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.

A Look at Some Different Kinds of Windows


If you're thinking about installing new windows then have a look a some of the different types of windows here and maybe they'll help you with some ideas you hadn't yet thought of.

DIY Polytunnel - A Greenhouse Alternative

DIY Polytunnel Greenhouse

A reader sent me an email about a video called "How To Build A Polytunnel" (featured below) and suggested it might be worth mentioning - and I agree.

A Polytunnel Greenhouse is a much more affordable alternative to a traditional greenhouse and they can last 4 years or longer before the plastic needs replacing.

Gardening in Winter - A Few Tips for Small Scale Home Growers

Small scale gardening in Winter

I grow a few vegetables and herbs just for my own consumption, unlike my brother who's doing it on a larger scale, but I've learned quite a bit from him - not just the basics of how to do it, but also just how much better fresh food tastes when it's home-grown. And unlike his organic farm down under which is now coming into the summer season, where most of my readers live in North America and the U.K. it's starting to get quite cold out in the garden.

When Sliding Doors Need Fixing

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.

Stamped Concrete Patio Pictures

stamped concrete patio

We've posted articles about concrete patios before (like this one), and as a result many THI followers have expressed interest in seeing what the end result would look like if they either build a stamped patio from scratch, or placed a new stamped concrete surface over their existing patio.

6 Reasons Your Roof May Be Leaking (And What To Do About It)

roof damage

A leaking roof is more than just a nuisance; it can put your home at risk. Water that seeps into your ceiling and walls will not only cause unsightly stains, but can also introduce mold and mildew and even cause structural damage. Finding and fixing leaks quickly can mean the difference between dealing with minor cosmetic blemishes and having to replace your entire roof, contact Brinkmann Quality Roofing to help repair your leaky roof.

Building A Brick Path The DIY Way

brick path

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

tree house

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.

The Great Debate - Deck Versus Patio

Deck vs 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.

Answer Your Doorbell from Anywhere with a Smartbell


For years now we've had the promise that 'smart homes' were just around the corner, and although it's been a long time coming, recent falls in the cost of smart technology have seen quite a few new products come out over the last year - and the latest one that caught my attention is the smartbell.

In a nutshell, this product lets you answer your doorbell from anywhere using your smartphone.

In addition to that, smartbell connects to any Z-WAVE compatible device such as locks and garage doors allowing you to control access via your smartphone as well.