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5 Interesting Chicken Coop Plans

Take homesteading to the next level by building your own chicken coop using one of these unique plans.

How to Build a Backyard Waterfall

Adding a waterfall to your backyard is an easy do-it-yourself project that makes a big impact.

How to Improve Your Backyard with Water Features

No matter how big your backyard is, there’s a water feature that’s right for you.

Cozy Touches for Outdoor Spaces

Make your outdoor areas as comfortable as your indoor rooms for added living space.

5 Chic Fire Pit Ideas

Cozy up by an outdoor fire that’s also an eye-catching addition to your backyard landscaping.

Cool Backyard Design Ideas on a Budget

Making the most of your backyard can feel almost like adding a whole new room onto your house – only in this case, the room is shadier, breezier, and – in the daytime, at least – brighter than any of your inside spaces. But taking your yard from bori ...

4 Tips for Backyard Mosquito Control

An influx of mosquitoes can turn your backyard into a big problem. Here’s how to take care of them.

5 Tips for Creating a Tropical Backyard

Make your outdoor space a relaxing, tropical oasis no matter where you live.

How Motion-Activated Screwdrivers Work

Humans love integrating tech into absolutely everything -- even screwdrivers. We've had power screwdrivers for a long time, but now, your tools can interpret your commands based solely on the position of your hand.

10 Everyday Things You're Probably Doing the Hard Way

Despite our desire for ease, studies show that we may be able to make ourselves smarter by doing things the hard way. But why make life trickier than it needs to be?

How Smart Communities Will Work

What's a smart community: a neighborhood chock-full of smart homes or really brainy folks? We explore the somewhat nebulous definition of this concept -- and how it's playing out in reality -- in this article.

5 Ways to Make My Home More Sustainable

You care not only about your generation but generations to come, so you want to make environmentally-conscious decisions. We’re here to help. Follow these tips and you’ll soon have the most sustainable home possible.

Green Roofs And White Roofs: Low Tech Ways To Save Tons Of Energy

Painting roofs white is an easy way to reflect heat and save costs in the summer. But even better is planting gardens on rooftops, bringing the green back to the urban jungle.

Top 5 Ways to Make My Office More Sustainable

Whether we like to admit it or not, much of our lives are spent at the office. While we're there, Can improve overall quality of life and reduce our carbon footprint just as we do when we're at home?

What are common hazardous wastes in the home?

Did you know that there are differences in what the words "danger," "caution," "poison" and "warning" mean when they're printed on a consumer product? It's not up to the manufacturer to choose which word best goes with the design on the product label.

5 Methods to Keep Pests Out of Your Townhome

Townhouse dwellers get to share a lot of things -- driveways, outdoor spaces, walls and occasionally pest infestations, too. Learn how to keep pests away from your townhome.

Is seeing cockroaches during the day a sign of an infestation?

No one likes the sight of a cockroach scurrying across your kitchen wall – and if you see one during the day, it's officially time to worry. Is it a sign of an infestation?

Repairing Insect Damage to Your Home

You're cleaning up your lovely home one day when your vacuum cleaner attachment goes right through your wood floor! What does this mean for your home and how do you fix it?

How to Protect Your Home From Insects During a Warm Winter

People love warm winters. So do insects. In fact, they love them so much that they might just wait out the winter right along with you – inside your house! Find out how to protect your home here.

Designing and Installing a Backyard Shower

There's something very luxurious about standing beneath a cool shower in the hot sun. Why not add this feature to your own backyard?

Pests & Insects: 10 Renter Red Flags

When you're searching for a new apartment to rent, the last thing you want to think about is probably the presence of pests. But if you ignore some telltale signs, you might find yourself inheriting unwanted critters.

5 Tips to Avoid Bringing Home Bed Bugs From Your Hotel Stay

With nightmare stories of infestations, the old adage, "don't let the bed bugs bite," went from a harmless rhyme to an actual warning overnight. If you're on the road, how do you protect your belongings from these roach-like parasites?

Termite Flooring Damage

Squeaky floors might just mean your home is in its second (or third!) century, but in some cases, sagging, creaky wooden floors can signal a termite infestation. What's the first step if you suspect you have a problem?

Termite Foundation Damage

Termites don't eat concrete, but they will undermine your foundation by tunneling through it on the way to the good stuff. How risky is your home's setup?

Types of Termites and the Damage They Cause

For being tiny, termites can cause an amazing amount of destruction. Which termites might wreak havoc in your home, and what kind of damage will they do?