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How to Wire a Shed for Electricity

Master electrician Heath Eastman helps Mason Mark McCullough wire his chicken barn for lights and power.

How to Get Rid of Birds on Your Property

Harming or trapping most wild birds is illegal, so we’ll show you how to get rid of birds on your property by using harmless, non-chemical deterrents and repellents.

How to Winterize a Pool

When summer days start to fade away, it’s time to start prepping your pool for the cooler months. Read this guide to learn the steps for winterizing in-ground and above-ground pools.

How to Create a Dog-Friendly Yard

Your yard is your happy place, and you want it to be your pet’s, too. Here’s how to protect your landscaping while giving her an ideal romping ground.

How To Find Property Lines

The legal boundaries of a plot of land are one of the most important things for a homeowner to know, but they’re often overlooked—until those property lines come into question, that is. Read this guide to figure out how to easily find your property lines.


How to Make a Lily Pond

Use treated lumber and a pond liner to create a soothing water feature in your backyard

How to Build a Pallet Wood Shed

Need a place to store firewood in your yard? A pallet wood shed is an easy way to keep wood dry and accessible. Here are the steps you need to follow to build one yourself.

39 Budget-Wise Ways to Create Outdoor Rooms

Transform an ordinary outdoor space into an open-air living room that adds value and comfort to your home year-round

DIY Pool, Pond, and Fountain Ideas for Your Yard

Everything you need to know about installing and maintaining water features in your yard.

Creating a Backyard Built for Playing Games

Turn a ho-hum lawn into a hub of activity with a sport court for horseshoes, croquet, or bocce. This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows you how

How to Dig a Level Hole

Read on to learn how to make an level excavation that's fit for a footing, even on sloping ground.

DIY Backyard Projects for Summertime

Here are a handful of ways to create a more beautiful and relaxing outdoor space.

Group of friends playing the Shishkaball Game

How to Build a Shishkaball Ball-Drop Game

TOH's Team Saturday shows you how to entertain friends with a yard-size version of this ball-drop game, made from wire fencing and plant stakes.

Couples play a game of ladder golf

How to Build a Ladder Golf Game Set

Entertain your guests with this game of wood rungs that catch golf ball bolas.

How to Make a Rolling Grill Cart

This wheeled cooking companion will stand ready to assist the master of the backyard barbecue. Read on to see the steps for building a rolling grill cart.

Soccer goal

How to Build a Soccer Goal

Learn how to make your own backyard soccer goal with these easy instructions for parents and kids.

Building a water rocket game outside

How to Build a Water Rocket

Blast into space using PVC piping in this easy DIY project that adults and kids can complete together.

A Murphy bar on the side of a house

How to Build a Fold-Down Murphy Bar

Use cedar lumber and a doweling jig to create an outdoor piece that can handle its share of liquor.

7 Giant Yard Games You Can DIY

You'll be like an ant with a Cheetoh if you make these oversized yard games! Get ready for a summer of fun with these DIY yard game projects.

A Suburban Lot Turns into Magical Garden Rooms

Here's how an ordinary suburban lot became a nature playground for kid and adults alike—with ideas anyone can use

Fire Pit Safety: 5 Tips to Consider

Keep your loved ones safe with these fire pit safety tips.

Backyard Remodel: Living Large in a Small Yard

Check out these seven strategies for turning a not-so-big yard into a series of beautiful, useful outdoor rooms.

Outdoor Kitchen Planning Guide

Whether you covet a grill and food-prep station on wheels or a built-in BBQ island with fridge and bar seating, don't hit the home center before reading our expert guide to creating a first-rate backyard cook spot.

Roger Cook installs drip-irrigation

How to Install a Water-Saving Drip-Irrigation System

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner install a drip-irrigation system

Group of friends playing Kubb game outside

How to Make a Kubb Game Set 

With a little more than a 4x4 post and a bunch of dowels, learn how to make this classic Swedish lawn game.


How to Build a Fire Pit Patio

On their own, handsome stone pavers expand a home’s entertaining space, but add a fire pit and your yard becomes a destination

How to Create a Small Yard With Big Impact

Here are handful of ways to turn a little lot into a series of useful, beautiful outdoor rooms.

Ingenious Upgrades for Your Outdoor Rooms

Porch, patio, and deck upgrades that will make you glad you stayed at home.

Installing a natural gas barbecue grill

How to Install a Natural Gas Barbecue Grill

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey installs a natural gas line for a barbecue grill

Wooden rain barrel outside blue house

How to Build a Rain Barrel

Collecting rainwater is a no-brainer for gardening. It’s the ugly black barrels we could do without. So here’s a plan you can use to build your own rain barrel, one that’s both eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. It’s a simple project, thanks to an off-the-shelf diverter kit that connects to a downspout.

Group of friends playing a pipe ball lawn game

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.

Maintaining Small Engine Gas-Powered Yard Tools

How to Maintain Small Engine Gas-Powered Yard Tools

Keeping outdoor power equipment running smoothly with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.