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Layout is the key to a good wallpapering job. Paying attention to the order in which the paper goes up ensures that your pattern will stay well-matched and look straight.

The Best Techniques for Hanging Wallpaper

The measurements and pieces you will need to build a copper garden trellis

How to Build a Copper Trellis

Use factory-made lattice panels to simplify construction of a backyard privacy screen

How to Build an Outdoor Privacy Screen

Here's our overview diagram of how to build a garden gate. Size your gate to the width of your path, allowing room for the postholes on either side. Our gate is unusually wide, at four feet, but you can easily adapt the cut list to a narrower size by adjusting the width of the horizontal pieces.

How to Build a Garden Gate

Use this diagram to help plan out the parts involved in building a living wall vertical garden

How to Build a Living Wall Vertical Garden

In this garden plan, sandstone paths loop through the 30-by-40-foot area, defining beds of cottage-style plantings and widening into a patio. The fence, arbors, and pergola offer ample privacy, while the roses that cover them add color and fragrance.

From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

These are the parts you'll need to build a shelf 39 inches wide by 17¾ inches high by 10 inches deep

How to Build a Wall Cubby Shelf

What you need to edge a garden bed with bricks

How to Edge a Garden Bed With Brick

Anatomy of a tin tile ceiling: A metal ceiling is actually a system of closely matched components. | Field Panels: Cover the center of the ceiling. | Filler: Creates a low-profile border around field panels. | Cornice: Marks the transition from ceiling to wall.

All About Tin Ceilings

Permanent roots anchor a tree to the ground, while temporary feeder roots carry water and nutrients to limbs, branches, and leaves. At maturity, a well-shaped tree has a balanced canopy and a single strong leader. | Illustration: Rodica Prato

All About Shade Trees

As with any stone, soapstone needs a lot of support underneath it—the more surface area it rests on, the better. Gaps and voids underneath one section could put undue stress on the stone. So the first task in any soapstone countertop installation is lining up the cabinets so all the tops are even and the stone can lay flat without rocking.

How to Install a Soapstone Countertop

Diagram of what you will need to install a secret swinging door.

How to Build a Hidden Door

In tufted carpeting, yarn is machine-punched through a backing (usually polypropylene) to create rows of loops, which are snipped or kept intact, depending on the style. A second backing (usually polypropylene) is glued on for stability. | Illustration: Joe McKendry

All About Wall-to-Wall Carpeting

The parts you'll need to build your own butcher-block island

How to Build a Butcher-Block Island

How to select and care for a front door that's right for your home's style—and your budget. | Photo: Thomas Northcut/Getty Images

All About Wood Entry Doors

The industrial-look base of this dining table is made from ¾-inch gas pipe and coordinating elbows, tees, and flanges, all from the home center.

How to Build a Table from Salvaged Beams

This is how a pellet stove works. Pellets are automatically fed from a storage hopper into a burn pot, creating a constant flame that needs no tending. | Illustration: Joe McKendry

All About Pellet Stoves

We designed this rolling ladder to reach an 8 1/2-foot-tall shelf (on a 10-foot-high bookcase) in the climbing position. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

How to Build a Rolling Library Ladder

Vent-free units have no flue, so they can be installed anywhere—even hung on a wall like a flat-screen TV. They're up to 99 percent efficient because all their heat stays in the room—as do all the pollutants. | Illustration: Rodica Prato

All About Gas Fireplaces

A gas fireplace doesn't produce smoke or odors, but its flames do create pollutants, such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen and sulfur oxides. Vented fireplaces send these emissions outside, while vent-free ones direct them into your living quarters. | Illustration: Rodica Prato

All About Gas Fireplaces

A combo of both cut and loop carpet piles, the variation in texture creates a pattern on the surface that helps disguise wear and dirt, so it's a good choice for high-traffic rooms. The pile can be of the same height, or a mix of high and low to create more visual interest. | Illustration: Joe McKendry

All About Wall-to-Wall Carpeting

Before you buy, get familiar garage-door speak and know what to look for.

All About Garage Doors

Everything you will need to build and hang a sliding barn door | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

How to Build a Sliding Barn Door

The math is simple: Figure the square footage of the space you wish to plant, then use our chart to determine the quantity of a specific bulb you'll need per square foot. Adjust quantities based on the size of your bulbs. Generally, top-size tulip bulbs are 12cm or larger in circumference; daffodils at least 16cm. So, for example, to plant a 10-square-foot bed with large tulip bulbs, multiply 10 × 6 for a total of 60 bulbs. Think of it as A (area) × B (bulbs) = C (color). |

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Flower Bulbs

What you will need to construct a coffered ceiling | Illustration: Joe McKendry

12 DIY Projects to Add Old-House Charm