Projects: Free Do It Yourself Guides from Popular
Get plans and illustrated,
step-by-step instructions that will help you create beautiful
improvements to your backyard and landscape: fences, a trellis garden
gate, pergolas, an arbor, a tree house, a water garden, patios and walks.
Build A Picket Fence
Here's a fence for those who refuse to buy off the rack. Its elegant
design features a distinctive cap rail over the picket tops, and the
easy-to-build cedar box posts are topped off with classic turned
finials that you can buy.
How To Build A Classic Backyard Fence, by Neal
If you just want a fence to keep out the neighbor's dog, there are
plenty of off-the-shelf choices at your local home center. If, on
the other hand, the idea of defining your personal landscape with a
touch of architectural flair grabs your imagination, you've come to
the right place.
Garden Gateway: Build a Trellis
If you're looking for a project that enhances your outdoor
environment, the easy answer is a deck or patio. If, however,
you want something just a little more captivating–a subtle focal
point for your garden or yard that accents your landscape rather
than covering it up, we have a few ideas for you.
Made of solid redwood, this garden gateway features four distinct
designs–trellis, gate, fence and bench. Each element complements
the others so that, taken together, they provide a cohesive
assembly of form and function.
Build a Pergola That's Perfect For Your
Backyard, by Rick Peters
Here's a structure that won't provide shelter from wind or rain,
and is only marginally better when it comes to the midday sun.
So, why build it? Because in the absence of walls and a roof, it
defines an outdoor space without constraining it. It's a unique
architectural blend that places you both inside and out at the
How to Build a Pergola
expert Mark Clement answers some of the most frequently asked
questions on pergola design and construction to help you get
started on your own pergola project.
How to Plan and Post a Perfect Pergola
Pergolas can be the perfect backyard oasis, but they're also fun
to build. They're a perfect blend of big honkin' timbers, some
pretty neat carpentry and a little landscaping thrown in for
good measure. Here's how to plan and post a perfect pergola.
Build Your Own Pond, by Joseph Truini
If you've always wanted a backyard pond, you're not alone.
Hundreds of thousands of homeowners already have them and
thousands more are installing them every year. Why all the fuss
over a water-filled hole? Well, for one thing, gurgling
waterfalls are inherently appealing. Also, with the growing
popularity of "water gardening," many people look at their ponds
as an interesting, ongoing project. Build yours with this quick
guide to building a stone-lined, fit-anywhere, good-looking
Follow the Weekend Brick Road, by Neal Barrett
If you thought brick walks were just for the rich and famous, it may
be time to re-evaluate your status in life. A modest brick paving
project is a great way to add character to your home--without
breaking the bank or calling in a landscape professional. The work
is not particularly complicated, and careful preparation will ensure
a job that is beautiful and long lasting. In fact, brick walks have
been known to last for more than a hundred years.
Build Your Own Natural Stone Patio, by Steve
A traditional flagstone patio can be a great addition to just about
anybody's yard. The material is attractive and durable, and nicely
complements a wide range of other landscaping features. Many
varieties of stone are available at landscape and masonry outlets.
Slate, a metamorphic rock, is one of the best-known types.
Bluestone, which is cut in northeastern U.S. quarries, is what we
used on this project. It's a sedimentary rock with a very engaging
color. When installed, both types yield a relatively smooth, flat
How to Build a Flagstone Patio Fast
Popular Mechanics' Home
Editor Harry Sawyers builds a stone backyard patio in less than 48
hours, using very little equipment but plenty of sand.
How to Build a Backyard Treehouse
how you can make a world-class backyard tree house.
Learn to build family-friendly backyard gaming areas. Build a horseshoe
pit, plus courts for volleyball, bocce and croquet
Over the years, Popular Mechanics Magazine has featured a
variety of backyard building, home improvement and woodwork
projects as feature articles.
Now, they offer many of the best projects on their website.
These in-depth articles are illustrated with plans, photos and
detailed isometric views. They follow the building from the
planning stage through final finishing. So, they are
step-by-step guides that will help you build the perfect
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