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    Douglas Larson of Salt Lake City turned a falling-apart trampoline pit into a fabulous outdoor lounge. See how here.

    The weather is cooling down. 'Tis the season for fire pits. See 7 amazing ones we love via The Snug

    Using pillars and sandstone caps salvaged from a house that had been demolished, sandstones from a city sidewalk replacement and river stones from their stream, this couple built a pergola for a fraction of the cost most people would spend. See their story here.

    Side-by-side porch swings!

    The Cinder Cone in Skamania County, Washington.In the spring of 2014, Foster Huntington and a small group of friends broke ground on this property in the Columbia River Gorge. A year later, they finished construction on two treehouses, a wood burning tub, and a bowl for skating. Here’s a film about the build, directed by Foster: There’s also a book in the works.

    You guys. Here's the Chicken Coop Checklist to end all Chicken Coop Checklists. via Jane @ Mom with a PREP

    Cast a wide glow over your outdoor party with this copper-finished steel fixture that has an old-world look. Find it at Lamps Plus

    This wood-burning steel outdoor fireplace offers easy setup, so you can start enjoying it fast. Find it at The Home Depot

    #palletDIY: 3 outdoor seating ideas anyone can build. Pallet Love Seat: This gorgeous piece was a really easy build. Get the full how-to VIA Funky Junk Interiors

    A little summer humor from the newest TOH Toon!

    Concentrated streams of water gushing from one level to the next into open pools make a forceful sound, like that of a pot filler—distracting for some, meditative for others. Leapfrogging basin-to-basin leaves the water vulnerable to wind gusts, so maintaining the level can be a bit of a chore.

    Check out this nifty grill that can serve as a fire pit and table, too, from

    Show everyone who the master of the grill is with these clever tricks--from brick-flattened chicken to the paper-egg-carton firestarter technique.

    How would you like to cool off in your own personal dumpster pool? This one's by artist Louisa Dawson.

    This classic Americana-style picnic table, with its X-shaped legs and separate benches, is roomy enough for six adults. It's rated Easy as a DIY project and should cost you about $250 for the cedar and take about two days to build with our instructions.

    Garden arbor made of rough-hewn logs via

    Use colored glass to get your fire pit glowing: Put lava rock on the embers, then a mesh screen, and top with colorful fire glass from The Custom Fire Place (thecustomfireplac...) for a glittery flame with some extra special sparkle.

    Have more fun around the campfire with these handy hacks.

    Building this lovely Water Wall Fountain isn't a job for novice DIYers. But if you can handle a table saw, the instructions from The Interior Frugalista should be easy enough to follow. And how great is this?

    As an alternative to a freestanding pergola, this slatted ceiling covers an open deck, using mature, sturdy tree trunks as supports.

    Fire-pit trick for your next backyard party: Stop mosquitoes from annoying you by throwing a couple sage sticks into the flames. You'll like the scent, but the mosquitoes will bug out.

    This nylon parachute silk blanket has corner pockets that you can stake down or fill with sand or rocks to keep the blanket from flying away.Grand Trunk Parasheet (about $40 at L.L. Bean).

    Planning a cookout? Turn off the sprinklers. Avoid a soggy lawn by tapering off watering two to three days before hosting a backyard party.

    The ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent Patio Lantern (about $20 at The Home Depot) keeps mosquitoes, no-see-ums and black flies away within a 225-square-foot area. The lantern runs on batteries, so there's no worry about having to plug them in.

    Perfect for outdoor entertaining or a day at the beach, the 72-ounce AUTOSEAL Pitcher Set (about $30 at Contigo) automatically seals itself after you use it, so even if it falls over, it won't spill—and also keeps bugs out. The BPA-free pitcher also comes with an ice core and an infuser stick.