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9 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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Top 10 Classic DIY Projects for the Outdoors
It's time to embrace the warmer weather by tackling a couple of outdoor DIY home improvements. There's so much to be done, where do you start? How about right her...
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11 Living Fences That Look Better Than Chain Link
Natural fences constructed of shrubbery, trees, or flowering bushes are attractive and environmentally friendly havens for songbirds, butterflies, and other desir...
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14 Ways to Make Your Small Yard Seem Big
Even a small yard can feel spacious if you design it the right way. Read on for our favorite ways to make your small yard look bigger.
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The Right Path: 15 Wonderful Walkway Designs
From gravel to brick, bluestone to concrete, these gorgeous walkway ideas can take you wherever you want to go in your landscaping.
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The Do's and Don'ts of Choosing a New House Color
When it comes to picking exterior paint colors, there are a number of things to consider before making a final decision. Here are some basic do’s and don’ts to he...
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15 Plants for Where the Sun Don't Shine
Hardy, shade plants and flowers bring beautiful blooms even to those parts of your backyard that receive little light. Read on for a list of plants that don't nee...
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Perfectly Suited: 15 Top-Rated Color Combinations for Your Home Exterior
Selecting a single color for the outside of your house can be difficult enough, but trying to find two or more hues that work well together makes the decision eve...
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The Easiest Way to Get More Money for Your Home
Hoping to sell your home this season? Undoubtedly, you want the very best offer. So, before you put your home on the ...
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9 Mistakes You Should Never Make with the American Flag
Flying the grand old flag on Memorial Day is a great way to honor our servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much for our country. Not only is it festive to ...
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9 of the Best Shrubs for Any Garden
A lush landscape is the dream of many a homeowner. But if you don’t live in an established neighborhood, you don't get to reap the benefits of mature plantings. Y...
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10 Ways You're Killing Your Curb Appeal
Never underestimate the importance of curb appeal. Not only does your home exterior give a first impression to guests, it can also influence real estate transacti...
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14 DIY Project Materials Hiding in Your Backyard
Sometimes you don’t need to go much farther than your back door to find the supplies you need for your DIY projects. Check out these ingenious creations for the h...
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The Biggest Outdoor Design Trends of 2018—So Far
A yard is more than grass that you have to mow, it's an extension of your living space. Homeowners who commit time and money toward landscaping their yard not onl...
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12 Outdoor Upgrades That Make Your Home More Valuable
Exterior upgrades enhance the look of your property and can offer recreational benefits. Not every renovation, however, produces a return on investment, and some ...
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Solved! Which Evergreens Grow the Fastest
Q: We just bought a house in a brand new development so our yard is pretty bare. We’d like to plant some fast-growing...
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10 Colorful Shrubs for a Standout Winter Garden
The dreary days of winter become even more bleak if your landscape looks dead, brown, and bare. Cheer up your lawn and garden with these 10 showy shrubs that offe...
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The 9 Best Types of Gravel for Your Driveway
When you think of a gravel driveway, you may imagine a sleepy, dusty lane that leads to a quaint rural cottage or farmhouse on a lonely country road. In reality, ...
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7 Ways to Get Better Curb Appeal in 60 Minutes or Less
Are you dissatisfied with your home’s less-than-fabulous first impression but too strapped for time to do anything about it? Don’t worry! You don’t have to take o...
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13 Easy DIYs for Instant Autumn Curb Appeal
As the days grow shorter and the first chill of fall fills the air, you may feel inspired to update your home’s curb appeal. It's time to sweep away all memory of...
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All You Need to Know About Retaining Walls
Does your yard contain slopes, dips, and inclines? Then you likely have a retaining wall somewhere on your property. ...
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3 Ways a New Garage Door Can Transform Your Curb Appeal
Most folks don’t think about replacing a garage door until they absolutely have to, waiting until it gets damaged or ...
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10 Low-Cost Solutions for an Ugly Lawn
Has your lawn seen better days? From overgrown weeds to brown patches, an unkempt yard might be bringing down your curb appeal a few notches. But before you shell...
