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Tumbled block pavers create a fire pit and patio walls in this made-for-entertaining patio.

A hide-away outdoor kitchen!

Install an owl box for natural pest control and great bird watching.

Not all above-ground pools are created equal!

Cool flip-down cup holders in six-foot porch swing. Available in a bunch of colored stains. About $400 from ATG stores.

Before the outdoor entertaining season gets into full swing, it's a good idea to run through your deck through our safety checklist to make sure you'll be on solid footing.

Even if you don't do much outdoor entertaining, it's still lovely to have a spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon lemonade. Choose a weather-resistant material and have enough seating to accommodate a few drop-in guests.

Follow every step of this DIYers backyard pergola and patio—made with salvaged pavers—on his blog, ittybittybungalow.wordpress.com

Murphy Bed-style picnic table that packs away when not in use. Clever!

Custom entry pergola that accents the entryway while affording climbing plants the opportunity to flourish. Via Walpole Outdoors.

Place scraps of yarn in a suet feeder and birds will use them to make their nests.

Decorative metal sheets added to a pergola lend a Moroccan vibe to this patio.

A semi-circular pergola off the back of this house by SuCasa Designs creates a relaxing place to enjoy the outdoors.

Learn how to build a beautiful circular patio that features a chill-chasing fire pit with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.

At the 1982 Arlington house, the crew built an architectural enclosure for a hot tub that gives the homeowners some privacy as well as viewing pleasure when they're not soaking. Outdoor living areas and focal points like this one break up a ho-hum lawn into useful and enjoyable spaces.

A folding patio door retracts to seamlessly connect this compact kitchen to an outdoor dining area.

Cut the evening chill and add a flickering glow to your surroundings with a low-profile gas fireplace; no chimney needed. Outdoors, vent-free units have no Btu restrictions or oxygen-depletion sensors. Similar to shown: Al Fresco 36-inch vent-free fireplace, 60,000-Btu output (maximum), $2,278; optional bifold glass doors, $324; Majestic Products

Rustic birdhouse row. So fun.

See how these homeowners transformed an overgrown lot with a generous deck and an open-air structure to become a three-season entertaining space

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Outdoor Room Ambience: Globe String Lights! | The Garden Glove

15 Gorgeous Curb Appeal Projects to Fancy up Your Front Yard.

Sweet bird condos!

A sunny nook framed in stone + shower head = fabulous outdoor shower!

A hanging daybed covered in colorful pillows and a quilt is a big draw in this backyard retreat. See the rest of it here.