The best place to try your hand at a do-it-yourself project is outdoors: it's more casual, forgiving, and if you succeed -- the rewards are immediate. We've researched plans and projects that take anywhere from a weekend to a couple months or more, depending on your level of expertise, the number of people working on the project, and the amount of time per day in which you invest. Projects include outdoor benches, children's playhouses and treehouses and wood decks.
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Bask in the glory of being the hero or heroine of your household when you follow through with one of these plans for a backyard playhouse. Designs are for a range of skills -- from beginning to advanced -- and include a Disneyland-inspired jungle cruise playhouse (OK, the person for this is now charging $, but it gets rave reviews), a British Wendy house, a Colonial, and a historic gingerbread from the Library of Congress.
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Hopefully, this collection of free deck plans will help you to define the type of deck you want to build, along with many of its potential design elements. Plans include a freestanding dek from the California Redwood Association, a deck for an above-ground pool from Popular Mechanics and a deck to construct over an existing patio or slab of concrete.
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