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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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Looking for a rocking chair or a dining table for your deck or patio? Save money by shopping your attic or basement and giving pieces you already own a weather-resistant finish. Here's how to prep different materials for a new life outdoors.

How to Weatherproof Furniture

How to add a touch of Zen to your patio or garden that's as pleasing and compact as it is easy to care for.

How to Make a Lily Pond

Use folding wood panels to build a privacy screen that will dress up your landscape and block out its less appealing aspects

How to Build an Outdoor Privacy Screen

Outdoor planters coated with glow-in-the-dark paint create instant night lighting in this backyard escape.

Coat planters with glow-in-the-dark paint for instant night lighting

A side portion of this rebuilt front porch is screened to allow the homeowners to enjoy insect-free summer evenings alfresco. The porch ceiling is painted a traditional blue.

Room at the Top for a Classic American Foursquare

A glass-framed fireplace anchors this warm and cozy patio on Fidalgo Island, Washington while allowing for unobstructed water views. | Photo: Laurie Black

50+ Beachy Porches and Patios

Add fabric panels to an arbor to create your own personal cabana. Low to the ground, lounge-like furniture covered in sumptuous outdoor fabrics and large floor cushions add to the zen, relaxed vibe of a poolside cabana.

Cabana Cool

The flickering glow from candles housed in hanging mason jars draw guests like moths to this backyard pergola.

Night Lights

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.

  • Nancy Rust
    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
  • Lonna Rakovec
    Lonna Rakovec

    That is gorgeous

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