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Matt Blashaw

25 How-Tos From Matt Blashaw

  1. 1. How to Create a Mosaic Patio

    Using stone, pebbles, decomposed granite and dry mortar, you can build a patio surface that's uniquely yours.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $1000 to $2500
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  2. 2. How to Make a Concrete Fire Feature

    Instead of throwing out an old fire pit, reuse the metal bowl. By creating a square concrete frame and filling it with gravel, you can ...

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $250 to $500
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  3. 3. How to Build a Custom Sandbox

    Kids outgrow swingsets and climbing structures over time, but this sandbox will give them years of imaginative play.

    Time:
    Under Half Day
    Cost:
    $100 to $250
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  4. 4. How to Build a Boulder Bench

    Don't worry about a high wind tipping over this custom seating: Any breeze that could move this boulder-attached bench would probably d...

    Time:
    Under Half Day
    Cost:
    $100 to $250
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  5. 5. How to Build a Freestanding Arbor Swing

    A freestanding arbor frame can support a store-bought swing or the custom model below.

    Time:
    Two Days
    Cost:
    $250 to $500
    Difficulty:
    Moderate to Hard
  6. 6. How To Create a Stained Concrete Patio

    Learn how to make a custom concrete patio with a rock-salt finish.

    Time:
    Several Weekends
    Cost:
    $5000 to $10000
    Difficulty:
    Moderate to Hard
  7. 7. How to Accessorize a Patio

    A few extra touches can take a new patio to another level.

    Cost:
    $0 to $0
  8. 8. How to Create Sunken Walkway Planters

    Half-sunken containers add height and interest to a garden bed.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $50 to $100
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  9. 9. How to Make Over a Flower Bed

    Uproot messy plants and replace them with a fun variety of plants boxed in by a formal mini-hedge.

    Time:
    Under Half Day
    Cost:
    $100 to $250
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  10. 10. How To Lay New Sod

    A quick fix to a dead landscape is instant green sod. Just a few rolls make a vibrant green carpet.

    Time:
    Several Weekends
    Cost:
    $500 to $1000
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
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About Matt Blashaw

Matt Blashaw

Licensed contractor Matt Blashaw has been honing his handyman skills since he was a teenager working at his father's lumberyard.

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