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10 Inspiring Ideas for Your Side Yard
Let’s face it: When most homeowners envision the landscaping design of their dreams, they often overlook the side yard. But with a little planning and effort, thi...
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What's the Difference? Concrete vs. Asphalt Driveways
If you’ve had enough of the ruts, cracks, and stains of your current driveway and are considering installing a new on...
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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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Bob Vila Radio: Drive Away Stains on Your Driveway
Nobody buys a house for its driveway. But there's no denying it—an attractive driveway adds curb appeal. If yours has...
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Solved! What to Do When Your Snow Blower Won't Start
Q: After our first snow of the season, I got the snow blower out of the shed but the darn thing wouldn’t start. It ra...
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7 Snow Shoveling Lessons No One Ever Taught You
Dig the snow shovel out of storage and rev up the snow blower—seasonal snows are on the way this winter. Prepare for heavy snowfall by learning a few new tricks f...
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All You Need to Know About Winterizing Concrete Surfaces
If you’re a homeowner in the process of winterizing your property, by late fall you’ve probably already replaced the ...
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3 Ways to Avoid Replacing Your Concrete Sidewalk
Though made from one of the most durable construction materials around, even once-strong concrete sidewalks can deter...
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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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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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10 Affordable Landscaping Projects You Can DIY in a Day
Always a day late and a dollar short of achieving the landscape of your dreams? Skip the call to the professional landscaper, and instead dedicate yourself to one...
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15 Doable Designs for a DIY Patio Table
Adding a chic coffee table, an elegant end table, or a rustic dining table to your patio or porch is a must if you want to stretch your living space into the outd...
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10 Genius Ways to Make Your Backyard a Blast
There's no place like home, and that's true of your backyard too. It's the go-to spot for ball games, cookouts, and poolside lounging. No doubt about it, the back...
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11 Things Never to Keep in Your Garage
When space in your home is at a premium and you need a place to stow sports equipment or rarely used household hold items, what’s the first place that comes to mi...
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All You Need to Know About Driveway Cleaning
Nothing is quite as aggravating as discovering that the delivery guy’s van leaked oil on your driveway, or that the d...
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How To: Pour Concrete
Pouring concrete yourself may save you money and build your skills, but without proper equipment and attention to det...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solutions for Icy Surfaces
We want our driveways and walks not to be the scene of injury during the long, icy winter. But if you're taking the p...
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Bob Vila Radio: Melt Driveway Ice the DIY Way
Winter storms sometimes have a way of sneaking up on us. If that happens, and you get another surprise—no ice melt on...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Easiest Way to Clear a Snowy Driveway
Some folks consider the winter to be their favorite season. But very few do not dread the task of shoveling the walk ...
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Buyer's Guide: Snow Blowers
When Old Man Winter blows into town, home improvement stores roll out their snow blower displays—rows of shiny red, b...
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So, You Want to... Build a Ramp
Opening your heart and home to a mobility-challenged loved one is a beautiful thing. And one way to make it easier on...
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14 Mistakes Homeowners Make Every Fall
As the days grow shorter and your thoughts turn to tailgating and football games, it’s easy to forget that your home needs a little TLC before Old Man Winter come...
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3 Fixes for Sticky Tree Sap
The beauty, shade, and privacy offered by trees make them a popular environmental feature for any property. But many ...
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DIY Lite: The Easy Way to Build Better Backyard Privacy
Are your neighbors so close that it feels like you practically share a backyard? There's no need to fence off your pr...
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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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12 Backyard Updates You Can Do in a Day
Whether you’re looking to increase storage space, expand your patio, or add interest to your garden, upgrading your backyard can be as fast and easy as an afterno...
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10 Outdoor DIYs You Can Do for a Dollar
Now that the worst of winter is behind us, it’s time to set our sights on relaxing, entertaining, and eating alfresco. But outfitting these spaces with decorative...
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Ways to Set Up Garage Shelves
For handy homeowners, the garage isn’t simply a spot to park the car—it's a place to park everything, including garde...
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3 Fixes for an Icy Walk and Driveway
Snow days may be cause for celebration, but the party comes to a screeching halt when you shovel your snowy walkway o...
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Quick Tip: Speed Up Snow Shoveling with Cooking Spray
Winter’s first snowfall is greeted with open arms for affording fun-filled activities like bobsledding, skiing, and b...