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9 Clever Landscaping Hacks for Your Best-Ever Yard
A well-maintained yard lends major curb appeal to your home, but creating a picture-perfect lawn and garden is no easy feat. If your yard could use a little refre...
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The Best Low-Maintenance Ground Covers for Your Garden
Whether you do it yourself or you pay a landscaper, maintaining a vibrant garden and lush lawn requires time, effort, and money. One way to cut back on the energy...
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12 Big Ideas for Small Backyards
There’s a common misconception that for a garden to flourish it has to be given lots of land and room to breathe. In reality, a small space can provide the founda...
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5 Curb Appeal Lessons from a Gorgeous Garage Makeover
Nothing sours a home’s first impression like a garage that’s seen better days. Fortunately, sprucing up that focal po...
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All You Need to Know About German Smear
Worn-down bricks make any home look unfashionable and outdated. Instead of shelling out big bucks to repaint their ex...
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9 Ways to Crank Up Curb Appeal with Nothing But Paint
You don't need a professional landscaper or construction crew to make your house the envy of the block. Borrow inspiration from these colorful curb appeal ideas t...
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Bad Neighbors: 11 Plant Pairs Never to Grow Side by Side
As many a green thumb knows, there are certain plants you should never grow together. Some plants hog all the sunlight, others zap nutrients from the soil, and st...
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10 New Ways to Display Your House Numbers
Sure, house numbers make it easier for mail carriers to find the right address, or for guests to know they've reached their destination, but house numbers do so m...
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25 Plants for Your Easiest Garden Ever
Sure, you could spend all spring and summer weeding, watering, and tending the garden, but there's an easier way to grow a stunning landscape. It all starts with ...
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Welcome Home: 11 Fresh Ways to Spruce Up Your Front Door
Whether your front door is drab, dated, or downright unwelcoming, you can change its look—and re-energize the soul of the space—with a few simple but artful chang...
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12 Easy Ways to Create Curb Appeal in Winter
The winter blues are real, but there’s hope, even for what feels like a cold, dead, and lifeless yard. Eject the doldrums from your winter landscape with one of t...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Key to Choosing a New Front Door
When shopping for a new front door, you'll want to keep a few things in mind. First, your choice should complement th...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Choosing a New Garage Door
Americans love cars. For evidence, look no further than the design of the average postwar home. The garage often clai...
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14 of the Best Plants for Your Drought-Tolerant Garden
Water conservation is at the forefront of gardeners’ minds in many parts of the country. Luckily, there are a wide variety of drought-tolerant plants that thrive ...
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10 Ways to Buy Better Curb Appeal for Under $50
It's a simple fact that curb appeal helps sell houses. But for those with no plans to move any time soon, a visually appealing exterior and landscaping is a point...
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All You Need to Know About Fence Materials
From the zigzag post-and-rail of the Colonial era to the elaborate molded vinyl styles of today, fences have always b...
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14 Insanely Easy Curb Appeal Projects You Can Do in a Day
Sure, you’d love to amp up your public image and be the envy of the neighborhood. You just don’t want to work too hard at it! Lucky for you, the projects here are...
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The 3 Best Reasons to Upgrade Your Garage Door
Every time you leave or return home, you can’t help but notice the garage door. But how often do you really look at i...
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10 Fast-Growing Plants for (Almost) Instant Curb Appeal
Bright flowers and colorful foliage are the easiest ways to amp up your curb appeal. If you're in a rush to get things growing, try one of these fast-blooming var...
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The Best 10 Plants to Grow for Backyard Privacy
If you need privacy in your yard, but don’t want to—or can’t—install a fence, you still have plenty of options. There’s a great selection of trees, shrubs, and vi...
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11 Ways You're Accidentally Ruining Your Lawn
A beautiful lawn is a reflection of the care you put into it. But sometimes, a particular maintenance routine can do more harm than good. Here are 11 common care ...
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Genius! The Easy Way to Add Privacy to a Chain-Link Fence
Chain-link fences have bordered American yards for more than a century, and with good reason—they're cheap, easy to i...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to DIY a Fence Gate
Adding a fence to your property provides a simple solution for shutting out unwanted animals and nosy neighbors from ...
