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Outdoor Living

Creative ideas and cool products to help you turn your yard into an inviting oasis for family fun and festive gatherings.

Outdoor Living

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Elevate potted plants: Place containers on stands to let air circulate below and reduce the chance of rot on wood decks and porches.

6 Quick Fixes for March

This pool-side patio is especially stunning when its wisteria-covered pergola is in full bloom.

Cool Down With Color < 25 Ways to Create an Outdoor Oasis

Prop up your chicken coop: Elevating the nesting area's floor 2 to 3 feet off the ground keeps the flock's feet dry during wet weather.

10 Ways to Build a Better Chicken Coop

Bold, striped awnings shield from the afternoon sun, and iron chairs outfitted in complementary cushions invite guests to have a seat.

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What a fabulous way to spend a hot summer's eve. And it couldn't come too soon!

27 Things That Definitely Belong In Your Dream Home

Now that's a porch! From

Portfolio - The Porch Company

From, the perfect deck design to complement this homeowner's Arts & Crafts Style home.

Family Room Additions using Arts and Crafts Style by Landmark Services

Create the ultimate outdoor fireplace setting with this design made from Cast Veneer Stone | Via

Ideas for Hardscaping : HGTV Gardens
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Converting an old outbuilding into a chicken coop is sometimes easier than starting from scratch. Before this structure was a coop, it was a playhouse for kids. If you go the salvage route, however, safeguard the health of your chickens by steering clear of lumber that's coated with lead paint or preserved with harmful chemicals.

10 Ways to Build a Better Chicken Coop

To safeguard a flock of chickens in your own backyard, make sure their coop is up to snuff. You'll need a 4-by-8 foot screened-in run and a 4-by-4 foot critter-proof coop for up to three hens—although the more room, the better. Ready-made chicken housing is easy to find, but it's a lot more fun to make your own. Here's what experts recommend to keep your feathered friends in fine fettle.

10 Ways to Build a Better Chicken Coop

If you're longing for spring, check out the more than 50 amazing outdoor fireplace designs and outdoor living spaces collected by

53 Most amazing outdoor fireplace designs ever
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    Krisztina Patalenszki

    Nagyon tetszik!

This 40-square-foot kitchen jewel-box bumpout addition features a copper roof, windows on three sides, and original brick that Tom Silva salvaged and reused. | Photo: Anthony Tieuli

How a pergola can take a patio from ho hum to perfection. See more with tutorials here.

How To Build The Perfect Pergola! | The Garden Glove

Plotting a landscape makeover for 2015? If they can do it, you can do it! From poolside fireplace installations to rehabbed storm-ravaged yards, these 25 DIYers wowed us by turning dirt into dreamscapes. Find inspiration to improve your own yard and garden next year.

Best Yard Before and Afters 2014

Check out this backyard fire pit and covered patio at, and submit your own project for a chance to have it featured on a Times Square billboard and win $10,000!

Your Big Finish | Home Renovation Contest | BLACK+DECKER

From Design Sponge, an attractive and useful cinder block planter/bar that you can make with their instructions for under $50.

before & after: cinder block planter bar | Design*Sponge

The rusty iron urns, graying wooden trellises, weathered granite birdbaths, and crumbling terra-cotta statuary you find at salvage yards are prized for signs of age. Flaking paint and stress fractures from years of exposure to the elements help such ornaments blend with all but the most modern landscape designs. "It doesn't fit in the garden if it's shiny," says TOH landscape contractor Roger Cook. "You want garden elements to look like they've been there forever." | Photo: Keller & Keller

Salvage Yard Treasure Hunt

Do you dream of an outdoor sleeping porch?

A Walk in the Countryside: Sleeping Porches
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    Sandy Daughtry Holloway

    Yes, I do.

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    Gislene Sales

    I like it very much!!!!!!! Peace.

When planning a space, think about all the angles people will view it. Thoughtful touches, like the brick design on this stunning Brooklyn patio made more magnificent when seen from above, are small details that give you a lot of design credit. | via Design Meet Style

Design Meet Style

This coastal yard was completely barren except for an old, weathered boardwalk of a deck before its homeowner added a retaining wall, and gravel and slate patio for entertaining. Could you have imagined it thus?

Best Yard Before and Afters 2014

Using just a shovel, level, and tape measure, this homeowner tore out rotted railroad ties and replaced them with terraced landscape blocks to create a step-down from his sloped yard to his house.

Best Yard Before and Afters 2014

Flagstone stepping-stones leading to the driveway provide an easier-to-navigate surface in a crushed-stone patio. | Photo: | John Gruen

A Private and Inviting Front Yard

Covering the patio and adding an outdoor fireplace gave this couple an outdoor room where they could relax and entertain in their rainy Washington State backyard.

Best Yard Before and Afters 2014

From water-needy lawn to drought-friendly entertaining space. Check out the before & after of this now-lovely California backyard. Here.

Best Yard Before and Afters 2014

Adding a pergola off the back of this home created three separate areas; one for eating, one for lounging or reading, and another by the fire pit.

Best Yard Before and Afters 2014