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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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DIY Doghouse Plans

Download the doghouse plans featured in the Summer 2012 issue of Do It Yourself magazine.

Download the doghouse plans created by Lee Sie and featured in the summer 2012 issue of Do It Yourself magazine.

What You'll Need:

  • Five 2x3 boards, 96 inches in length (base, floor, and deck)
  • Eleven 1x1 boards (framing and porch overhang posts)
  • Two 8x10-inch picture frames (windows)
  • Eight asphalt roofing shingles
  • One 27x32x1/4-inch sheet plywood (flooring)
  • Two 18x32-1/2x1/4-inch sheet plywood (roofing)
  • One 4x4-feet sheet plywood or scrap pieces of siding (exterior walls)
  • 1- and 1-1/2-inch decking screws
  • 1-inch roofing nails

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