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11 Things to Do Now for Your Best-Ever Backyard
Winter may be hanging on, but spring is just around the corner. If you're suffering from a bout of spring fever, take on one of these 12 projects that will give y...
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Exterior Motive: 3 Ways to Put a New Face on Your Home
As a well-known quip notes, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression. " The saying applies first and...
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8 No-Care Plants for Killer Curb Appeal in Every Season
If you live in an area of the country with harsh winters, you may be resigned to a dead and dreary yard and garden during the cold months. But it doesn’t have to ...
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Celebrate Fall with 11 Thrifty DIY Projects for the Home
Autumn means cooler temps, crisper air, and, of course, pumpkins, leaves, and seasonal colors galore. Transform your front porch into a welcoming wonder with thes...
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Goodbye Grass: 13 Inspiring Ideas for a "No Mow" Backyard
Americans love our lawns but let's face it: Creating a perfectly manicured yard is time-consuming. Just think about all the weekend hours you've spent cutting, wa...
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Boost Your Curb Appeal with 4 Doable DIY Projects
When it comes to putting your house on the market, you spend much of your time considering how to stage your rooms to...
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Don't Make These 8 Mistakes in Your Front Yard
Maybe you’re a first-time homeowner who is looking to put your personal stamp on your new abode. Or you may be thinking of putting your house on the market and wa...
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7 Ingenious IKEA Hacks for Your Backyard
Having a backyard is a luxury and lets face it, also a lot of work to keep it looking like the oasis you want it to be. You could spend a ton of money on planters...
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Re-Do Your Home Exterior with a New Garage Door
If you were to look at pictures of all the homes built since the mid 1950s, you would notice one obvious commonality: For decades, the garage door has been the mo...
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Quick Tip: Remove a Tree Stump with Epsom Salt
Removing a tree from your yard can be a tricky and expensive process, but it’s especially frustrating when you still ...
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7 Remedies to Rescue a Dying Lawn
The road to a beautiful lawn doesn’t have to be paved with a schedule of chemical treatments. There are several homegrown tips and techniques you can use to help ...
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15 Plants Never to Grow in Your Yard
Many plants are beautiful, but not all are beneficial in a garden. Some of the most eye-catching cultivars can be invasive, poisonous, or attractive to unwelcome ...
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Curb Appeal to Steal from 12 Hollywood Homes
Your home may not be as large or valuable as these celebrity pads, but don’t let that deter you from borrowing a few of these star-caliber ideas for enhancing you...
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7 Thrifty Designs for a DIY Walkway
Garden paths serve both a practical and aesthetic purpose in the yard. They provide a safe and easy walkway to and from the house and garden, and give you an oppo...
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7 No-Fail Exterior Paint Colors
<p>Painting your house’s exterior takes hours of hard work—even just to pick out the colors you love. And with exterior house paint costing $50 per gallon or more...
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How To: Make Concrete Garden Edging
Always affordable and at once both decorative and functional, concrete garden edging effectively defines garden beds,...
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The Invincible Yard: 17 Ideas for Lazy Landscaping
Some people love the backbreaking business of tending to lawn and garden. Then there’s the rest of us—who’d rather relax and let that little piece of heaven large...
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9 Insanely Easy 1-Hour Backyard Projects
Spring and summer bring longer days—but that doesn't mean it's much easier to squeeze in all the projects and repairs that you'd like to do. But when it comes to ...
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Refresh Your Home with 8 Easy Outdoor Paint Projects
If winter has left your outdoor spaces in need of a pick-me-up, let a can of paint come to the rescue. There's nothing a fresh coat of color can't fix! Click thro...
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15 No-Effort Plants for a Foolproof Landscape
What homeowner wouldn't want a lush and colorful garden just outside the window? But while a garden definitely boosts your home's curb appeal, it also claims a lo...
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Before and After: DIY Facelifts for 8 Home Exteriors
As warm weather arrives and you emerge into the light of spring, you may become suddenly aware of all the unsightly or dreary areas that mar your home's exterior....
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New Front Doors Change Everything in 4 Entryway Before-and-Afters
It's almost shocking that a home upgrade as minor as replacing the front door can boost your home's curb appeal in such a major way! Courtesy of Masonite, these b...
