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How to Create a Relaxing Garden Retreat

After a winter stuck inside renovating her 1890 farmhouse in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, TOH magazine reader Maria Hasenecz was eager to head outdoors. Here's how her garden grew.

Miniature Golf Course at Home

How to Build a Miniature Golf Course

Bring the family together by building the green and then playing on it with this DIY miniature golf cart that both kids and adults can enjoy.

How to Have a Successful Yard Sale

Check out these tips on how to rake in the big bucks when you put your old stuff out to sell.

Using water hose to spray outdoor television

How to Install an Outdoor Television

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron installs a weatherproof television to complete a homeowner's patio.

Side of a house with an outdoor faucet.

How to Install an Outdoor Faucet

Learn how to add a new hose spigot with This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey.

Young deer eating leaves off small tree

How to Deer-Proof Small Trees

Learn how to keep deer away from young trees and shrubs with landscape contractor Roger Cook.

Bat house on the side of a red house

How to Build a Bat House

Give these mosquito-eating creatures a place to roost in time for trick-or-treat season, and reap the benefits year-round. With instructions for parents and kids

Wheelbarrow in garden

How to Fix a Flat Wheelbarrow Tire

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to repair a flat tire on a wheelbarrow.


Build It | Fire Pit Cover

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva works with host Kevin O’Connor to build a cover that can turn a store bought fire pit into a table when not in use.

Jenn Nawada spreading ground cover

How to Design a Yard in Phases

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada returns to her home state of Florida to help a homeowner design a tropical landscape for his backyard.


How to Install a Raised Vegetable Garden with Arbors

This Old House landscaping contractors Roger Cook and Jenn Nawada help an elementary school build and plant a raised-bed vegetable garden.

Family Project: Lemonade stand

How to Build a Lemonade Stand

How to make a sturdy display table, with instructions for parents and kids.

A cedar compost bench in a landscaped garden

How to Build a Cedar Compost Bench

Use clear cedar boards to assemble a comfortable and productive focal point for your yard.


How to Build a Tree Swing

Make an old-fashioned rope swing with these instructions for parents and kids.

How to Create a Backyard Pond

Learn how to create a free-form backyard pond in just six hours.

How to Build an Outdoor Bench From Dining Chairs

See a pair of vintage chairs transformed into an outdoor bench that can be enjoyed for years to come.

Two girls playing in a homemade fort.

How to Build a Fort

How to make a versatile backyard play area, with instructions for parents and kids.

How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

If you've got some basic skills and a couple of handy friends, you too can build a grill island like this one. Here's the lowdown.

Tom Silva and two children walking on stilts.

How to Build Wooden Stilts

Walk a little taller after assembling these fun playtime accessories.

How to Turn a Salvaged Sink Into an Outdoor Bar

They look great and work even better, but did you know a vintage kitchen sink can also improve your social life? Here’s how to turn an old sink into a unique and functioning outdoor bar.

Swing set build

How to Build a Swing Set

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva travels to Colorado to help a couple build a DIY swing set for their young son.

A backyard treehouse

How to Build a DIY Treehouse

Use specialty hardware designed to preserve the tree and a mix of lumber and branches to create a platform sturdy enough to support your kids’ wildest imaginations.

A person in a protective bee suit collecting honey from a bee hive.

How to Harvest Honey from a Beehive

Landscaper Roger Cook and a professional beekeeper harvest honey, talk about hive health and show you how to maintain and grow your hive.

How to Restore Outdoor Furniture

Learn how to extend the life of your lawn chairs with the advice from an expert.

Close up of a bee hive drawer.

How to Set Up a Beehive

Ask This Old House’s Roger Cook takes you through everything you need to plan and install a beehive in your backyard or a field near your home.

Outdoor Speaker Systems: Planning Guide

Here’s how to plan the perfect outdoor audio systems.

S16 E3, Jenn Nawada builds a water feature

How to Install a Water Feature that Reuses Rainwater

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada installs a water feature that collects and reuses rainwater.

House Hydrant

How to Install a House Hydrant

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey installs a house hydrant to replace a leaky outdoor spigot.


Build It | How to Build a Chicken Coop

Use pressure-treated lumber and PVC trim to create a shelter designed by Tom Silva to keep predators at bay—and provide a source of fresh eggs right out your back door.


How to Maintain Your Snow Blower

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook gives tips on how to keep a snow blower running through every storm.

How to Winterize Your Grill and Outdoor Kitchen Appliances

Whether you've got a charcoal kettle on wheels or a gas grill built into an outdoor kitchen, here's how to store your grill during the off-season.

Outdoor Showers 101

A place to rinse off outdoors is a no-brainer for beach dwellers. But it's also great for cleaning up grimy gardeners, sweaty Little Leaguers, and muddy mutts. Here's how to hook up one of your own.