Project Pergola

Project Pergola

Canada’s handiest man, Steve Maxwell, demonstrates how to build a great one.

At the Finish Line

At the Finish Line

Steve Maxwell’s guide to finishing outdoor wood.

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Need a New Home Heating System?

Need a New Home Heating System?

Even homeowners who heat with a wood stove often have a furnace or boiler, too. Eventually equipment like this needs to be replaced, but choosing well isn’t entirely straight forward.

Window Condensation Insights

Window Condensation Insights

Next time you're shopping for windows, you'll understand how warmer windows are about more than just saving energy.

Stop Mice from Getting in Your Cottage

Stop Mice from Getting in Your Cottage

Watch this simple trick for keeping mice from getting in under the door of seasonal buildings closed up for the winter. Fast, simple, cheap and...

How to Build a Bee Box

How to Build a Bee Box

Thirty years ago, my wife, Mary, and I cut through a rusty, tumbledown wire fence surrounding an old hay field and began turning a 90-acre piece of...

How to transform a dated kitchen with paint

How to transform a dated kitchen with paint

Old kitchen and bathroom cabinets are like bell-bottom pants: what looked good in 1977 doesn’t necessarily look so hot now. The good news is that if...

Summer Made Simple

Summer Made Simple

Oh Summer! At long last, we bask in warmth and enjoy potluck picnics…and we tackle projects that may be fanciful or practical or a bit of both. The...

Chicken Coops and Curb Appeal

Chicken Coops and Curb Appeal

Keeping up with the Joneses used to mean sinking money into an in-ground pool for the kids. Then, it evolved into man caves, flex rooms, hot tubs,...

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