Patios 156 Stories

Simple Pleasures: Savor a Starry Evening
When you are on vacation, it seems natural to end up outdoors in the evening and even into the night, simply enjoying being outdoors. On camping trips it’s all about stargazing and marshmallow roasting; at a beach house, you might sneak down to see...
Plant Your Hardscape for Unexpected Green
An exceptional garden employs the unexpected to tell its story. The ordinary is nowhere to be found. The author of this kind of garden is attentive to every detail to create a one-of-a-kind experience. By contrast, hardscape is often too predictable...
Budget Decorator: 10 Ways to Deck Out Your Patio
Been gazing out at your backyard, wishing you could spruce up your hangout space? You don’t need to spend a lot to make a big difference in the way your outdoor rooms look and feel; you can whip up furnishings and decor, hunt for vintage bargains and...
Light Your Patio, Extend Your Evening
A pitcher of sangria, a bucket of ice-cold beer, crispy chicken wings and neighbors splayed out in deck chairs watching children catch fireflies. A perfect summer evening? Indeed. But you can make it last even longer by adding lighting to your patio....
20 Outstanding Outdoor Living Rooms
When I was growing up, “outdoor living” consisted of some aluminum folding chairs and a Weber grill. But with the advent of synthetic wicker, all-weather fabrics, outdoor lighting and indoor-outdoor carpets, you can now live as stylishly and comfortably...
10 Gorgeous Courtyards From Mod to Moroccan
A house with a courtyard just may be the (totally unofficial) dream home in temperate locales the world over. An area without a roof, enclosed either completely or partially by the walls of a building,...
Outdoor Style: Creative Ways With Classic Concrete
Versatile, strong and readily available, concrete is one of the most widely used outdoor materials. Though it’s sometimes thought of as cold or even dull, its design potential for paths, patios, walls and other features is almost limitless. It can...
13 Upgrades to Make Over Your Outdoor Grill Area
When the weather cooperates, there are few meals more pleasant than those you can enjoy in your own backyard. The fresh air and hot grill have a way of conjuring a vacation mood — even if you are only grilling up a quick weeknight dinner. Get inspired...
How to Tear Down That Concrete Patio
Concrete patios are often found in older homes, especially those built in the ’70s. But by now they’ve cracked and crumbled, leaving many homeowners wondering how to replace them, or even hoping to reclaim some of the green space lost by a particularly...
Dream Spaces: 10 Secluded Garden Nooks
Anyone who’s spent long hours working in the garden knows the pleasure that comes from a job well done. And there’s no better vantage point than a garden nook: a small, secluded spot in which to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. It can be...
Take It Outside! Inspiring Ideas for Outdoor Dining
As the days get longer, the temperatures gets warmer and the light gets brighter, our daily routines undergo a radical paradigm shift. Whereas just a month or two ago, we were huddled indoors eating hearty stews, roasted meat and baked potatoes, we’re...
A Modern Backyard Trumps the Texas Heat
What a bungalow may lack in square footage, it makes up for in efficiency, functionality and simplicity. For the backyard renovation of a 1927 Houston bungalow, designer Brett Zamore...
21 Patios Ready to Party
By now you should be getting ready for the official beginning of patio party time. Kicking off on Memorial Day, this time of year means gathering outside, grilling and frolicking for at least three months. Consider the different events that could drive...
Your Guide to Grills and More for Great Outdoor Cooking
Freestanding or built-in? Gas or charcoal? What about smokers and pizza ovens? And what’s best for quickly seared steaks versus slow-and-low barbecue? Here you’ll find answers to these questions and more to help you pick the right grill...
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