Outdoor D I Y Projects

  • Black & Decker Complete Guide to Sheds

    This exciting new edition has the perfect plan for anyone who is building his or her own backyard shed from small garage-style sheds with overhead doors, to kit sheds, to contemporary utility sheds with a dramatic flair.

    This new edition delves into new styles that are drawing strong interest today, including tiny sheds, miniature tool sheds, and even small habitable sheds that are designed to function mostly as a quiet retreat for practicing a particular hobby or activity. Additional features include:

    • A general skills section to build good techniques
    • Full-colour step-by-step photos, complete building plan drawings with cutting lists, and clear how-to instructions
    • Information on new tools and products that will make your project go faster and more smoothly
    • Helpful information on important considerations like siting and zoning

  • Build Your Own Beekeeping Equipment
    Build Your Own Beekeeping Equipment offers 35 building projects for everything from hive components to frames to swarm catchers, all illustrated with step-by-step instructions.

    Many require only simple hand tools and can be made using recycled materials at a fraction of the price charged in stores.
  • Cabins and Cottages
    This book gives you a logical and sensible approach to building permanent shelter in out-of-the-way places. Including everything from choosing and clearing a site, creating an electrical power source, creating a foundation and then all the way to constructing a retreat. You'll learn carpentry and building techniques for a basic cottage with prefab walls, an A-Frame cabin and a rustic log cabin with a framed roof. Design for: *Heavy snow *High Winds *Flooding etc. Including: *Water *Pumps *Drilled Well *Putting in a Sink *Self Contained Toilets *Waste Disposal *Heating with Wood. Features: Step-by-Step Illustrations.
  • Color Concrete Garden Projects

    Discover the countless ways you can craft with colour and concrete! Concrete is the perfect medium for outdoor crafts. It is versatile and durable, and it looks even better with time. Add the unexpected element of colour, and you have the perfect recipe for vibrant, modern outdoor decor.

    This hands-on guide will take your outdoor space from grey to great. Concrete artisans Nathan Smith and Michael Snyder show you how to mix concrete, use forms and moulds and add colour using stains, slurries and other innovative techniques.

    Twenty creative step-by-step projects for furniture, planters and art include an elegant tabletop planter, a modern birdhouse and a charming chair for kids.

    Can Do Pick Every Garden deserves a few ornaments and even better if you make them yourself. Excellent photos cover the whole process for each project.

  • Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses

    The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses is focused on building greenhouses for the home gardener – it's the most complete title on DIY greenhouses you'll find anywhere.

    With full-colour step-by-step photos and comprehensive how-to instructions, the book features full plans for structures that are designed to extend the gardening season. From ornate, Victorian style greenhouses to basic cold frames, you're sure to find a project that meets your needs and fits your space. In this new edition, you'll find several new plans to expand the range of options, including a geodesic-dome greenhouse, a custom greenhouse with a fieldstone foundation and even a super-efficient greenhouse built completely form upcycled building materials.

    With advice on materials and products, along with tips for siting and orienting, the book helps you make good design choices. In addition, there are complete sections on heaters, ventilation and watering systems to show you how to set up and operate your greenhouse for maximum benefit.

  • Complete Guide to Sheds
    Inside you'll find 14 shed's to choose from, all shown with full step-by-step instructions and very detailed plan drawings.

    From contemporary to very traditional, from big to small, you'll find a structure that suits your needs.

    If you want to design your own shed or aren't exactly sure about some of the techniques you'll need to apply, the comprehensive first chapter includes everything you need to know.


    • Gambrel Garage/Shed
    • Salt Box
    • Lean-to Tool Bin
    • Kit Sheds
    • Timber-frame
    • Shed Design know-how
    • Shed Building Know-how
    • More.

  • Complete Guide to Treehouses
    This edition provides updated information and techniques for arboreal carpenters of all skill levels. Not only will you learn the basics of creating elevated platforms and how to erect walls and roofs around branches and trunks, but you'll also find complete walk-throughs for two distinct treehouses, as well as detailed designs for six more.

