesn’t have to be conf...
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Bob Vila Radio: Curb Appeal
mp3 linkListen to BOB VILA ON CURB APPEAL, or read text below:I got a question from Julie in Tacoma: “I want to sell ...
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Patio Pavers 101
Pavers are a versatile, DIY-friendly, landscaping material that can be used for laying paths, steps, driveways, pool ...
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10 "Best in Class" Patio Pavers
Whether you are looking to create a walkway, patio or pool surround, today's pavers offer unlimited design options for any hardscape plan.
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Adirondack Chairs: Modern Takes at Reduced Prices
The Adirondack chair dates back to 1903, when Thomas Lee couldn't get comfortable. While vacationing with his family ...
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Outdoor Kitchens: 12 "Delicious" Designs to Drool Over
No matter where you live, there is an outdoor kitchen design that suits your project budget and style preferences.
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Get Inspired! 17 Sensational Deck Designs
A deck can extend your entertaining space into the great outdoors of your yard. You may use it most to host friends and family, or if you’re lucky enough to have ...
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13 Fire Pits We Love
Fire pits continue to heat up consumer demand. Here are thirteen reasons why.
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Planning Guide: Wood Decks
Deck building is on the rise. According to a 2011 report by The Freedonia Group, leading business researchers, “U. S....
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The Hardscaping Trend: Upgrade Your Outdoor Areas
Home sales are still recovering, but business is brisk when it comes to homeowners upgrading their outdoor spaces. La...
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Outdoor Lighting: 12 Products to Light Your Way
Whether you are looking to illuminate your front entry, deck, walkway or landscape, today's outdoor lighting options are plentiful.
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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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Viva La Outdoor Fireplace
It’s January and, while some of the country is buried in snow, people in more moderate climates are still enjoying th...
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Winterizing Your Patio Furniture
As sad as it is to move indoors after enjoying your outdoor furniture all summer, taking a little extra time to care ...
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Flag Etiquette
On this Fourth of July weekend, we thought we would share some information on the proper etiquette for displaying the...
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This Old Flagpole
Summer folks on the New England shore have a long-standing tradition of flying the flag from Memorial Day to Labor Da...
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On the Deck
This year the deck on our summer place turns 11. The deck isn’t vast, maybe 10' x 30'—just the right size for evening...
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Installing the New Garage Doors
Bob talks with Robert Rainey of PJ Overhead Door as the new and improved garage door panels and tracks are installed on the Norwell home.
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Fiberglass Windows, Sliding Glass Patio Doors, and Mold-Growth Prevention
Fiberglass windows and sliding glass patio doors are installed. A trailer is brought in to remove moist air and bring in dry, clean air to prevent mold growth whi...
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Constructing the Porch and Reviewing the Mechanical Systems
A big farmer's porch will run the whole width of the house. Bob discusses the boiler, which will heat the domestic hot water, radiant floor heating, and hydro-air...
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Building a First-Floor Slab and Walls with Concrete
The home's concrete-slab floor is constructed with foam decking and connected to PEX tubing that will heat the home. The ReddiForm foam blocks enable a single con...
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Laying Out and Framing the Deck
Bob checks in with carpenter Bob Ryley as he lays out and begins to frame the deck.
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Building a Redwood Deck and a Redwood-and-Cedar Fence
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley build a redwood deck. Carpenter Danny Ruffini installs a custom-made redwood-and-cedar fence on the perimeter.
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Installing a Retaining Wall
Bob reviews the Allen Block retaining wall that is being installed in the backyard. This secondary terrace will serve to transition from the wood deck to the big ...
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Reviewing the Front Porch, and Installing Interior Columns and a Vanity
Bob reviews the Victorian design elements of his front-corner porch and the interior columns that echo the exterior ones, and then watches the turn-of-the-century...
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Installing Bluestone Pavers on the Terrace
Bob meets with Mark Marini of Schumacher Landscaping to discuss the installation of the bluestone pavers on the lower terrace.