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7 Ways to Make Your Small Yard Look Bigger
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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10 Inventive Designs for a DIY Garden Fountain
The soothing sound of flowing water has long been a feature of celebrated gardens around the world. Not only does a fountain add welcome beauty to an outdoor spac...
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10 Handy Things You Can Do with a Hose Wand
If you think your hose is the ultimate outdoor cleaning tool… think again! Some areas are just too tricky, too high or too grungy for your hose to tackle all by i...
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9 Creative Ways to Build a Backyard Hangout
There's no reason to settle for a barren backyard when there are seating options like these to inspire you. As this collection of DIY projects demonstrates, you c...
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DIY Kids: Make a Garden Stepping Stone
Whether you're looking for a way to personalize the lawn and garden with mementos from the kids or you're on the hunt...
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11 Ideas for Better Backyard Privacy
Sunshine and warm temperatures invite you and your family to spend entire days outdoors, so it's important that you be able to enjoy endless hours in your backyar...
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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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Weekend Projects: 5 Fun DIY Swing Sets
The earliest swing sets, which date all the way back to the fifth century B. C. , were nothing more than slabs of woo...
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5 Simple Steps to Renew Your Concrete Driveway
In an alternative universe—in a world with neither vehicles nor inclement weather—your concrete driveway might never lose its pristine, freshly poured look. But i...
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How To: Resurface a Concrete Driveway
Durability ranks high among the many reasons to choose concrete as a driveway surfacing material. After years of expo...
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19 "Zero Dollar" Garden Hacks
Walk into any garden center and you'll find gadgets and gizmos for nearly any outdoor malady. But did you know the remedy for many backyard problems might be shel...
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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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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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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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Bob Vila Radio: Raising Sunken Pavers
If a few of the pavers in your patio or driveway have begun to sag, don't fret—there’s an easy, DIY-friendly fix. Her...
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No Money to Burn? 9 Fire Pits You Can Afford
An outdoor fire pit can add character and utility to your garden landscape. It can knock the chill off a fall evening and make it downright cozy. It will cast a w...
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Never Shovel Snow Again After This One Improvement
Though winter's worst storms are likely yet to come, many homeowners around the country have already had ample opport...
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Pass on Grass: 7 Reasons to Landscape with Gravel
Lower maintenance lawns are becoming more and more popular. Finding ways to decrease the amount of grass in the yard can reduce your reliance on watering, chemica...
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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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What Would Bob Do? Solving a Yard Drainage Crisis
Please help. My yard stays wet when it rains. I live in a subdivision with flat terrain. Is there a solution that doe...
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Bob Vila Radio: Homemade Remedies for Driveway Oil Spots
Oil spots on asphalt driveways certainly don't add to a home's curb appeal. Ask ten people what remedies they recomme...
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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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How To: Create a Gravel Driveway
A gravel driveway can be very attractive in a characteristically unpretentious way, introducing casual curb appeal to...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How To: Make a Stone Walkway
 Here are some tips on how to make a stone walkway.  After marking the walkway with string, the first step is to lay ...
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Retaining Walls 101
Retaining walls offer aesthetic as well as practical benefits: In addition to beautifying the home, they inhibit soil...
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How To: Pour a Concrete Walkway
 Keep these things in mind when pouring a DIY concrete walkway. Set a level frame with one-by-four lumber. Lay plasti...
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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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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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Landscape Lighting 101
Landscape lighting can turn a visitor from feeling wary to welcome. It can change the rest of the yard from Nightmare...
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Create a Distinctive Driveway
Photo: stonecoatusa. comYour driveway is your welcome mat, the pathway to your home. It may be a broad expanse, or cu...
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10 DIY Step Stones to Brighten Any Garden Walk
Give your garden path or walkway some flair with these easy-to-make, one-of-a-kind stepping-stones.
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How To: Make a Concrete Walkway
A walkway or garden path enhances a home's landscape and complements its exterior features. While traditional materia...
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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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Keep Your Cool with 10 DIY Ice Chests
At your next outdoor bash, don't keep going back into the house for drinks! Instead, grab yourself a cold one from one of these clever—and stylish—"ice chests."
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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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7 Easy Budget-Friendly Backyard Makeovers
Whether you have a small yard, or a property where acreage is no object, you can enhance your lawn and garden in a number of ways. You can add a patio or a simple...
