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28 Easy Summer Weekend Projects

Looking for something to preoccupy your time this summer? Take a look at this roundup of our summer projects.

Everything You Need to Know to Build the Perfect Backyard Pond

Want to introduce an attractive new dimension to your landscape? Just add water. The experts at This Old House explain what it takes to create a handsome, thriving aquatic centerpiece for your backyard.

Backyard Renovation: From Dirt Patch to Perennial Paradise

Twelve years after taking on a barren backyard, this passionate gardener is still weaving it into a rich tapestry of color and texture.

Chainsaw cutting through tree log

How to Use a Chainsaw

Safe and efficient cutting techniques with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and chainsaw expert Tim Ard.

How to Build a Great Gazebo

Whether custom designed or built from a kit, a backyard pavilion provides a perfect place to unwind.

All About Built-in Barbecue Pits

Nothing beats the summery pleasure of a juicy burger seared to perfection over an old school charcoal fire. Read our guide to learn everything you need to know before installing one.

Before and After: Creating an Outdoor Relaxation Zone

See how this couple transformed their neglected backyard into an inviting destination with designated activity areas and low-maintenance finishes.

Chicken Coop Must-Haves for a Healthy, Happy Roost

Boost egg-laying productivity and comfort with these accessories

How to Prep Your Grill for Barbecue Season

Before the season really heats up, give your barbecue its annual checkup using these tips.

Ingenious Upgrades for Your Outdoor Rooms

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

10 Ways to Transform Your Outdoor Space

Put some spring in your steps and in your planting beds, patios, and pots, too.

6 Things You Need For a Perfect Picnic

Enjoy a meal outdoors with these useful and convenient picnic accessories

How to Create a Tuscan Style Outdoor Room

A leaf-covered patio gets a romantic upgrade with vintage furniture, mood lighting, and a party-ready trestle table.

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.

Backyard Transformation: From Floodplain to Oasis

She loved her wooded yard—until it filled up like a lake with every downpour. Here's how one homeowner carved out a flowering paradise (and a swimming pool!) from the muck.

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.

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.

13 DIY Backyard Games and Play Structures

Fill your yard with fun games and forts for the whole family to enjoy.

4 DIY Privacy Screen Upgrades

See these attractive ways to make your yard a private oasis over the weekend

10 Tips for Planning a Backyard Party

Make outdoor entertaining a breeze with these backyard party tips.

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.

Bamboo privacy screen in backyard

How to Plant a Bamboo Screen

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners select and plant a privacy screen using bamboo plants.

Removing overgrown shrub from foundation of home

How to Remove Overgrown Foundation Shrubs

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner remove foundation shrubs that have overtaken the front of her house

19 Beautiful DIY Backyard Projects

From building a fire pit to making an arbor bench, try these fun and functional outdoor DIY projects for a sensational summer yard.

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.