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Take your favorite book and head outside to your own screened-in gazebo getaway.
Gazebo getaway Forget about running endless errands. Forget about mowing the ever-growing lawn. Forget about everything. It is a perfect Ferris Bueller kind of day to spend lazing around outside...
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When sandbags are piled together, they create a strong, protective barrier against floods. Earthbags, filled with sand, volcanic rock, and other materials, provide a sustainable building alternative...
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A lot of people are opting for a building with a canvas-like covering because it's cost-effective and versatile. Some people use fabric buildings as workshops, or to store hay or equipment....
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A guest house can provide pleasant memories for visitors and serve other purposes when you're not playing host.
When you live in the country, extended visits from family and friends are the norm. A detached guest house gives everyone more space and privacy, and can be less expensive than building an addition...
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If you need to dry wood for projects, there are options. You can let it sit outside in the sun or dry it in a kiln.Get the best of both worlds by building a solar kiln.
Radio interview source: Lucas Peters, How-to-Editor, WOOD Magazine Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below For the do-it-yourself woodworker, a homemade solar kiln can dry lumber in as...
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Here's how to achieve the attractive look and perfect function you want for outbuildings on your country property.
Building a shed A shed should be a thing of beauty to behold, says David Stiles, author of Sheds: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Backyard Builders. "People often make the mistake of thinking of...
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A root cellar can be a concrete-lined hole in the ground, a converted garage, or even an old ice house. To have a good root cellar, you need the proper ventilation, temperature, and humidity.
Radio interview source: Jennifer Megyesi, Author, The Joy of Keeping a Root Cellar, and Owner, Fat Rooster Farm Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below It's not too early to plan...
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Many people are converting old barns into new homes. Start by determining if the structure is sound. Then, consider how you'll use the building and what features you want it to have. Radio...
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One of the best ways to understand the heritage of an area is to look at the barns. Barns are rich with agricultural history and can give you a glimpse into the past. Radio interview source: Charles...
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Barns need good ventilation for healthy air quality. The air inside a barn can become stagnant with dust and mold, ammonia gasses and other pollutants, and animals can get sick if there isn't...

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