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

    This handsome volume offers a library of outdoor projects for do-it-yourselfers in one compact place.

    Boasting a hefty 560 pages of detailed how-to information, this is one project book you do not want to miss out on. This guide shows you how to accomplish just about any exterior DIY project; from installing a garden pond, to building a treehouse, and it does it with clear, step-by-step photos.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Upcycling Outdoors

    Max McMurdo teaches you how to discover your inner design genius, where to find great scrap items and techniques on how to transform them into great design for your garden and outdoor spaces.

    Whether you want to create a firepit from bicycle wheels, an outdoor plant display from a painted dressing table or fashion a potting shed from three vintage doors, Max provides invaluable know-how on the tools, techniques and materials required to take you on an outdoor creative journey. Some of the projects involve only a few simple steps and can be completed within an hour, others require a weekend of outdoor activity.

    Above all, every one of the 20 projects is designed to get you upcycling and recycling as you create designs that bring hours of pleasure to your garden.

  • 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.