How to build your own fold-down murphy bar

Can’t afford a full size bar for your outdoor living area? Why not build one of these DIY fold-down murphy bar? This fold-down bar will give you a neat and sturdy work surface when preparing food and drinks. It also doubles as storage for items you often use in your outdoor area. And when not […]

DIY Porch Swing Featuring a Repurposed Headboard!

Here’s another way of repurposing a headboard that has seen better days. Turn it into a DIY porch swing! This swing does not only use an old headboard but also an old door, making it a wide piece of furniture to relax on. Its arms are also made of reclaimed wood. The dog beds used, which are way […]

DIY Cinder Block Outdoor Bench

Need an outdoor bench in your backyard? Here’s a great DIY project for you that is very easy, you could do it in just hours… Build this beautiful bench in your outdoor area using only cinder blocks and lumber. This outdoor furniture is very quick to make with just five to six easy steps. A coat of paint and some […]

DIY Clay Pot Flower People

Are you looking for something to do with the kids? Here’s a project that’s great for getting children interested in gardening! It’s easy – simply tie three or four pots together for making arms and legs. Connect two bigger pots at their bottoms to make the body. Tie them all together, and that’s it! You […]

DIY Inground Trampoline

A trampoline is a great addition to your backyard. Kids love them and they’re a great way to have fun and burn some energy. Trampolines provide a vigorous aerobic workout, getting your heart to increase the rate at which it pumps blood around your body. The exercise involved also strengthens the muscles needed for a […]

DIY Chair Tree Swing

Have you got an old chair that could do with a new life? Why not turn it into this DIY chair swing! All you need to do is to attach some ropes into it and hang it on a tree with heavy duty bolts and washers. Now isn’t this the easiest swing to make? The […]

DIY Sandbox with Cover

Is there a child anywhere who doesn’t love playing in the sand? If you have kids in the house, a sandbox is always a great addition to the backyard! That is, of course, unless you have cats, too. By instinct, cats like to excrete in soft soil or sand to facilitate easy burial. They use their […]

DIY Pallet Swing Bed

If your idea of relaxing outdoors is lying on a daybed or getting lulled to the gentle sway of a hammock then this DIY pallet swing bed is the perfect project for you. It’s easy, it’s cheap, and it’s great to have under a shade on pleasantly warm days. Pallets are easy to access, it’s […]

DIY Paver and Pebble Mosaic Patio

Does your backyard need a makeover? Then this DIY patio project might inspire you! A mosaic design can turn a plain, dull area into one that’s full of life. Think about the endless colourful patterns you could create! Would you like this in your backyard? Materials: Pavers Bricks Metal Wagon Wheel Mortar Polymeric Sand Tools: […]

Make a day bed from reclaimed timber

What’s a better way to unwind during the weekend than to rest on a beautiful and comfortable outdoor space in your home? This project will give you a great place to read, relax and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. A daybed can be used as a space for an outdoor reading room or sitting room. […]

DIY Leaf-Shaped Stepping Stones

There is no reason why stepping stones have to be just functional. This project lets you create a unique piece for your garden! Homemade stepping stones are a fabulous way to personalize your garden. You can also use them on a walkway or path in your yard. Not only do they make for an interesting […]

DIY Portable Tin Can Rocket Stove

Are you planning your next camping trip? Butane canisters for your portable stove need to bought and carted. There’s a much better alternative! Next time you head off for a camping trip, why not make your own portable tin can rocket stove? Rocket stoves are an excellent example of appropriate technology that cost you next to […]

Outdoor Dining

New research suggests that being outdoors reduces your heart rate and blood pressure, lowers stress hormones, and eases muscle tension. It can even boost your mood. So eating outdoors most definitely has its benefits! Outdoor dining, al fresco – call it what you will, it certainly has appeal. Most of us spend our week under […]

Outdoor Furniture

DIY Fold Up Picnic Table

It doesn’t matter where you live in this world of ours, it’s great to get outdoors. If the sun is too hot, get under a tree. If the weather is too cold, huddle around the fire pit. Of course, some nice, comfortable outdoor furniture will help. It’s great to have them customized. You get the […]

Outdoor Kitchens

There’s nothing like the taste and sensation of feasting outdoors. Any camping and barbecue enthusiast will tell you that food prepared out in the open is tastier, more mouthwatering, more satisfying. If you are the kind who requires a little more than a cooking fire or grill, an outdoor kitchen is the perfect solution. Outdoor […]

Garden Gates

Just because a garden gate has to be functional, doesn’t mean it can’t also be beautiful. While the purpose of a gate is to protect the garden, garden gates do much more.  Just like the front door to your house, the gate to your backyard should be warm, pleasant, and welcoming. That just makes guests […]

DIY Cob Pizza Oven

DIY Cob Pizza Oven

There’s a reason pizza is so popular. Humans are drawn to foods that are sweet, rich, fatty and complex. Pizza has all of these components. Cheese is fatty, meat toppings tend to be rich, and the sauce is sweet. Pizza toppings are also packed with a compound called glutamate, which can be found in the […]

The Ancient Art of Stone

Stone... as old as time

Stone… as old as time Vancouver Island, B.C,  Canada  –  Andreas Kunert and Naomi Zettl If you’ve ever had the time and the inclination to work with stone, you’ll know how incredibly satisfying it is. Yes, frustrating at times but inevitably rewarding. Perhaps that’s because we are working with something older than ourselves and older even […]

DIY Patio Table with Built-in Beer/Wine Coolers

DIY Patio Table with Built-in Beer/Wine Coolers

Whether you’re entertaining for a crowd or just having a last-minute get-together with close friends, the right supplies and tools can make ensure that everybody has a good time. People love to drink, eat, and party together. Why shouldn’t we? The laughter and camarederie flow freely and the stories are always entertaining. Who would want […]

Outdoor Pod Furniture

Outdoor Pod Furniture

Wouldn’t it be nice to spend some time reading or snoozing in one of these at end of a busy day? Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer  😎 If you enjoyed this, you […]

Stone Walled

The concept of dry stone walls has been around since agriculture began. No mortar, just gravity. Dry stone walls don’t interfere with the natural drainage of the site. They’re also low cost and low maintenance. You can travel the world and bump into dry stone (also called dry stack) anywhere there are surface rocks found. They’re as […]

Decks – something for every taste and every style of home…

Decks!  They bring the outside in and the inside out.  They are the lowest cost way to extend your living area and they can be easily converted to an all-weather entertaining area with the addition of a roof deck and vinyl curtains. They can be a part of your house or totally detached. And they’re a […]

The Stonework of Johnny Clasper

Eye of the storm - Johnny Clasper

Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK – Johnny Claper Johnny Clasper trained as a bricklayer.  Fortunately for the world, most of his work seemed to revolve around stone, not bricks.  During his apprenticeship he had the opportunity to work with a number of stonemasons, drystone wallers and sculptures.  In our opinion, Johnny has moved from apprentice to master.  What do […]

My Earthwork

My Earthwork – Thea Alvin

Vermont, USA – Thea Alvin In the world of dry stone building, Thea is an absolute legend although she is extremely modest about her skills,  always pushing credit toward others.  She lives for her work and travels widely learning new skills and techniques while sharing what she has to give. We’re proud to be able […]