Use Your House Look at the lines of your home -- it might give you the perfect spot to place a deck (and make mowing or other yard-maintenance chores easier to boot). This deck-and-pergola combination, for example, is a perfect solution for an odd space.
DIY Outdoor Solar Light Display : 2 fence posts + 4 solar outdoor lights + 8 extra long screws + an long scrap of treated x wood. great idea for the deck or patio! Would probably use nicer solar lights!
On a tight budget? This has been achieved with a recycled timber, some breeze blocks a lick of paint. The trick to the style is to stick to a limited colour palette which brings harmony - but also a great contrast in the textures of the materials.