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

  • Black & Decker: The Complete Outdoor Builder

    The Complete Outdoor Builder includes a wide range of 150 projects guaranteed to improve your yard including:

    • Multilevel deck
    • Trellis gate
    • Composite railings
    • Stone moon window
    • Sheds
    • Walkway
    • Playhouse
    • Treehouse
    • Landscape steps
    • Arbo
    • And much more!

    The projects have been designed and built by professionals and the book features step-by-step photography as well as complete lists of tools and materials.

  • 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.
  • Chicken Coops

    Whether you're keeping one hen in a small backyard or 1,000 hens in a large, free range pasture, here are 45 plans for housing both laying and meat birds.

    The designs range from fashionable designer abodes to conversions for trailer frames, greenhouses and sheds to low-budget alternatives for working with found and recycled materials – and easy ways to make feeders. A colour gallery offers more ideas.

  • 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 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
  • How to Build Wooden Boats

    Written for the amateur boat builder, this guidebook contains clear practical directions and designs for building 16 modern small boats, rowboats, sailboats, outboards, a 125-class hydroplane and a runabout. Find detailed step-by-step instructions with diagrams, for each design presented.

    The techniques have been kept as simple as possible; moreover, the standardized techniques described and illustrated here are used in boat yards and can be used to construct a variety of other craft.

  • 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.
  • 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

  • Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency

    Whether tackling the garden, raising animals, learning more about alternative energy or bettering your storage and preservation, Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency is the perfect starting point.

    With its clear plan drawings, precise instructions and detailed photos, this book makes DIY easier than ever and will guide you through how to make over 60 complete projects including:

    • A portable chicken ark
    • Two types of beehive
    • Solar cookers
    • Firewood storage
    • A potato growing box
    • Hoophouses and greenhouses
    • Raised planting beds
    • A rainbarrel
    • A cider press
    • Compost bins and cold frames
    • Drying racks
    • A soil sifter
    • A cabbage slicer for putting up sauerkraut
    • And much more!

  • 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.