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Beginning the Landscaping
Bob meets with landscape architects Rick and Nancy Lamb to assess the back yard. Arborist Charley Cummings trims some Hemlock trees.
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Replacing an Exterior Door and Windows
A new, lower-maintenance front door is installed, as well as new bay windows.
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Fixing a Rotted Deck and Columns on the Porch
Carpenters replace a rotted deck, and a rotted porch column is reconstructed with concrete.
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Hardscaping, Selecting Plants, Installing Artificial Grass in the Backyard, and Preventing Weed Growth
Backyard landscaping has progressed with the completion of stone work, new plantings, weed control, and the installation of artificial grass.
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Installing a Porch Floor and Light and Constructing a Porch Trellis
The front of the Melrose house gets finishing touches, including a new, insect-resistant porch deck, new trellises, and a porch light.
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Installing Exterior Lighting
Landscape lighting is installed in the front and back yards.
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Creating Decorative Styrofoam Columns
Bob works with Jesse Gonzalez to create Styrofoam columns for the decorative columns on the front of the house.
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Color Staining a Concrete Floor
Tom Moorad joins Bob to satin a concrete floor.
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Spraying On and Painting a Heat-Reflective Pool Deck
Don Humphrey is spraying a cement and polymer mix onto the pool edge.
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Roof Deck Construction
Bob and Chris Vila meet with David and Jed Walentas of Two Trees Development on the top of a nearby building to get some ideas for the project building's roof deck.
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Safety Railing Installation
An ironworker secures the rooftop deck's safety railing to its footings. Then, Bob meets with the window installer who is putting frosted thermal glass walls on t...
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Privacy Glass Installation
Bob looks on as the window installer puts in the glass walls for the head house (the structure surrounding the stares that lead up from the penthouse).
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Building the Roof Deck With Ipe
Bob watches the ongoing installation of the roof deck, which is being built woth a sustainable tropical hardwood decking called Ipe.
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Installation of the Modular Home's Second Floor
Installation of the second floor sections begins as Bob points out the complexity of the pre-fabricated pieces.
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Composite Deck Railing Installation
Bob watches the crew installing the deck railing. The composite railing product comes pre-milled to accept all the railing components.
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Reviewing the Architectural Floor Plans for the Brownstone Remodel
Reviewing the architectural floor plans for the Brownstone remodel, salvaging the vintage sink, and removing asbestos tile uncovered at the start of demolition.
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Redwood Deck Installation and Tour of Vermont Organic Farm
Bob talks with Ron Holen from Georgia-Pacific as the finishing touches are completed on the redwood front porch deck. Bob also visits with farmers at Cedar Mounta...
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Installing Tapered Columns
Bob observes as carpenter Pat Cloutier finishes off installing the tapered columns on the front porch.
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Finished Brownstone Bathroom, Bedroom, and Patio
Bob and Chris Vila continue the walk-through of the Manhattan Brownstone with a look at the new bathroom.
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Discussing Architectural Plans for the Victorian Restoration
Bob walks with the owner and architect through different rooms on the first floor of the Victorian. Looking over the floor plans, they discuss the changes that w...
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Building the Backyard Deck
Bob observes as general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski finishes up the picture framing for the mahogany deck.
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Working With Unilock Tumbled Concrete Pavers
Bob joins Brian Kallmeyer (from Unilock) to talk about concrete pavers. Unlike natural stone, these pavers are made in a mold, so they are easy to work with. In t...
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Update on Deck, Breezeway, and Barn/Studio
Bob provides an update on the status of the mahogany deck, the breezeway, and the completed barn/studio.
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Engineered Wood Exterior Trim and Porch Ceiling
Bob meets with Dave Probst (from Louisiana Pacific) to learn about LP's Smart System Products and Lisa Francis (from the Engineered Wood Association) joins to wat...
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Building the Back Porch
With the help of Herman Jaensch and his students from Saunders Technical High School in Yonkers, NY, Habitat constructs the back porch of the Blitz Build house.
