wrote, "Summertime and the livin' is easy" must have been living
in a simpler time. Most people I know are up to their eyeballs with
summer obligations: games and recitals and end-of-school parties, weddings and
graduations, Father's Day get-togethers. And since a lot of those obligations
involve real people seeing your home and yard (in broad daylight!), most
homeowners have some sprucing up to do. That, or a long list of neglected
our case, it's a family reunion and time to fix the kitchen faucet and the
running toilet, tear out the carpet on the stairs, repair the mosaic tile in
the half bath, stain the deck, mulch like mad, and replace the landscaping
rock. Oh, and the project dearest to my heart—remove the pink elephant
wallpaper border in the guest bedroom and repaint. I'll give you one guess
where that ranks on my husband's priority list.
what's on the list at your house? Maybe you're lucky, and the grad at your
house is a '12. Which means you have almost a year to grow yourself a picture-perfect
lawn, transform your concrete patio into a beautiful gathering space, maybe
even build a brand new deck. Our July/August 2011 issue hits the newsstands June 14.
Pick up a copy and search our site and you'll find out how to do all those
things and more!
Burglar-proof your entry doors
You can stop those losers in their tracks by reinforcing your
doors and jambs. In one hour!
Wake up your tired lawn
show you how to get a fresh start by killing off the old and seeding a healthy
Build a low-upkeep garden shed
that's beautiful, bright and spacious—and
easy to maintain, too! It's just the place to stash all your clutter—at least
until your guests go home.
concrete patio with a bad case of the uglies? Cover it up with brick pavers in
Think you know how to dig a hole?
We'll tell you how to
get perfectly placed postholes, with a little
less sweat on your part.
The Stuff We
green products: cork shower flooring, water-wise grass and, finally, a better
an MP3 player and listen to all your tunes from a single CD or thumb drive.
The easiest way to bring electricity to a shed, gazebo, garden or lamppost. A mini fridge just might come in handy for summer entertaining.
Build a deck!
Visit our Decks section and you'll find 56 great DIY deck-building projects. Find out how to repair
the railing or rebuild your old deck, or start over with an island deck, a wood
and stone deck, a composite deck, a deck with a cedar and glass railing.... If
you can dream it, we can help you achieve it!
TIP: Digging postholes
Ground too hard for digging a posthole? Dig a shallow hole, fill it up with water and let it sit overnight. Then finish digging the hole the next day, when the ground is soft.
I downloaded the magazine to my nook and the article referred to the website for "figures" measurements and plans. Where can I find them. I have tried searching and have had no luck so far.
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