Outdoor Living Archive

I’m 40 now, and I still remember our childhood playhouse with great fondness. There’s something almost right-of-passage about a kid having a playhouse. It’s like going down the rabbithole, you know? No grown-ups allowed! One of my dearest friends...
Tents and pavilions are a way of adding interest and function to an outdoor space. At this time of year, maybe you’re thinking about taking things inside just because the warmer weather of summer is long-gone by now. But,...
Right – back on track with our patio remodel budget series! Once again, the launch of our Find It. Keep It. program sidetracked me last week on the next installment of the series. The upshot though was that some...
Lately, here in Vancouver BC where this post is being written, the weather has been very appropriately spring-like. It doesn’t always work out this way at this time of year, so when it does it’s noticeable! As the climate...
Well, last week was a doozy, what with the launch of the first episode of  BuildDirect’s Big Idea. I was (and AM) pretty involved with that, so I missed publishing last week’s installment of our Patio Remodel series. So,...
Daylight savings time has blessed us with longer, sunnier days. And bleak winter is about to blossom into glorious spring! So what better time is there to talk about how you want to redefine your outdoor living space this...
Fewer people are wearing watches these days, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones. But what happens when your battery dies while you’re out in the garden? Oh no! But wait – there’s a sundial. You’re saved! OK, sundials may...
While most backyard sheds are a bit mundane, there are some people that have put as much thought into their garden sheds as the garden itself. In celebration of these creative folks, we’ve compiled a gallery of some of...