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As the daughter of a carpenter and an English teacher, Jenn has been honing her love for woodworking and writing her entire life. After nearly a decade as a writer and producer for This Old House, she bought her first home in rural New England and launched her blog, Build Basic. Since then Jenn has also rejoined the This Old House family as the editor of House One, and now their in-house DIY Expert sharing easy woodworking and home improvement projects.

How to Build a DIY Deck Lounger

House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse shows how to build a weatherproof lounge chair from composite deck boards.

Group of friends playing a pipe ball lawn game
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How to Build a Pipe Ball Lawn Game

Learn how to cut and connect drainpipe into a rack for a simple but challenging ball-toss lawn game.

S20 E30, pergola
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How to Build a Pergola

Bring shade and style to any backyard with a pergola kit. Here’s how to assemble it.

DIY Trough Shelves to Store Paint
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How to Build DIY Trough Shelves

A trough shelf is an excellent place to store extra paint cans and supplies in your garage or workshop. Want to build your own? Watch as House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse demonstrates how to build a trough shelf.

S20 E26, Jenn Largesse installs a vinyl fence
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How to Install a Vinyl Fence

House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse installs a low-maintenance fence around her yard to bring it up to code.

S20 E24, Jenn Largesse installs a shipping container pool
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How to Install a Shipping Container Pool

House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse takes her backyard project to new heights with a container pool installation.

DIY corner bench with storage
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How to Build a Corner Bench

Do you have an awkward space near your staircase or entryway that could use some storage? Watch as House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse builds a simple corner bench with storage near her stairs.

Cedar garden hose holder
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How to Build a Cedar Garden Hose Holder

Watch as House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse shares how to build a convenient hose hideaway with a built-in reel.

A tropical room with white washed walls.
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How to Whitewash Wood

Whether you’re revamping an old piece of furniture or treating bare wood, a whitewash finish is the perfect way to lighten the look while still maintaining a hint of the wood grain.

S20 E21, Jenn Largesse’s retaining wall
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How to Build a Block Retaining Wall

House One editor and DIY Expert Jenn Largesse walks us through the process of building a retaining wall in her backyard.