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Installing Trim on the Back Porch
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley install trim on the back porch of the Habitat for Humanity house in Yonkers, NY.
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Back Porch and Kitchen Tour
Bob takes a look at the rear side, and kitchen, of the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build project house in Yonkers, NY.
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Reviewing the Home's Framing
Bob reviews the frame of the home and the interior layout.
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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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Laying Plywood for the Front Porch Ceiling
General contractor Kevin Kalman and carpenter Bob Ryley lay plywood to the soffit of the front porch ceiling.
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Discussing the Home's Landscaping and Hardscaping
Bob discusses the home's landscaping and hardscaping with general contractor Kevin Kalman and landscaper Josh Gavin.
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Lamp Making and Landscaping
Bob explores the practice of custom lamp making and learns more about the outdoor fireplace.
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Reviewing the Exterior and Discussing the Addition
General contractor Sam Daniels gives Bob the details about the three-level northeast addition.
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Building a Porch Railing
Carpenter Bob Ryley and George (from Crosswinds Enterprises) collaborate to build a porch railing for the accessible home. Looking on, Bob discusses the building ...
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Mahogany Deck and Kitchen Appliances
Carpenter Bob Ryley works on the mahogany deck, while new kitchen appliances are installed and the lighting and cabinets undergo examination.
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Home Three: Roof Deck and Hot Tub Installation Project
Bob tours the third Elmwood project house, an eclectic Queen Anne sometimes known as the "Castle of Elmwood". The goal is to reinforce an old sundeck, so that it ...
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Hot Tub Installation
Bob drops by the third Elmwood project house to watch as the deck is covered with rubber and the hot tub is installed.
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Installing a Railing on the Hot Tub Deck
Carpenter Bob Ryley helps install the new railing on the hot tub deck.
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Laying Down the Mahogany Deck and Final Tour of Third House
The mahogany roof deck is complete, with the hot tub sturdily supported. Bob takes a final tour of the residence, the third Elmwood project house.
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House Five: Queen Anne Victorian Porch Restoration
Bob meets with Judy Lee, the owner of the fifth Elmwood project house. The front porch, built in 1892, must be replaced.
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Porch Restoration: Custom Reproduction Moldings and Chatsworth's Columns
Porch restoration continues on the fifth Elmwood project house, with Forester Moulding and Lumber re-milling many porch elements.
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Porch Railing and Screen Door Installation
Carpenter Bob Ryley helps install a new porch railing and new screen doors. An underground sprinkler system is also installed.
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Final Tour of the Restored "Bench" Porch House
Bob tours the finished house, the fifth in the Elmwood neighborhood project. Better grading and gutters have been added to prevent future water damage.
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House Six: Portico Restoration, Hardscaping, and Landscaping
Bob meets the owners of the sixth Elmwood neighborhod project house and reviews the proposed portico plans. Built in 1892, the Victorian home needs a new front po...
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Fighting Carpenter Ants and Repairing the Porch
The restoration of the front porch continues with workers putting the decking down and replacing the old columns. In addition, anti-termite control stations are p...
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Installing a Brick Walkway and Porch Lighting, and Milling the Railings and Balusters
Contractors put in the brick walkway. Forester Moulding and Lumber replicates the porch railings and balusters. Also, new security and sprinkler systems are insta...
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Tour of the Restored Victorian Front Porch and Garden
Bob takes a last look at the restored porch, its second-floor balustrade, polished-brass door fixtures, and the newly planted rose garden and boxwood bushes.
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Removing Lead Paint From Exterior Surfaces
Bob looks on as contractors remove lead paint from the porch columns, then safely dispose of the old paint.
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House Eight: Side Porch Renovation, Landscaping, and Home Inspection
The home's side entry will be restored using the original columns, which homeowner Jim Verity found in the basement. On the front porch, new support beams and rai...
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Installing Sprinkler System and Replicating Porch Balusters & Railing
For the side porch to be sturdy, it will need additional support. An underground sprinkler system is installed and replicating old railings is discussed.
