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How to Build 18x20 Storage Buildings

How to Build 18x20 Storage Buildings
Storage buildings have been around a long time. They are a valuable addition to any homeowner's collection of outdoor projects. In the following article, we will discuss the material needed, as well as the steps to building your own building.Things Y

How to Build a Covered Porch

How to Build a Covered Porch
A covered porch provides an elegant passage to the outdoors. When Mother Nature soaks you with her blessed rain on a hot summer day, you can make haste and seek the refuge of the covered porch without fretting over mud-streaked floors. This article s

How to Dig Under a Garage

How to Dig Under a Garage
When you decide to dig under a garage to enlarge a crawlspace or even add a basement, don't expect a simple task. It entails a significant amount of physical labor, and you must be careful to retain the garage's supports so the garage doesn't fall on

How to Install a Concrete Plinth for a Shed

How to Install a Concrete Plinth for a Shed
A plinth is commonly defined as a block or slab on which a column or pedestal is based. When we discuss a plinth for a shed, we mean one of several concrete piers or small platforms that the shed rests upon. Properly built plinths will provide a soli

How to Frame a Carport to the Side of a Home

How to Frame a Carport to the Side of a Home
A carport is a structure that protects a car from the elements and provides cover to stop birds messing up your paintwork after you just cleaned the vehicle. Carports are often built from a simple wood frame with a flat roof and open sides. You can f

How to Attach a Pergola to a Facia

How to Attach a Pergola to a Facia
Building a pergola that attaches to an existing home usually requires that it be tied in to the fascia. The process is not difficult, but in order to be safe it does involve more than just a superficial connection to the fascia. Follow these steps to

Can I Build a Second House on My Lot?

Can I Build a Second House on My Lot?
There are many good reasons for building a second home on your lot without subdividing the lot. You may want a home for a parent or adult child, you may have frequent out-of-town guests, or you might want to use it as a studio or office. You could al

How to Add Value to a Home With a Sun Room on an Existing Deck

How to Add Value to a Home With a Sun Room on an Existing Deck
Enclosing a deck to make a sun room will add floor space to your home, thereby increasing its value. The benefits of encapsulating an existing deck are numerous and include low construction costs for the added room that will greatly enhance the resal

How to Make a Closed-In Carport Not Look Like an Addition

How to Make a Closed-In Carport Not Look Like an Addition
A closed-in carport is a nice luxury for keeping vehicles out of the elements. While some houses are built with an attached garage, some houses have a carport added later on, which can detract from the appearance of the house. However, an added-on ca

How to Make a Solar Panel

How to Make a Solar Panel
Solar cells convert the energy of the sun into electricity. By using items commonly found in the home or your local hardware store, you can make a solar panel to demonstrate this photoelectric effect. You can also save energy by converting some of yo

How to Add on to a Single Wide

How to Add on to a Single Wide
A single wide trailer may need a garage, storage room or sun porch attached to it for enhanced usability. A ready-made structure can be attached to a single wide trailer and easily double the trailer's space. Building your own new wall frames will gi

How to Install a Garage Door Opener in a Pre-wired House

How to Install a Garage Door Opener in a Pre-wired House
Garage door openers are a popular addition to many homes. Because of this, many builders are pre-wiring new homes to accommodate garage door openers. This makes installing an opener easier for the homeowner. When the garage is pre-wired, you eliminat

How to Make an Enclosed Room in Your Garage

How to Make an Enclosed Room in Your Garage
Want to add extra utility to your home? An enclosed room inside of a spacious garage can serve as a workshop, storage area or hobby room. These enclosed rooms in your garage add value to your property and bring extra order out of the chaos of a large

How to Install Folding Attic Stairs

How to Install Folding Attic Stairs
An attic can be used as additional storage space, but enabling easy access to it is vital for its proper use. One of the ways of achieving this is by installing folding attic stairs. These come as pre-assembled units and their installation does not r

How to Add an After-Market Residential Elevator

How to Add an After-Market Residential Elevator
Installing a home elevator is a time-, labor- and cost-intensive process but well worth it if you or a loved one have mobility issues. Before getting started, check local state laws on electrical and elevator permits. In some states required instilla

How to Estimate Insulation

How to Estimate Insulation
Estimating insulation is done by the square foot, be it spray-in or roll insulation it all can be estimated by the square foot. [SQFT] This article will cover the basics to estimating insulation by the SQFT.Things You'll Needtape measureFirst step wh

How to Wire a New Garage

How to Wire a New Garage
Wiring a garage is not a complex task, but it requires planning and concentration to avoid mistakes or needless added work. Materials for wiring are available from any hardware or home improvement store. Many items, like switch and outlet boxes, or t

How to Add a Storage Shed to an Existing Building

How to Add a Storage Shed to an Existing Building
Adding a storage shed to an existing building can free up significant amounts of space and dramatically increase usability. Sheds can be used as storage for regularly accessed supplies, such as garden tools, or for items that are rarely needed but ar

Adding on to an Existing Home Structure

Adding on to an Existing Home Structure
When you buy a house, it is most likely a house that fits your family and your finances at the time. As time goes by, however, circumstances change. Your family might get larger, either by having kids or having a relative move in. Maybe you need spac

How to Install a Storm Shelter in a Garage

How to Install a Storm Shelter in a Garage
An F-5 tornado can reduce a house to splinters and scrape the slab clean in a matter of seconds. If you plan to install a storm shelter in your garage that’s of any use, you must make sure the shelter can stand alone and in place while the house is d
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