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Bob Vila Radio: Window Boxes
Window boxes can really amp up a home’s curb appeal by adding color and a sense of welcome. Here are some tips for cr...
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Chick Magnets: 15 Irresistible DIY Chicken Coops
As the popularity of raising poultry in the backyard burgeons, so too does the variety and quality of designs in DIY chicken coops.
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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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Bob Vila Radio: Driveway Drainage
There are lots of options available in driveway materials, including asphalt, gravel, brick and pavers. In addition t...
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Wing It: 16 Approaches to a DIY Birdbath
Welcome feathered friends to your backyard with a DIY birdbath modeled after any of the following inspiring designs.
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Bob Vila Radio: Hiding Trash Cans
Nothing kills a home’s curb appeal faster than a couple of trash cans and recycling bins parked in the driveway, or l...
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Laying a Walkway with Bluestone
There’s a lot to recommend a bluestone walkway. The natural colors and textures look great in almost any setting. Mai...
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10 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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Designing a Driveway with Long-Lasting Appeal
When we were building our new construction home, the driveway almost seemed like an afterthought. With everything els...
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Rock Salt vs. Sand to Prevent Slips
When I lived in a New York City apartment building, I never thought about shoveling snow. We had a wonderful superint...
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Repairing a Retaining Wall
Walls, normally thought of as interior design elements, are useful in landscaping, too. A landscaping wall can be fre...
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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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Window Boxes That Raise the Bar
Bring the garden to your windowsill and upgrade your home's curb appeal all at once with one of these stylish window boxes.
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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: Driveway Options
Like it or not, working on the car, washing the dog, rinsing the lawnmower and all the other work we do on our drivew...
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How To: Install Landscape Edging
A tired planting bed can be refreshed with new landscape edging, available in a range of prices and a wide variety of...
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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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How To: Make a Tire Swing
Create some outdoor fun this summer—the old-fashioned way—with this "oh so easy" tire swing how-to.
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How To: Lay a Stone Path
A stepping stone path is easier to create than a full-blown walkway and lends charm and practicality to your yard. He...
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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: Seal a Driveway
Sealing your driveway may seem like a bothersome chore, but its benefits are significant. First, a regular coat of se...
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5 Natural Outdoor Lighting Bargains
Natural outdoor lighting is the rage in backyard renovation, offering an easy and environmentally friendly way to she...
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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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10 Fire Pits We Love
Fire pits continue to heat up consumer demand. Here are twelve reasons why.
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Smart New Choices for Outdoor Lighting
What most urban dwellers forget is that we can see a great deal entirely by moonlight. Our ability to see in low ligh...
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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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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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Turning a Frown Upside Down: Repurposing Bricks to Make a Walkway
No one likes cleaning up after a storm. But when the storm causes structural damage to your home, the cleanup process...
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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
Fall is just around the corner: time to get your house in shape for the cooler months ahead. Although autumn can be o...
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10 Fall Home Maintenance Musts
Use these ten easy fall maintenance projects to keep your house in peak condition through the winter.
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Building a Privacy Fence and Touring the Completed Kitchen
Bob reviews the progress of his western red cedar custom fence, designed to provide privacy and block the carport from the neighbors’ view.
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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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Laying Down a Cobblestone Driveway Apron
Bob joins Jay Seminara (of Seminara Construction), who is in the process of laying down a new cobblestone apron at the edge of the driveway.
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Structured Wiring Options
Bob and Tim Woods (of Internet Home Alliance) discuss the basics of structured wiring and connectivity in the basement of the Vermont farmhouse.
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Reviewing Satellite Dish Features and the Master Bedroom
Bob experiences the Panasonic Replay TV with the show-stopper feature and he tours the master bedroom suite, admiring the space, scope, and the view.
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Installing Custom Garage Doors
Bob gets up to speed on the progress made, before joining Kent Forsland (from Designer Doors) to discuss the new custom-made, cedar-faced garage doors, which have...
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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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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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Installing a Bluestone Floor
Bob discusses the bluestone floor being installed in the greenhouse.
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Exterior Shingles and Brick Walkway
Bob talks with contractor Bob Ryley about shingle exposure, brick surrounds for basement windows, and the design of a brick walkway.
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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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Constructing the Concrete Walkway
Bob and the contractor discuss the concrete walkway, with the contractor giving Bob tips on how to make concrete cure harder and have less cracks. Also discussed ...
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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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