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Landscaping, Front Column Installation, and Home Security System
Landscaping work continues, as the new security system is installed and the reproduction railing is going into place on the front porch.
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Finishing Touches on the Two Porches
Bob points out that the side porch is nearly complete and remarks on the landscaping, before he meets homeowner Jim Verity on the completed front porch.
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Restoring the Front Porch
The front porch is undergoing full restoration, due to excessive water and pest damage to the columns and other structural elements. Demolition begins and repair ...
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Weaving Cedar Shingles and Prepping Damaged Wood Trim for Painting
Front porch restoration continues with the roof being replaced and new red cedar shingles being applied on the porch wall. Bob demonstrates the shingle weaving pr...
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Painting Shingles and Shutters, Landscaping, and Hardscaping
Contractors put the finishing touches on the front porch by adding new Yellow Pine shutters and a coat of Sherwin Williams latex paint to the exterior.
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The Font Porch, Façade, and Yard
Bob visits the completed house and talks to the homeowners about their new home's new façade, with its completed porch and newly landscaped yard.
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Patio Plan and Demolition
Bob meets with the contractor to take down the old patio slab and lay out the new one.
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Project Update on the Patio and Kitchen
Bob meets with contractor Ed Weller for a project update. The patio is well underway and the landscaping is beginning. A stone grill has been started and, inside,...
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Installing an Electric Outdoor Grill
Bob and contractor Ed Weller look at the outside electric grill.
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Constructing a Patio Lanai
Bob meets with Ana Bolanos to watch the lanai built. Ana reviews the construction process and Bob joins in to help raise the walls.
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Removing the Porch Columns
Bob helps remove the front porch columns, so they can be replicated and used on the home's new back porch.
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Framing the Back Porch
Bob reviews progress on the joist system being constructed for the new back porch. The concrete has been poured and framing has begun.
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Installing the Roof on the Back Porch
Bob confers with two carpenters, as they begin to install the Dutch gable roof system on the back porch. Once the ridge beam is secured, rafters are added.
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Installing Clapboard Siding on the Front Porch
Bob and carpenter Cortney Lofton install clapboard siding on the front porch of the bungalow. In addition, they reinforce the gable to correct an existing sag, th...
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Sheathing the Back Porch Roof
Bob confers with carpenter Cortney Lofton, who explains the framing technique used to replicate the front porch, before he sheaths the new back porch roof.
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Project Plans for the Porch and Pool Deck
Bob outlines the building plans for the new back porch and pool deck at the Studio City, CA project house.
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Installing Indian Slate Tiles on Back Porch and Pool Deck
Bob and contractor Cortney Lofton discuss the Indian slate tile being installed on the pool deck and back porch.
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Laying Redwood Decking
Bob confers with carpenter Cortney Lofton, as he lays the redwood decking for the back porch.
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Tour of the Home's Remodeled Exterior
Bob tours the home's exterior, noting that the crowned gates are complete and that a locking latch has been added to secure the pool. Bob also remarks on the land...
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Deck Demolition
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley begin demolition work on the deck. The supporting beams are cut and the deck parts are carried away, and Bob notes the flaws found in ...
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Building a Deck and Stairs
Bob meets with contractor Bill Wilcox to help build a landing and steps up to the French doors. Bob reviews the footings that support the deck, as well as the met...
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Rebuilding the Deck With Salvaged Lumber
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley rebuild the deck in the rear of the addition using salvaged lumber from the demolition.
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Framing the Deck and Laying the Deck Boards
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley continue working on the backyard deck. Once they've finished theframing, they begin laying the deck boards.
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Front Porch Work
Bob reviews the progress being made on the front of the house and, with restoration contractor Richard Marks, discusses the original brick and masonry work.
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Demolition of the Front Porch
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley discuss the demolition of the existing farmer's porch, and, once the electricity has been turned off, they begin to remove the roof.
