Upgrade a Basic Bookcase

Put a personal spin on an off-the-shelf bookcase with these easy DIY makeover ideas.

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Stairway Railing Ideas

Stairway railings serve more than a functional purpose -- they give stairs a visual presence and make a staircase a work of art. Find ideas for the perfect railing for your stairway.

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Beach Chic Porch Renovation

A family put a new roof over their heads by turning their back deck into a coastal-inspired covered porch. Learn how they made the big change from their existing porch to their new, cozy family hangout area.

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Give a Plain Mirror a Makeover

Take a plain mirror to the next level with these easy DIY embellishments.

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DIY Outdoor and Garden Projects

Sprucing up your outdoor space doesn't need to be a massive undertaking. Use these inspirational small projects -- including painting rocks to hanging new house numbers -- to instantly improve the look of a garden, patio, deck, or backyard.

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Add Storage Around Stairs

Step up your home's storage capacity by making the most of underused areas below and beside your stairs. Here's a look at 18 homes that beautifully optimized stairwell and staircase spaces.

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Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are practical and beautiful elements to include in a landscape. They can help solve a variety of problems and offer unique planting opportunities as well. A retaining wall can be a good do-it-yourself project for a variety of skill levels. Get started on yours with our retaining wall ideas. Retaining walls are most often used to help hold back a slope; here's how to build one that adds space and structure, as well as improves the value of your home. There are many different types of retaining walls, some of which are time-intensive to build. Before you pick one, take a look at the how-tos for building all different types of retaining walls, including dry-laid, freestanding, and short flagstone, as well as concrete, stacking, wood, brick, and loose masonry. If you're going to handle your own project, learn how to build the various elements; we have instructions, including making forms for poured walls, slabs, wall footings, clamps, and cross-ties. Before you choose which type of wall you need, evaluate the costs and pros and cons of handling the types of landscaping stone; use this guide to get started.

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Create a long-lasting and elegant enclosure by adding a stone wall to your yard.

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Wood Retaining Wall

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Concrete Retaining Wall

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Mortared Stone Wall

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Timber Retaining Wall

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Loose-Masonry Retaining Wall

This wall is built with ashlar stone -- we'll show you how to do it.

Stacking Walls

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Quail Fence

This decorative picket fence is a real charmer.

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