When a homeowner realized that her home daycare’s outdoor play space could be upgraded, she knew a mud kitchen project was on the horizon. She called the Ask This Old House team for help building this feature. Carpenter Nathan Gilbert is fresh off building his own daughter’s daycare, a mud kitchen, so he knew just what to do.
Carpenter Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner block their gas meter from the road with a simple yet attractive removable utility cover.
Fire pits add atmosphere and warmth to your backyard. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the four best fire pits on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.
Lee Gilliam, the newest member of the Ask This Old House family, teams up with landscaping contractor Jenn Nawada to help a homeowner whose yard has been going downhill.
Get these seasonal tips for keeping your home safe, enjoying the outdoors, and prepping for the holiday with décor.
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.
Who needs the mall theater or a drive-in with the weather this nice? Bring the Silver Screen to your backyard with a red-carpet-worthy movie premiere this summer.
As the weather warms up, tackle these summer home maintenance tasks keep everything running smoothly—inside and out.
Spaces for gathering, cooking, dining, and play define this family’s backyard getaway. See how they designed a multifunctional outdoor space.
General contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O’Connor how to build a DIY cornhole board to meet regulation standards.
Get set for grilling season! Whether you’re looking to upgrade, or it’s your first summer in charge of the spatula, here are a variety of options for every type of fuel
Everyone loves a fire pit, but wood-burning models require a lot of work. Propane fire pits are a low-maintenance alternative. Read our review below on the best propane fire pits to learn more about Amazon's top options.
Find the best gas grill for your outdoor kitchen with our buying guide to today's top-rated propane and natural gas grills.
Are you tired of paying a sprinkler company or landscape contractor to turn the water to your sprinkler system back on each spring? This relatively simple job is well within the abilities of a DIYer, and all it takes is a little background knowledge to save a lot of money. Here’s how to handle turning on a sprinkler system yourself.
Tackle these spring home and lawn maintenance tasks to keep your property looking as good as new.
Even if you don’t live in an area where fallen leaves are common, a blower can help you keep your yard free of other debris. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the best leaf blowers to help you find the model best suited for your home.
Pole saws make pruning trees, bushes, and other plants simple and accessible. Find the best pole saw for your yard with the help of our top recommendations.
Purchase a heater to enjoy your patio or other outdoor living space year round. Our review goes over the best patio heaters on the market.
Learning the best ways to use these popular landscaping rocks will lend both style and utility to your yard or garden. And with plenty of options for different types of spaces, most DIY gardeners and landscapers will be able to find something to turn their yard into an elegant escape. But knowing which stones to use for a project can be critical, and this guide aims to help.
An inflatable pool is an alternative to an above-ground or in-ground pool. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the best inflatable pools on Amazon.
When you’re not building sand castles or swimming in the ocean, relax in a beach chair. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best beach chairs on Amazon to help you find the one that’s right for you.
A log splitter is a useful tool for anyone with a fireplace. Our buying guide and pros and cons chart can help you pick the best log splitter for your home.
From croquet to badminton, yard games are an easy and affordable way to make your outdoor living space more fun during the warmer months of the year. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best yard games on Amazon to help you find the one that’s right for you.
Throwing a frisbee around is a timeless way to enjoy the outdoors with your friends or family. This review explores the best frisbees that you can find on Amazon.
Playsets allow your children to enjoy the outdoors while swinging, sliding, climbing, and playing. Keep reading to learn about our picks for the best playscapes on Amazon.
In this review, we analyze and compare the best invisible fences on Amazon, discuss what to look for when buying, and answer common buyer questions.
Are you looking for a tent for a weekend camping trip? Read our buyer’s guide on the best tents on Amazon to learn about four of our top recommendations.
For those areas of your yard where a lawnmower can’t reach or where you need a little extra help such as in tight corners or around trees, a string trimmer is a convenient maintenance tool. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best string trimmers on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.
Combining the practicality of a table with the magic of a fire, a fire pit table makes for a perfect backyard addition. Find the best one with our top recommendations.
Host Kevin O’Connor and general contractor Tom Silva install Brookside Elementary School’s new library, with the help of several of the school children.
As the fall season begins, there are a few maintenance tasks to pay attention to around the house. Here are six ways to prepare your yard and home for the cooler season.
Are you planning on refreshing your flowerbeds with a new layer of mulch? Or have you added a new raised bed full of veggies that need some moisture retention? Read on to discover everything from figuring out the volume and how much you can expect to pay to calculating how much mulch you’ll need.