The most energy-efficient, low-maintenance house siding options — according to a home siding expert. Here’s how to weigh your options before residing a house to improve the look, improve energy savings, and increase resale value.
Outdoors / Landscaping
How the outside of your house looks (including your property) says a lot about you! Here, homeowners are sharing their personal experiences & tips for enhancing your home's curb appeal. See clever ideas that will give your outdoor spaces a facelift. Ideas that you won't see anywhere else to improve everything outside -- from grass, trees, flowers & other lawn care tips to driveways, porches, decks, and patios.
I wanted to buy an affordable potted tree for my backyard, so I turned to a site called Fast Growing Trees. Here’s why I’d buy trees online from them again.
Floratam grass is perfect for many homeowners in Florida, southern Texas, Louisiana, and other parts of the United States. But is it the right type of grass for YOUR yard? Here are the pros & cons of Floratam + Tips on growing a beautiful Floratam lawn — including how to mow, water, and fertilize Floratam properly.
Considering automatic driveway gates? Here are the different types of driveway gates, materials that you can choose from, maintenance issues for each type of entry gate, and how to ultimately choose the best driveway gate for your residence.
When it comes to choosing screened in porch windows for screen porch enclosures, there are many options. My parents proved that Eze Breeze windows are a smart alternative to plastic sheeting for screened porches — theirs even survived a tornado! Here are some reasons to choose vinyl glazing over glass windows — plus photos.
Knowing which deck stain to choose is only half the battle. I recently refinished my 21 year old deck and I want to share the tips and tricks I’ve learned about finding the best deck stain and how to clean and stain a deck. It’s a great diy project that can be done in one weekend.
Think that exterior home renovations are expensive? They can be — if you’re not careful. But I’ve got some awesome DIY home exterior design ideas to share with you that WON’T break the bank! Pick a weekend and get busy with these exterior home remodel projects: a mailbox makeover, create a natural pathway, spruce up your front door, and other simple ideas that cost next to nothing.
DIY Halloween prop builders paradise awaits! Tricks and tips to scare the wits out of trick-or-treaters. If they survive the trick, they get the treat!
When you think of curb appeal do, you think of a perfectly manicured front yard? I used to. Here are great curb appeal ideas for those of us without a yard!
Don’t let the cold weather take all the color out of your garden! Here are 6 hardy & colorful plants you’ll want to incorporate into your winter landscaping
Repairing or replacing your driveway? Measuring it accurately is the key – here’s how. Plus tools to help you calculate your total concrete driveway cost.
DIY curb appeal ideas & exterior home improvement projects. See how much it costs to stain a deck, seal a driveway, add a gravel path, paint vinyl siding, etc
Sinkholes can make lakes disappear & turn waterfront homes into a homeowner’s worst nightmare! Here’s what to watch for, plus info about sinkhole insurance.
Wondering the true cost of adding a water garden in your backyard? Here’s how to build a pond, along with how much money & which supplies you’ll need.
Keep up with your tree pruning or you may find your home’s landscape in dire need of trimming like this one! Here are the 5 tree pruning tools you need.
The EZflow French drain system is an innovative product consisting of 90% recycled content. It counts toward LEED credits, is easy to install, saves time & money.
Conservation subdivisions combine green space and trees with community living, for the ultimate in eco-friendly community design.
Rain chains are kind of like downspouts turned inside-out. You get the opportunity to hear AND see rain water cascading through your own personal waterfall.
Have you heard about using an envirotile as an alternative to traditional pavers? Envirotiles are rubber tiles – or rubber pavers – that look great for a deck or patio! They’re produced from 100% rubber tires diverted from landfills. As a passionate DIYer, I’m giving you the best information including where to buy, the pros of using them, and the downsides to installing rubber pavers.
Wondering about the best grill to buy? Your first decision needs to be whether you’ll buy a gas grill or a charcoal grill. Here are some of the unique differences between the two.
I’m a big DIYer and recently placed a stone walkway in my yard and I love to share my home projects and what I wish I’d known before I started. Follow my step-by-step process for laying a flagstone walkway, including what to do and NOT do and I know your project will be much smoother!
Knowing how to find a tree service when you need one can save you a lot of money and heartache. Acquaint yourself with a reliable local tree service before you need one.
Eze-Breeze porch enclosures are a great way to turn your back porch into a true 3-season room. Eze-Breeze is a vinyl glazed window sheet that is custom made to fit the window openings on your porch. Save some cash by installing them yourself. A great DIY project.
