Outdoor Living Ideas and Projects

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An outdoor grill station built around a komodo-style grill.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Build an Outdoor Grill Station


Difficulty Intermediate
Time 2-4 hours

Build an outdoor grill station to house your Kamado-style grill and grilling supplies

A woman uses a leaf blower in her front yard.
INSPIRATION GUIDE

Five Uses For Leaves From Your Lawn


Make the most out of fallen leaves.

A wood gazebo in a garden.
INSPIRATION GUIDE

Gazebo Ideas


Discover lovely outdoor structure ideas for your backyard

Children playing on a disc swing.
INSPIRATION GUIDE

Backyard Ideas for Kids


Create a fun backyard of any size to promote kids’ physical, social and emotional development

Water drains from a downspout into an uncovered rain barrel.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Use a Rain Barrel


Difficulty Beginner
Time 2-4 hours

Build your own rain barrel to collect water for irrigating your garden and other uses

Blooming shrub in front of a home.
INSPIRATION GUIDE

6 Ways to Enjoy Your Flower Garden More


Enjoy your flower garden more all season with these simple ways to get more with less.

Assorted vegetables cook on a grill.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Grill Vegetables


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Add flavor to your cookout with these tips for tasty vegetarian options

Light up your deck with these simple ideas.
INSPIRATION GUIDE

Ideas for Lighting Up Your Deck


Make the most of your outdoor spaces with these ways to light your deck for entertaining

Planning a Fence
INSPIRATION GUIDE

How to Plan a Fence


Before you build, first consider whether your fence is for security or curb appeal

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PROJECT GUIDE

How to Build a Picnic Table


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Show off your DIY skills by building your own picnic table for endless outdoor fun

A spacious deck made of wood complete with lighting and patio furniture.
INSPIRATION GUIDE

How to Plan a Deck


Building a deck brings more outdoor living space and can increase your home's value
a beautiful deck made with pressure-treated wood
BUYING GUIDE

Benefits of Pressure-Treated Wood


Extend the useful lifespan of your outdoor projects with lumber treated to resist rot
Building a Wire Fence
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Build a Wire Fence


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

For a functional fence that goes up quickly, build a wire fence with wood or metal posts
Installing Wood Fence Rails
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Install Split Rail Fence


Difficulty Beginner
Time 2-4 hours

This guide will teach you the basics on installing wood fence rails
Materials for Building Fences and Gates
BUYING GUIDE

Best Fence and Gate Material for Your Project


Prepare to build your fence by learning all about fencing and gate material
An outdoor deck
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Estimate Deck Materials


Difficulty Advanced
Time Over 1 day

Use our materials calculator for an accurate assessment
Minor Sidewalk Repairs
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Repair Concrete


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Make minor sidewalk repairs before they grow into potentially unsafe conditions
Person wearing garden gloves planting an edible plant in a raised garden bed
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Build Raised Garden Beds


Difficulty Beginner
Time 2-4 hours

Grow fresh, convenient edibles in a raised garden bed in your own yard
a person screws a bulb into an outdoor floodlight with a motion sensor
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Install a Motion Sensor Light


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Under 2 hours

Add safety & security to your home with an outdoor motion sensor light
Best Decking Pattern and Design
PROJECT GUIDE

Deck Design Ideas


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Choose a design that creates interesting visual effects for your outdoor space
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PROJECT GUIDE

How to Build Fence Sections


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Save money on your fencing project by building your own fence sections
Clean outdoor furniture on a patio.
INSPIRATION GUIDE

How to Clean and Store Outdoor Furniture


Fall and winter bring wet weather and cold temperatures that can be hard on your lawn furniture
A small backyard patio featuring a loveseat, umbrella and outdoor coffee table.
INSPIRATION GUIDE

Backyard Ideas on a Budget


Create the outdoor haven of your dreams without breaking the bank
Turn your backyard into a barbecue with a smoker
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Use a Smoker


Difficulty Intermediate
Time 2-4 hours

Turn your backyard into a barbeque with a smoker
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