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    39 Budget-Wise Ways to Create Outdoor Rooms

    Transform an ordinary outdoor space into an open-air living room that adds value and comfort to your home year-round
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    Decks Taking your deck from dull to dramatic can be as simple as integrating colors, materials, furnishings, and plantings that smooth the transition from indoors to out.

    Bench Border If your deck is low enough not to require a railing, build a bench around the perimeter to provide seating and a sense of enclosure.This bench wraps two sides of the deck, but you could build a smaller version on just one side using leftover deck boards for the seat and pressure-treated 26s (about $5 for an 8-foot board; at home centers) for the supporting structure.

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