I recently heard someone talking about building a pierced brick fence as an alternative to a traditional yard screen. This was very intriguing to me so I did a little research on creating a cool brick wall look that also serves as a fence. This type of hardscaping is popular and can increase your home’s value if you plan to sell.
Check out this gorgeous outdoor fireplace. It’s the focal point of a backyard playground complete with outdoor kitchen and gunite swimming pool.
It’s good to have neighbors you can chat it up with but sometimes you need your privacy. If your backyard is in dire need of a privacy screen it’s time you made plans to correct that issue and begin enjoying your own little slice of heaven right outside your back door.
You’ve got to see this garage that’s covered in old license plates from all over the country. It’s definitely not something that you see everyday.
Looking for a unique exterior landscape lighting solution? LED lighting has come a long way. These are very bright, colorful and require zero maintenance. Very cool stuff!
Continuous concrete landscape curbing has been around for decades but it is gaining popularity as a great way to give your yard that professional finishing touch.
You would never expect an old graveyard right in the heart of your subdivision. Unfortunately, sometimes it happens and home sales may suffer because of its’ close proximity within the neighborhood.
Double link rain chains are a unique garden accessory that add appeal to any home. Dull, dreary downspouts offer a fraction of architectural appeal in comparison to these Japanese-inspired features.
Tulip Poplar tree bark siding is a beautifully rustic choice of siding that can be used in some areas of your home, or outbuildings, that you may not have thought of before. I’ve provided a few photos of bark siding in use on an ‘outhouse’ on a beautifully landscaped estate. Come see.
The 7th Annual Sandy Springs Society Home Garden Tour showcased 5 spectacular private home gardens and provided a wealth of ideas for anyone attending the event.
A tree costume to beat all tree costumes at the GA Renaissance Festival. Even a smaller version of this would make a great costume idea for Halloween.
Pooktre is the unique art form of tree shaping. Peter Cook and Becky Northey created it, developed it and perfected it. The result is astounding.
Arborsculpture is the art of shaping and grafting live tree trunks into artwork or functional pieces. The results are astounding and somewhat mind-boggling as you are about to see.
Installing a solar pool heater system is best left to the professionals. The best we can do, as homeowners, is stand back, take photos, ask questions, watch and learn. That’s exactly what happened here.
Don’t just pour a dull concrete driveway. Jazz it up with embedded washed river pebbles! You’ll be astounded with the results!
Here is a unique Halloween yard decoration to be sure. Give it a go yourself or just enjoy the fun!
My Weber grill has been very reliable over the past 15 years but now I might need to replace it. Here’s what I did to remedy my situation.
Looking for a cool way to take the heat off while you’re out on the patio this summer? Maybe a cool misting patio umbrella would do the trick.
Here is an example of brick edging laid in a vertical fashion (sailor curb) with alternating colors of brick along pathways and a driveway. A beautiful finished product!
A copper rain chain downspout added a unique touch to this craftsman style home renovation featured on HGTV’s Curb Appeal.
Mock rocks are an attractive, creative and cost-effective method of concealing undesirable exposed utilities around the landscape. Here’s an example of one in use.
Halloween costume ideas abound in this post about Edde’s Trick Shop in Marietta, GA with additional ideas from BuyCostume.com. Both have a wide selection and will ship to your door.
Looking for some scary Halloween lawn decorations and ideas for your house? I’ve compiled some links to some ghoulish ideas and some of the BEST online retailers.
Tree faces are becoming a unique accent in landscaping these days… with good reason. Some of them are so life-like that if you were to adorn your property with a few of them you would have a whole bunch creating a virtual woods of forest faces.
If you’ve ever considered having a well drilling service drill a water well for you, or drilling your own water well on your property, then you have some research ahead of you. I’ve offered a few links to help you along in the process.
If you’re about to sell your home you’ll need to check this list of critical exterior and landscaping bullet points to bring your curb appeal up to snuff. Spending some time checking of these items will boost your ability to sell quickly and for a higher price.
Copper rain chains and rain cups have been around for centuries in Japan and now they are making their way to the states. Hard to believe something so simply beautiful and functional has taken this long to be used here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. If you want an alternative to the traditional enclosed metal downspout on your gutters then you might want to consider a rain chain. Who knows…you might even lower your blood pressure from the effects of watching rain pout through one in action.