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Sometimes your backyard is just too boring. Sorry to say, but it’s true. If you look out to your backyard and all you see is wasted potential, it’s time to get out there and do something about it. The good news is a backyard pond can liven up a dull yard and can be done rather easily. So if you’re of the DIY bent (and I’d wager that you are), you can build a small pond that will make your backyard fresh and interesting.
But before you start building a pond, here are a few things to think about.
- Think about the type of pond you want to build. Do you want your pond to be above ground, in-ground, or partially in-ground?
- Think about what materials you’ll use to surround and line your pond.
- Think about what style you want your pond to be. Do you want your pond to be modern? Natural? Casual? Which style of pond works best for your yard?
When we hear the word “office”, many people think of large buildings filled with cubicles in a business complex somewhere downtown. For decades this was the prevailing idea because it was how offices were. But more and more people are finding new, diverse, and exciting places to do business. They still work an “office job”, but not all of them are in in a traditional office.
Whether telecommuting or running their own business, many are working from home instead of commuting. A home office can be a great way to work while enjoying the comforts of home. But what if your house doesn’t have room for an office? Some people are addressing this in a very creative way. Some people are turning backyard sheds into stylish, functional home offices that combine function with simplicity.
If you find yourself wanting to know more about backyard office sheds, or maybe even building one yourself, here are a few tips. (more…)
A basement is often a blank space in a home with a whole host of possibilities. When you start thinking of uses for basement, you’ll find options that range from a game room or man cave to other less conventional ideas. One option to consider is a basement garden.
Basement gardens are a unique way of using your space to grow fruits and vegetables and are gaining popularity with those who want a DIY project that is also eco-friendly. Basement gardens consist of plants grown in raised platform using topsoil, indoor lighting, and often hydroponic watering systems. These types of gardens can vary widely depending on your basement, but there are some things to keep in mind for any style you plan on implementing. Here are some things to remember when starting your basement garden.
Preparing Your Basement
Make sure your basement is warm and properly ventilated. Just like in any other garden, your plants need warmth and proper amounts of oxygen to grow properly.
What to Grow
Understand that not every plant will grow as well in your basement. Some plants require more sunlight than others and this can be hard to recreate in a basement. (more…)
Installing a new shower is an exciting DIY project that can renew your bathroom in ways you might not have considered. When considering a installing a new shower, it’s a good idea to know exactly what you want from the project before you start. Showers can vary in style and cost like any other part of your house, so it’s good to explore your options before getting into a full-on project. But how do you even start such a project? We know that some projects seem too large to tackle by yourself, but if you take your time, know what you’re getting into, and follow the correct steps, you can do most any project.
Before you start any DIY project, big or small, it’s best to start at the very beginning. Other articles will deal with the step-by-step process of installing a new shower, but what if you’re not ready to start demo just yet? This post is about the work you need to do BEFORE you start tearing in to your bathroom.
Make a budget (and stick to it)
Every home improvement project comes with its own costs and showers are no difference. Before anything, be realistic with what you can comfortably afford and budget accordingly. The cost of installing a new shower can vary dramatically, so plan for what you want to spend and do the rest of these steps with this in mind. (more…)