Articles about things you can do around the outside of your home from exterior repairs, improvements, painting, to outdoor improvements such as landscaping and gardens.

Fixing Sliding Doors: What to do When Doors Don't Slide Smoothly

sliding glass doors

My brother and his family have a wonderful house with huge sliding glass doors leading from both the living room and the dining room out onto a large patio where we regularly have family get togethers.

The problem was that over the last few months one of the sliding doors has been getting harder and harder to both open and close - there was so much friction that my 5 year old nephew wasn't strong enough to close the door behind him.

This article shows you step-by-step how we fixed the problem.

Building A Brick Path The DIY Way

Building A Brick Path The DIY Way

When it comes to masonry materials, brick is perhaps the most popular among the lot. Its appeal lies in its charming aesthetic, durability and sustainability. It is also energy efficient and virtually maintenance free.

For the home, there are a number of improvement projects wherein brick makes for a suitable material of choice, including walls, exterior siding, fireplace surround and chimney. However, it has always been best known as the material for building paths or walkways. And a brick path is one project that is well within your ability.

Extremely Cool Things To Get For Your Garden

Extremely Cool Things To Get For Your Garden

The garden is a very useful wide open space that you can use in a large variety of ways. Unlike the rooms in your house, your garden doesn't have any colour scheme for things to clash with, and it doesn't have any delicate carpets or wallpaper that you have to be careful not to scratch.

This means that you can do things in a garden that you simply can't in your home, so why not let your imagination run wild? Rather than just going with the usual 'flowers area' and a swing bench, why not break outside the mould and have some awesome things you'll get some excitement and fun from?

The Great Debate - Deck Versus Patio

Deck Versus Patio

Landscaping can be a great investment for increasing home value as well as aesthetics. Adding an outdoor living area, such as a deck or a patio can create a new atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy good weather outside of your home. Depending on the budget and desired function of your outdoor living space, there are several options when considering this type of home addition project.

Can You Make Your Own Porch Blinds?

Make Your Own Porch Blinds

There are many advantages that come with investing in porch blinds for this summer. The best part about it is: no matter your price range, there are options available for you. The cost for these blinds ranges a large spectrum from the smallest packages, to the most expensive designs. It is important to investigate all your options before making a final decision.

The Pros And Cons Of Installing A Water Well In Your Home

The Pros And Cons Of Installing A Water Well In Your Home

One home improvement project that has been growing in popularity over the last few years is drilling a well to have on your own land.  Water is necessary for any sort of existence on earth so we spend a lot of time and resources on trying to source it, abstract it and conserve it.  On many properties it is possible to drill a well and tap in to your very own water supply. This method of water supply is an option for the following types of households: those who want to avoid paying mains supply water charges; those who are ineligible for a mains supply water connection; or those who no longer want to buy bottled water. If you are thinking about drilling a well for your household, check out the following advantages and disadvantages associated with it first.

The Anatomy of Anchored Brick Veneer Siding

Brick walls used to be built two bricks widths deep. This made for a strong, stable wall. Now they are made one width deep. What changed?

While it is true that most brick walls are only one brick deep there is a good reason for this. It isn’t just the economics of using half as many bricks.

Nifty Ideas To Spruce Up An Aging Concrete Patio

Nifty Ideas To Spruce Up An Aging Concrete Patio

Concrete is the material of choice by many homeowners when it comes to building their patios.

The reason behind such popularity can be credited to the material's durability as well as finish and color variety. However, as with any other patio material, frequent exposure to outdoor elements could take its toll on concrete, causing it to develop cracks or holes. While addressing these problems can be easily done by patching up the concrete, it leaves behind unsightly marks that could affect the appearance of the patio.


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