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.

Leave Your Yard Alone In The Winter

yard in winter

Come March or April, everybody wants a beautiful, lush yard filled with green grass and colorful flowers — but what about in winter? Cold temperatures and excess precipitation tend to make keeping up with landscaping feel difficult, if not impossible. So what can you do to take care of your outdoor space even in the colder, grayer months? Should you step it up on lawn upkeep or let yourself take a few months off? What’s the best strategy for maintenance and care when the weather is freezing or below?

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.

Why Impact Rated Windows Are Better For Your Home

As custom home contractors in a coastal city, impact-rated windows are something Sea Island Builders encourages all our clients to invest in.

Why? Because when hurricane season comes, you want to be sure that your interior is safe from flying debris, and standard windows simply can’t provide you with that kind of security.

But that isn’t the only reason why impact-rated windows are a wise investment for a new home, whether you’re starting from scratch or remodeling.

How To Create an Autumn Oasis

How To Create an Autumn Oasis

Does your yard showcase well in the fall, or is it only beautiful in the spring? With the right planning, you can have a garden that brims with color all autumn long. When the temperatures start to drop at the end of a hot summer, you will love having an autumn oasis for your family to enjoy.

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.

Choosing an Ideal Contractor for Window and Door Repair or Replacement

window replacement

While doors and windows have a long lifespan, they tend to deteriorate with time and may need replacement. You will not have a problem with purchasing high quality replacement doors or windows, but it can be a difficult task to find an effective and reputable replacement contractor. Even the best replacement doors or windows can look and perform average, if they are not installed properly.

A Paint Job: Cheapest and Easiest Renovation

A paint job is a house renovation that will give you the best bang for your buck, real property experts say. It can easily transform the appearance of your house for less cash and in less time compared to other renovation projects. At the same time, a properly applied fresh coat of paint is also a sure protection of your investment and will increase the value of your house if and when you want to sell or even rent it out. It will protect your home from the elements for a long period of time.

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.