Dress up your rafters with a decorative tail pattern By Matt Weber At the recent Remodeling Show/Deck Expo in Baltimore, Maryland, the EHT staff caught up with our friend Mark Clement, who was giving a demonstration on how to cut decorative rafter tails. With a limitless array of patterns, these stylistic enhancements to the ends of a beam or rafter […]
By Walt Steele There’s good news and there’s good news. You can have a new clay paver patio or walkway without digging, without spreading crusher run, without tamping, without measuring out an inch of sand and screeding it smooth. You can do it without cutting a single clay paver. And you can make […]
This easy-to-build bench can be used on your patio or deck—or anywhere. By Matt Weber When I build outdoor furniture I want it to last. I also want to spend as little time maintaining the furniture as possible. That’s why I often choose cedar as my outdoor building material. In my area of the country cedar is more expensive than […]
By Tom Matthews The time-honored look of brick paver patios is as popular today as ever. For homeowners in search of a backyard retreat for relaxing and entertaining, installing a paver patio makes an excellent do-it-yourself project to enhance the backyard and increase the value of the home. EHT offers a few […]
Build a patio with composite pavers in an interlocking grid system. Julie Quigley wanted a large backyard patio with the look of traditional pavers. Her house had a small concrete patio, and the plan was to cover it in pavers and extend the new surface for a larger overall patio area. The job site had its challenges, however. The yard […]
By Matt Weber A concrete slab is one of the basic components of modern construction throughout the world. Whether used as a building foundation, sidewalk, patio or a mounting pad for your AC condenser, the method of construction is largely the same. Building codes generally require that exterior stairways have a concrete footing or foundation. Without the foundation the steps […]
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