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The combination of new materials with architectural salvage and garage-sale finds creates this truly one-of-a-kind and low-cost patio.

Budget-Friendly Ideas for Outdoor Rooms

This industrious homeowner created a shaded patio in his side yard. Made from salvaged slate tiles and accented with garage-sale finds, the new patio is a perfect private getaway filled with personal style.

These amazingly inventive backyard playhouses are inspiring to the young (and the young at heart).

Perfect backyard playhouses

There's a bunch of photos here of perfect backyard playhouses! These amazingly inventive backyard playhouses are inspiring to the young (and the young at heart).

Try these ideas to turn your backyard into a relaxing outdoor oasis.

10 Ways to Create a Backyard Getaway

Like the Spanish Mission style, the raised pool, the gate in the wall, the rustic pergola. Would be good for a corner lot, entry courtyard for house on a busy street or a backyard that backs up to a green space walking trail; creates a private space.

A backyard patio can be so much more than a slab of concrete.

How to Install a Flagstone Paver Patio

Let nature take center stage with a simple patio design. Flagstone-look pavers lend natural style to this patio at an affordable price. A simple cinderblock retaining wall and shrubs around the patio's perimeter look like an extension of the landscape.

Add interest overhead and extend your outdoor space’s usable hours by hanging sconces over the dining table.

17 Great Ideas for Better Outdoor Living

No matter your budget, there are plenty of ways to make an outdoor space pretty, practical and even more enjoyable.

Give your child a birthday party to remember with a host of fun, energetic outdoor games.

Fun Outdoor Games for Kids Birthday Parties

This party game is F-U-N! Engage kids with this challenging outdoor spelling game. For a game set, purchase a sheet of Masonite from a home improvement store.

Perk up your outdoor space with pavers.

How to Install a Paver Patio

With the right materials and proper foundation, you can install a paver patio in a day. We& show you the best way to do it, plus provide a few expert tips along the way.

Turn your deck into a private, relaxing retreat with these simple tips.

13 Tips to Make Your Deck More Private

There are a ton of ways you can make your deck more private in your backyard. We love the use of things like privacy fences, nature, and canopies to create a secluded outdoor retreat.

Pretty yet practical, porch swings are a fun addition to any outdoor area.

Porch Design Ideas

Whether you're looking to entertain, dine, or just relax, these porch design ideas are guaranteed to inspire your space. From screened-in porches to backyard porches -- and everything in between -- get ready to enjoy the outdoors in style.

The method described in this article is for a square patio, but the process can be used to make any rectilinear shape.

How to Build a Sand-Based Patio

How to Build a Sand-Based Patio Building a patio is well within the skill level of the average homeowner. This patio is designed for pavers not mortared in place; the options on the last page offer alternative ways to finish the patio.

If you need to hide any unpleasant pieces in your yard, this screen is the perfect solution.

Add Privacy Outdoors with Easy-Up Screens, Curtains & More

Hot, spicy, smoky ... no, I'm not referring to a nightclub from your party days!

11 Grown-Up Ways to Enjoy Tequila

Tequila isn't just for margaritas! Try it in favorite happy hour cocktail recipes. From Bloody Marys with a kick to spiked watermelon bites and spicy tequila Popsicles, there's a refreshing recipe for everyone (over

Locate sitting areas so they provide a clear view of your yard's longest dimension.

Make the Most of a Small Backyard

These remedies will help remove stains on wooden decks or porches.

How to Remove Stains on Decks & Porches

Weather, pets, messy eaters, and landscaping conspire to make decks and porches lose their good looks. Here's help for removing specific stains.

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