When it comes to designing outdoor spaces, one must exercise extreme caution when selecting materials. Because there are numerous materials to choose from and each has a distinct look, feel, and texture. Your selection will determine the final appearance of your home’s outdoor space. Look for trendy outdoor materials to create that unique look or […]
While grilling on a concrete or brick patio is ideal, you can use a gas grill safely on a wooden deck. Here’s how.
Most modern gas grills run on propane tanks. Installing a propane tank on a gas grill — or in a propane smoker — is easy, simple, and quick. Here’s the safe way to do it.
There is nothing as frustrating as when your firepit sputters out just as you’re getting settled before a fire. This can happen for several reasons. Some are obvious and simple to fix. Others can be a bit more challenging.
Not all security cameras are created equal. Some are loaded with useful features. Others, on the other hand, focus only on the basics. Here are some of the best outdoor security cameras in the market right now/
Unless you have a purpose-built fireplace away from your grass, the ideal placement for your fire may be on the lawn. Here’s how to protect your turf while enjoying a backyard fire pit.
Every homeowner who tends to a lawn has had to deal with a sloshing, muddy drainage problem at some point or another. Here are some fool-proof solutions.
No one wants to figure in a situation where the need to call for emergency help is necessary. But if you are a hiking novice or are a newcomer to the outdoors, it’s vital that you are equipped for such a scenario.
Mosquitoes are not simply irritating biting insects — they’re also carriers of numerous life-threatening diseases such as Malaria, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Dengue fever. Like it or not, mozzies are always going to be around as they can breed in the smallest of containers and puddles. Personal repellents are good but the best solution is […]
Drying is a form of food preservation because by getting rid of moisture, you prevent bacteria from ruining your fruits and vegetables. It’s a great snack idea as well, especially for the kids! But electric dehydrators can be too energy-consuming as they run all day long. If you live in a tropical area or where […]
Let giant dragonflies invade your garden or yard by upcycling old ceiling fan blades! This outdoor decor is sure to make passers-by take a second look… Don’t have an old ceiling fan? Why not search your local thrift store? And while you’re there, go look for a straight but carved table leg because you’ll be needing it, […]
Clay pot smoker doesn’t necessarily have to be a big project, especially if you are just a small family who simply wants to enjoy a little outdoor cooking during the weekends. Building your own can be a fun and rewarding project, and it doesn’t have to be expensive either. There are plenty of plans and […]
Looking for a simple project to decorate your yard? Why not make this DIY clay pot lighthouse? This quick project is very easy to do and would only take a couple of hours of your time. You could use a battery-operated light or better yet a solar one for safe and more inexpensive lighting. It’s great decorative […]
In Mending Wall, poet Robert Frost decries the saying that “Good fences make good neighbors”. It’s a beautiful piece of writing but I feel the saying has great relevance in an urban setting. Fences do help define the boundaries between public and private, yours and mine. But all too often, those same fences are drab and […]
How does your backyard look right now? Is it ready for your summer cookouts and get-togethers? When it comes to fence decoration, you want to choose a style that fits you. Fence decoration can come in many different materials including metal, wood, and vinyl. Consider what material suits your home and what fits your personality. Different […]
Think your outdoor living area needs a little more privacy? Then here are some great DIY ideas that can isolate your space, yet still, allow for the enjoyment of the outdoors! Spending some time to unwind on a well-decorated and furnished yard or patio can be the next best thing to going on a weekend beach getaway — especially […]
What makes these pieces of furniture astonishing is that it takes great woodworking skills and talent to make one! Agree? If you really want to have an impressive outdoor area, this is the kind of furniture you should be aiming for. Just by looking at each of these tree stumps and log furniture, one can already imagine a […]
I have always wanted to try barbecuing food in a block pit smoker. I had seen them before but never had the opportunity to use them. Since my last yard task entailed re-stacking all the concrete blocks in my brick pile, I decided to seize the opportunity and re-stacked the blocks in the shape of […]
Tandoori cooking is one of the world’s favourites. Although most of us think of Tandoori foods as being Indian (think Tandoori Chicken with the freshest Naan bread), it’s a style used from the Caucasus, down through Turkey and the Middle East right through to South Asia. The secret to Tandoors is the very high temperatures achieved. […]
Want a hammock for your porch, but can’t find one that suits your taste? Why not make your own? An outdoor area is never complete without a place to sit and relax. A hammock is one of your best options. It’s a great place to relax and take a nap. Installing a hammock doesn’t require […]
It’s a beautiful, balmy night. You decide to sit out and do a little star gazing. Wonderful… until the mosquitoes find you! Human skin is a myriad jumble of fragrances. The bacteria living on our skin emit more than 200 odour chemicals. Mosquitoes are drawn to those odors. That’s why they swarm your barbecues and evening porch-sitting, […]
The Japanese have known for centuries just how relaxing a hot bath is. They may not have invented the hot tubs, but they certainly have the use down to an art form. Do you come home from work burdened with the stress of the day? Maybe you need a hot tub like one of these […]
The digital age is a blessing and a curse. It allows us all, kids included, to expand our universe beyond anything our parents could have imagined. On the other hand, all too often, kids spend countless hours glued to a screen instead of ‘doing’. In our childhood days, playing in the backyard is our only […]
If you have some decorating plans for your home this year, then you should consider including a swing set in an outdoor-space makeover. Summer will be warmer than usual this year – perfect for lounging around the backyard or the patio, and enjoying new outdoor furniture. During summer, even if you are in the shade, […]