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How to Build a Backyard Retreat

Paul Ryan, host of Weekend Handyman, demonstrates how to build a backyard retreat. This 8' x 10' getaway cottage comes in a kit that can be used for a relaxing escape, an art studio or a playhouse for the kids.

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