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Installing a Bluestone Floor
Bob discusses the bluestone floor being installed in the greenhouse.
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Installing the Decking and Joists
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install 4x10 douglas fir floor joists, and also put in 2 x 6 spruce tongue-and-groove decking on the second floor.
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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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Laying the Decking for the First Floor
Having reviewed their work on preparing the site, Bob and contractor Bob Ryley begin laying the first-floor decking by using glue and nails to attach the plywood ...
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Building a Covered Porch
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley begin work on constructing the covered porch. Once the joists are in place, and the decking has been laid down, Bob and Bob turn to...
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Creating the Porch Railings and Balusters
After reviewing the final stages of the septic system installation, Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install the decorative porch railings and balusters that Ryley ...
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Victorian House Landscaping
Landscape designer Ruth Foster visits the project site to explain her choice of plantings for the formal courtyard garden.
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Building the Farmer's Porch
Bob discusses the process of building the farmer's porch with contractor Larry Landers. The natural crowning of wood is discussed, as are methods for ensuring a l...
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Applying Rubber Roofing and Flashing
The crew is on the new roof deck applying a rubber roofing material. A thin layer of adhesive is applied and allowed to set before the the rubber is rolled into p...
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Framing the Porch Roof
Bob confers with contractor Larry Landers, as Landers and his crew assemble the front porch framework on the Wayland project house. Landers goes on to explain how...
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Building the Porch Rail
The carpenter shows Bob the new railing on the deck off the master bedroom, explaining that code requires that it be 36 inches tall. The carpenter then builds a p...
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Building the "Floating" Deck
The "floating" deck is built off the master bedroom, over the kitchen. Under the decking, rubber padding is placed.
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Pine Porch Ceiling
Contractor Larry Landers installs V-groove pine on the ceiling of the new front porch and demonstrates how to stagger and miter boards for an attractive, old-fash...
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Surveying the Deck Damage
Bob and the architect survey the problem areas of the home and eventually focus on the decaying deck.
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Framing the New Entryway
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley start building the frame for the new entryway.
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Installing the Deck
Once the deck has been installed, Bob heads to picturesque Nantucket to see a very large and impressive backyard deck.
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Repairing the Outdoor Barbecue
Bob demonstrates some masonry techniques for repairing a crumbling outdoor barbecue.
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Building a Trellis
A trellis-- the frame and lattice of which have been built in the workshop-- is installed in the front yard.
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Building a Free-Floating Deck
Due to flood plain regulations, the deck cannot be attached to the house-- it has to be free-floating. Bob helps the contractors set up the posts and joists, and ...
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Screen Porch and Ceiling Fan
Bob reviews the plans to create a new screen porch with a ceiling fan at the Naples project house.
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Final Tour of the Porch, Swimming Pool, and Interior
Bob tours the finished porch and pool area, and exchanges comments on the beautiful completed project with the architect.
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Raising the Girt Beam and Building the Deck
The girt beam is raised and the first floor deck is built.
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Expanded Outdoor Living
The expansive new outdoor deck brings indoor living outside. Meg Tarvin (from FrontGate) joins to describe the furnishings that create this outdoor living room, a...
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Installing Cedar Deck Railings
General contractor Tim Berky is building the cedar deck railings, first by notching the edge board to receive posts, then by fitting one post into each notch. Onc...
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Building a Western Red Cedar Deck
Bob reviews the structure for the new deck. Paul Mackie (of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association) joins to discuss the benefits of building with western red c...
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Building the Deck Frame
General contractor Tim Berky and his crew remove existing cladding in order to fit the ledger board for the deck tight against the house, with an ice and water ba...
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Plans for the Multi-Level Backyard Deck
The extensive new deck will have multiple levels and various sections. General contractor Tim Berky digs holes for the footings before setting them in concrete.
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Excavation and Foundation Work
Bob joins general contractor Tim Berky to hear how the foundation and footing will be handled for the Victorian kitchen remodel and deck addition.
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