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How to: Make a DIY Modern Planter Box for Under $40

by Lidy Dipert

DIY Modern Flower Box

It's that time of year again! The season to start thinking about our outdoor gardens and spaces! When we first moved into our home three years ago, the outdoor living space was...decent. But it wasn't quite our taste, and that made it a bit challenging to get over what we inherited and visualize an outdoor space that was meaningful to us.

But this year, we decided to take our first baby steps towards a more modern and clean outdoor space...

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How to: Easy Geometric Solar Lights for Your Porch or Patio

by Faith Provencher
How-To: Easy Geometric Solar Lights For Your Porch or Patio
Photo: Faith Towers

Solar lights are functional and great for the environment, but not always attractive. I'm here to change that - today I have a super easy project that will transform generic solar pathway lights into lanterns pretty enough to be the centerpiece on your outdoor dining table. Keep reading to check out the full photo tutorial.   

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Our DIY Paver Stone Project: Part 2

by Bruno Bornsztein

Our DIY Paver Stone Project: Part 2

Over the last two weeks, I've been making-over our mildly pathetic back yard with a brand new paver stone walkway and patio. In this part of the series, I'll show you how I planned the whole thing out (including a sweet 3D rendering), and how much I spent on materials in the first (of several) shopping trips. 

It's all over on the HouseLogic blog, and I think you'll be really surprised to hear how I my costs under control. Go check it out!

PLUS: HouseLogic is giving away a $100 gift card to a randomly selected person who leaves a comment on my guest post (hurry, you have until Thursday, June23rd at 11:59 pm central time to enter!).

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Swimming Pool Be-Gone

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Swimming Pool Be-Gone

Most people think having a swimming pool in the backyard is a treat. WRONG!! Every year I add up how much money we literally pour into our pool and think, "Fill it in!"  This California homeowner decided to give up the whole shebang and opted for a socially, swingin' bocce ball court, fire pit and beautifully landscaped pathways.

Check out the cleaned out yard and the new party plaza.

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How To Build a River Rock Fountain

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To Build a River Rock Fountain

Between flowers and vegetable garden tending, you'll have a few weekends to build a zen like river rock fountain to make your backyard the tranquil envy of the neighbors (not that this is a competition, mind you). You can use just about any outdoor garden structure for a fountain, but you can't beat the organic beauty and simplicity of smooth, serene river rocks. The trusty guys over at This Old House make it look very DIY-able. Here's all you'll need to get started:

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How To Build a Backyard Tree House

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To Build a Backyard Tree House

Photos: Popluar Mechanics

We've all seen photos of amazing tree house architecture, but nothing compares to this dad's tender narrative of building his kids' their own backyard tree fort. The next best thing to letting his kids build it themselves is reading about his recollection of the construction of his own childhood perch with his neighborhood friends, an all but extinct experience these days. His story, intertwined with a descriptive How To, evoked sweet memories of my own childhood summers filled with treacherous climbs up to our homemade shack and our summer long attempts to make it cozier by adding carpet, floor tiles, and eventually shingles.

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DIY Backyard Theater for Cool Fall Nights

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

DIY Backyard Theater for Cool Fall Nights

Photo Image: Dave Banks

Don't let these still, cool evenings of Fall go to waste sitting inside watching t.v. It would be way more fun sitting outside with some firepit action, smores and watching a movie with friends, even snuggling up in a blanket for a scary Halloween movie.  GeekDad provides a step by step tutorial for backyard diy-ers who aren't quite ready to throw in the seasonal towel.

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Modern Chicken Coops.

by Chris Gardner

I was checking out the website of my CSA last week, and noticed they have egg-laying hens for only $10. Having grown up in the city, I never had the fun of homegrown livestock. But a $10 hen, just for me? Where on earth would I put it?

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One of these would do quite nice, indeed. Grassroots Modern highlights ModernCoops: "Designed and built by Modern Coops, each coop is made of recycled cedar and sports a fiberglass roof. The base model is $525 and...

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