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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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Adding wood chips or chunks to a charcoal fire amps up the flavor of your food, but some varieties work better than others. We talked to a chef to get the lowdown on foolproof pairings

Best Woods for Grilling

Designers' Cheat Sheet: To create a good-looking and efficient outdoor kitchen, follow these rules of thumb

Read This Before You Put In an Outdoor Kitchen

If you've got some basic skills and a couple of handy friends, you too can build a grill island like this one and create an outdoor kitchen in your backyard

How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

Comfy space carved off a back deck...for napping, reading a good book, or sharing a glass of wine with friends.

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    Nancy Rust

    I like the blue pots

Purple glass Moroccan-style lights, dappled shade from a pergola roof, lots of greenery goodness and comfy have-a-seat outdoor furniture make this a most inviting space.

Outdoor Room Ideas

We love how this kitchen connects directly with the patio for an easily accessible outdoor dining room

A Functional Kitchen Layout With Period Details

Corrugated metal sheets and pressure-treated wood make for a practical and inexpensive outdoor shower. Via Land's End Development

Land's End Development

This tiny backyard cottage was once a little schoolhouse! The owners wanted to preserve the great details, like the flared roof. They jacked up the house and made it level, replaced shingles, repaired the original windows, and installed Bermuda shutters for extra charm.

Readers' Clever Upgrade Ideas That Wowed Us IV

This upgrade of the classic family-barbecue staple features a trestle-and-slat design so handsome it will win praise even when it's not in use. Prep your favorite new entertaining fixture in time for warm weather

12 Ways to Add Outdoor Seating

Inspired by benches spotted at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, this handsome bench has a secret to hide. The open-bottomed design doubles as a sneaky compost bin.

12 Ways to Add Outdoor Seating

Create an architectural feature and the perfect outdoor reading spot by building an arbor bench like the one shown here

12 Ways to Add Outdoor Seating

Create a perch—or several—for admiring your landscaping handiwork! Here are 12 outdoor seats to improve your yard appeal and increase your capacity for entertaining.

12 Ways to Add Outdoor Seating

Add lighting inside your chicken coop: Egg production tapers off when hens don't catch enough rays. Just be sure to select bulbs that cast a warm glow—as the chandelier shown here does—since bluish-white light won't trigger laying.

10 Ways to Build a Better Chicken Coop

Install vents in your chicken coop: Chickens get sick if the air inside their coop doesn't circulate. The screened-in gap between the walls and slanted roof of this coop lets hot air escape without causing a draft in the sleeping quarters below.

10 Ways to Build a Better Chicken Coop

Erect a green screen in spring: Plants need time to green up before you start lounging on the deck or porch this summer. Start with a premade trellis, which comes in a variety of sizes in cedar or rust-resistant metal.

12 Spring Fix-Ups That Save You Money

Build a new garden path with old, recycled pavers via Hometalk

My New Garden Path

Think convenience with your chicken coop: Keep in mind that chickens need fresh food and water daily and their quarters need cleaning regularly. A walk-in design makes scrubbing down the coop's interior less of a chore, while built-in storage and even a rain-collection system can save time. This walk-in setup includes a well-sealed metal trash can, perfect for stashing feed.

10 Ways to Build a Better Chicken Coop

No chicken coop is complete without nesting boxes and roosting perches. Here, sturdy wicker baskets padded with straw serve as cozy places for hens to lay their eggs, while a wood closet rod acts as a perch for sleeping. Colorful paintings hung on the wall make egg collecting that much more fun.

10 Ways to Build a Better Chicken Coop

Repair and green up pathways in spring: Winter's freeze-thaw cycle can cause loose joints and cockeyed pavers, so reset and replenish them before one of your garden party guests takes a tumble.

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