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Liven Up Your Winter Porch with 8 Cold-Loving Plants
A spot of color and life on your front porch can ease the winter doldrums. So dust off your gardening gear and pot up a couple cold hardy containers. Plants in co...
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Make One Minor Change to Get Major Curb Appeal
When Remodeling magazine last published its annual Cost vs. Value Report, many were surprised to learn that, of all t...
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9 Bright and Bold Colors for Your Front Door
Before guests even set foot inside your home, the front entrance establishes the tone for the rest of the space. The color you choose for your door might reflect ...
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How To: Paint Vinyl Siding
A sensible siding solution, vinyl remains a popular, budget-friendly choice for home exteriors. People have always lo...
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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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10 Enchanting Landscape Lighting Solutions
Lighting the outside of your home is just as important as lighting the inside. And the same principles apply—you want to provide a combination of overall, task, a...
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No More Mowing: 10 Grass-Free Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn
Many of us have a love-hate relationship with our lawns. Although we enjoy the cool carpet of green grass to lie on and play on in summer, no one wants to spend h...
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Fence Styles: 10 Popular Designs to Consider
With so many fence styles available today, it can be hard for homeowners to choose the one that best fits their property and needs. Fences generally fall into thr...
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Great Entrances: 10 Welcoming Garden Gates
A thoughtfully designed gate can make an already welcoming garden even more so, and give a much-needed decorative boost come winter. Whether integrated into a fen...
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12 Expert Tips for Eye-Catching Front Yard Landscaping
Your front yard, regardless of its size, plays an important role in your home’s overall curb appeal. Attractive landscaping, however, requires more than just a be...
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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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13 Exterior Paint Colors to Help Sell Your House
Like the hues you choose for indoors, exterior house colors should be ones you love coming home to day after day. That being said, if you're planning to put your ...
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9 Ways to Reduce Exterior Home Maintenance—for GOOD (Almost)!
Your home’s exterior should be beautiful and inviting, not constantly in need of repairs. As well, your time spent outdoors should be relaxing, not full of weeken...
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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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7 Things to Do in Spring for a Healthy, Gorgeous Lawn Year-Round
At the tail end of the winter season, homeowners face the sometimes daunting but always exciting prospect of readying...
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What Would Bob Do? Removing a Tree Stump
I would like to remove a tree stump that is a couple of feet away from my house. It&#39;s starting to rot, and I&#39;m afraid...
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Christmas Decorations Gone Wild!
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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10 Evergreens to Beautify Your Garden Year-Round
Perk up a drab yard with some leafy, four-season greenery. Here are ten varieties certain to do just that.
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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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9 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds
With numerous kid-, pet- and earth-friendly ways to rid your garden of pesky weeds, here are nine stand-outs to put to the test.
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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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Patio Materials 101
[bobsays_inset]Patios can make your outdoor space more enjoyable, increase your home&#39;s value, and not so insignifican...
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Fences 101
Through the ages, fences have been made from a variety of materials. Around my neighborhood, I see vinyl, cedar, meta...
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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&#39;re in the process of designing ...
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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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On the Edge: 16 Garden Borders You Can Make
No newly cut garden bed is complete without some edging to distinguish it from the rest of your yard. Installing landscape edging is an easy DIY project that make...
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Keep Off the Grass: 5 Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn
[bobsays_inset]Grass. It’s easy to plant, covers most types of terrain, and feels good under bare feet in the summer....
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On the Fence: 7 Top Options in Fencing Materials
Browse some of today's most commonly used fencing materials, from timeless wood to utilitarian chain-link.
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9 Popular Driveway Options to Welcome You Home
From asphalt to brick, basalt to concrete, this is the stuff dream driveways are made of.
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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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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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7 Popular Ground Covers to Enhance Any Yard
A great solution to those patchy parts of your landscape, "ground cover" is a general term for perennials that are known for their ability to spread. Not only do ...
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Garden Paths: 16 Easy-to-Imitate Stone Walkways
When it comes to garden paths, the possibilities are endless. Here are sixteen examples to help you get inspired.
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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.
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