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.

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

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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.

Judgement Day - For Your Home It Starts With The Entrance


First impressions are often solid indicators of a person's character but can also be completely off the mark from time to time. The same principle applies to your home. A visitor to your home first sees the home's overall curb appeal and entrance, forming an instant impression. Real estate professionals will tell clients wishing to sell a property to clean it out, clean it up, and never neglect curb appeal by creating an inviting entrance to the home or property. Whether you want to sell your home or not, it makes a statement about you and you want that statement to be good.

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.

The Purpose of Pool Winterizing Chemicals

Pool frozen in winter

Pool winterizing chemicals help you maintain your pool through the tough winter months. The better prepared your pool is for the winter season the longer it will last. Using these chemicals also gives you less work to do when the time comes to open your pool up. You will start pool season with cleaner water and a better place to swim.

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.

7 Unusual Things To Do With Your Garden Shed

A refurbished garden shed
A garden shed has long been part and parcel of the established property culture across the UK and over many years people have found several variations on the way that they use their storage sheds. Here’s how some people are using their garden sheds which may help you consider expanding the way you manage your own.

Can You Make Your Own Porch Blinds?

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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 Advantages

Your porch blinds can wrap all around your porch to create an outdoor room, or simply protect your windows from the rays of the sun, yet you can roll them up at any time to enjoy the outdoors.

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.

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.