    This book includes:

    • Planning & design ideas
    • Basic carpentry instruction
    • Complete treehouse plans
    • Options and ideas for 1-, 2- and 3-trunk treehouses
  • Masonry
    Learn how to design, build and repair masonry like an expert, with the latest techniques and materials, step-by-step directions, safety advice and hundreds of colour illustrations.

    Basic techniques are described for working with mortar, making repairs to brick, mending concrete, attaching fastening and removing stains. A section on building with concrete discusses what can go wrong and why, with sage advice on preparing for the project, forms, pouring and finishing, footings and making adobe.

    Thorough coverage of masonry repairs and maintenance is also included, plus useful tips and special tricks of the trade.
  • My Cool Shed
    This book celebrates the humble and not so humble shed, from artists' studios to beach huts, and the diverse ways in which owners are styling them.

    My Cool Shed features 35 sheds, small cabins, garden rooms, beach huts, modern architectural mini masterpieces and other small spaces given purpose by their owners to pursue their hobbies, careers, creative endeavours or just to find some peace and solitude. The book includes high-quality stylish photography to show a wide range of well-styled and elegant sheds, cabins, dens and hidewaways in attractive locations.

    The owners' stories and accompanying style notes offer insight as well as inspiration. This is not a 'how to' book, but more of a 'feel good' provider of inspiration.
  • Raised Bed Revolution

    Raised bed gardening is the fastest-growing garden strategy today, and Raised Bed Revolution is its ultimate guidebook. The book includes information about size requirements for constructing raised beds, height suggestions, types of materials you can use and creative tips for fitting the maximum garden capacity into small spaces – including vertical gardening.

    Enhanced with gorgeous photography, this book covers subjects such as growing-medium options, rooftop gardening, cost-effective gardening solutions, planting tips, watering strategies (automatic water drip systems and hand watering) and more. The process of creating and building raised beds is a cinch, too, thanks to the extensive gallery of design ideas and step-by-step projects.

  • Roof Building Manual
    his manual is for pitching the conventional cut-on-site roof. This step-by-step guide is full of easy to follow instructions. An indispensible aid for teaching Apprentices, plus quick and easy to use tables and bevels for all roof pitches from 5 degrees to 75 degrees. Bevels are drawn on the page ready to transfer directly to the bevel tool.


    • Skillion & Lean-to Roofs

    • Gable Roofs

    • Dual Pitched Roofs

    • Unequal Pitch Gable Roofs

    • Jerkinhead roof

    • The Dutch gable

    • The Hip or Hip and Valley Roof

  • She Sheds

    They've got their man caves, and it's time for you to have a space of your own. Get inspired, and get started on your very own tricked-out retreat!

    She Sheds shows you how to create cozy getaways. Start by defining the goal and purpose of your space. Will you use it for entertaining, crafting, or alone time? Then, use the gallery of over 100 photos as inspiration for your decor, paint colours and landscaping. You'll even find fun upcycling ideas to personalize your space.

  • Swiss Army Knife Book

    Woodsman Felix Immler reveals how we can build a comfortable camp in the wilderness using nothing more than a pocket knife.

    Simple natural materials are used for making a waterproof roof, a chair, a bed, a table, a fridge and an oven, as well as for carving spoons, knifes and bowls. You can even grill a chicken on a self-made, water-driven skewer. The book is full of ideas for exciting and thrilling activities, suitable for families and teens as well as adult explorers.

  • Versatile Shed
    The Versatile Shed offers basic how-to for building your own shed structure, along with recommendations for electrical and comfort needs. Also included are ideas for working with pre-fabricated sheds, with suggestions for customization.

    But mostly, this book is about ideas. With dozens of them for interior and exterior customization that will add an extra, and versatile, space to your home. With a little bit of thought and work, your shed can become a guest cottage, a recording studio, a writer's getaway and even a "small" business location.