How to Create a DIY Patio with Quikrete WalkMaker

If you want a patio, but don’t want to pour a concrete slab, use Quikrete WalkMaker as a DIY-friendly solution. 

Creating an outdoor living space has never been more popular. But if your home lacks the basics and you have a limited budget, you can always go the do-it-yourself route. In this case, start with a DIY patio.

Many homeowners pour a concrete slab or install a paver patio. While both projects produce beautiful results, they may be too advanced for novice DIYers.

Here’s an easier alternative: build a small concrete patio using manufactured forms! Anyone can pour concrete mix into plastic forms and, little by little, create a space for recreation.  

Read on to learn just how simple it is!

Making concrete pathway with Quikrete WalkMaker
Quikrete WalkMaker is a plastic form that makes creating concrete walkways easy. But you can use the tool to create a patio, too. 

About Quikrete WalkMaker

Quikrete’s WalkMaker forms help homeowners easily create pathways. Each plastic form creates an approximately 2-square-foot section using one 80-pound bag of premixed concrete.

Shoveling concrete mix into forms is a simple, DIY-friendly project — anybody can do it! You can create customized walkways that look like brick or natural stone, with the

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Do-It-Yourself Home Improvements Increase During COVID-19

More and more homeowners are tackling home improvement projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 2020 — Home and garden centers, along with building materials suppliers and hardware stores, have seen a year-over-year sales increase of 22.6 percent, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau report.

Home improvement stores are leading in all retail categories except for online purchases — a trend that began during the COVID-19 pandemic, as more homeowners tackled do-it-yourself projects.

Particularly surprising is the number of homeowners who start home improvement projects without creating a budget.

Modernize, a company that connects homeowners with contractors and other home services professionals, recently conducted a homeowner sentiment report. Data reflect 3,000 consumer and trade surveys taken in late 2019 and early 2020.

Results, which are based on survey responses from over 12,300 homeowners, show:

  • 79% of homeowners don’t budget for their project. This represents an increase from 75% in 2019
  • 89% of homeowners tackling a solar panel project reported having no upfront budget
  • 75% of homeowners said they would finance part of their project.
  • 30% of respondents said they would borrow the project’s entire cost — an increase from the 23% of homeowners who planned to finance their entire
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Creating a Nursery (and 8 Other Great Home Improvements)

Over nine-and-a-half years, Chelsea made major interior and exterior improvements to her first home. Some, such as creating a nursery, were out of necessity. Others, like adding trim, were purely decorative.

Here are Chelsea’s nine favorite projects that she tackled and featured on her blog, Checking In With Chelsea.


1. Lucy’s Nursery

When Chelsea learned she was having another girl, Lucy, she decided to paint the nursery soft pink — something she didn’t do for her first girl, Mary Helen. Pink is Chelsea’s favorite color, though, so now was the time!

She also considered the room’s small size and realized that wasn’t the only thing she wanted to do differently this go ’round. She purchased multifunctional furniture from Facebook Marketplace to eliminate unnecessary furniture she placed in her boy Gus’ nursery.  

Along with an accent wall and new window treatments, this room was fit for her princess.

Read more about Chelsea’s girl nursery >>


Chelsea Lipford Wolf's workshop, featuring a work table, painted concrete rug, pegboard and pink cabinets and a workbench.

2. Workshop

When you don’t use your garage to park a car, and you often tackle home improvements, it’s time to consider alternative uses for that valuable space.

For Chelsea, the answer was a dream workshop where she could store all her tools and get

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2-10 Home Buyers Warranty Review (2020)

Read our 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty review to learn about the company’s coverage, cost, customer reviews and other features. Compare quotes between providers. | Photo Credit: Shutterstock © Nature's Charm

Home warranties provide peace of mind when an appliance or system breaks down. Instead of facing a costly bill, homeowners pay the service fee and a monthly premium to a contract provider. 

It’s a low-cost, high-reward scenario — as long as you find the right company. There are many home warranty providers across the country, but they’re not all equal in terms of offerings and quality of service. We’ve evaluated the best home warranty companies on metrics like plan options, coverage, cost, customer ratings and other factors to provide an unbiased recommendation.

Below, we’ll provide a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty review. We’ll also explain an alternative option that might be a better fit for most homeowners. In general, we think it’s a smart approach to get quotes from several providers and compare. 

In This Article:

Today’s Homeowner works with an independent reviews team to create evidence-based research that helps our readers make informed decisions. The reviews are always independent. For transparency, we may be compensated if you purchase through a

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How Interior Design Has Evolved: From 1950 to 2020

Throughout the decades, home design has evolved to meet each household’s unique needs and style. (DepositPhotos)

Interior design has always evolved to meet homeowners’ needs and preferences. Sometimes, those changes have been rapid, with drastic shifts happening each decade.

This has been the case for the evolution of home interiors from 1950 to 2020, in particular, as reflected in an article from RentCafe.

Here are some of the trends, from past to present:

Mid-century living room with 1950s-era interior design including a macrame wall hanging, area rug, side chairs and retro sofa
The living room used to handle multiple purposes, before creation of the den / family room / rumpus room.

Introducing the Family Room

The modern living room in single-family homes has resulted from shifting preferences toward having dedicated spaces for various activities.

While in the 1950s, most homes had a central living room, more and more families wanted “an alternative gathering space, commonly called a ‘family room’ or a ‘den’ (or even a ‘rumpus room’),” according to Kristina Wilson, a professor of Art History at Clark University.

The post-World War II era brought futuristic designs that featured Scandinavian color schemes inspired by nature, particularly earth tones such as brown, cream, green and gray. Low-profile sofas with clean lines and curved furniture were especially popular.


1960's television set on a shelf in a living room with dated wallpaper
The television
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Installing Tile Outside on a Concrete Porch or Patio

Here are some tips to consider when installing tile on a concrete slab outdoors, such as on a porch or patio.

When installing tile outside:

  • Choose a tile with a slip resistant surface that’s rated for outdoor use.
  • Porcelain tile is more durable and absorbs water less than ceramic tile.
  • Clean the concrete slab thoroughly before laying tile.
  • Apply a waterproofing membrane, such as RedGard, to the slab before tiling.
  • Use a polymer-modified, dry-set mortar adhesive that’s rated for outdoor use.
  • Cover the slab completely with the tile adhesive, and apply it to the back of the tiles as well.
  • Choose a grout that resists stains and fading.
Installing tile outdoors on a concrete patio.
Installing tile outdoors on a concrete patio.

Watch this video to find out more.

Further Information

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
Danny Lipford: Often, people want to cover a concrete patio or porch with tile and need to know how that differs from indoor tile installation.

For starters, moisture and cracking are bigger concerns outside, so you need to apply a waterproofing and crack-isolating membrane to the slab before you begin. This RedGard goes on pink and turns red when it’s dry.

To secure the tiles, use a polymer-modified, dry-set mortar that is rated for

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