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Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. To do that you...
Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. To do that you have to actually go outside. But if your home lacks an enticing outdoor living space, there’s little incentive to venture out. Outdoor...
Contractor Tips: Build a Top-Notch Deck
A deck is essentially an outdoor room, usually in a space you didn't previously use. The extra space adds value to your home, but adding value to your life is a different story. A deck has to fit the way you live. And, of course, unlike the other rooms...
DIY Tree Forts and Deck Bring Out the Neighborhood Kids
While living in a small 1920s bungalow in downtown Orlando, Florida, with their son, this professional couple found out they were expecting another child. They left the downtown area in search of more space and lucked into a semisuburban home...
Design Workshop: How the Japanese Porch Makes a Home Feel Larger
I’ve written in the past about the essential nature of transitional spaces in a home, which are used to link interior and exterior areas. These spaces have been assigned a variety of names throughout...
Once a Barren Rooftop, Now a Serene City Getaway
A lush garden isn’t out of reach in the heart of New York City. Landscape designer Todd Haiman turned a barren rooftop into a serene escape, complete with a dining and grilling area, a daybed, an outdoor shower and plants galore. Careful planning made...
14 Ways to Make Your Grill Setup Better
Grills by themselves aren’t much to look at. They’re basically large, hulking pieces of stainless steel that stick out like sore thumbs in our backyards. So we’re always trying to slip covers over them or wheel them around to the side of the house....
20 Outdoor Rooms With Entertaining Flair
Summer offers a lot for us to celebrate: vacations, long days, warm nights and visits with friends near and far. Outdoor entertaining, from lunch on the deck and happy hour at sunset to dinner by candlelight and fireside gatherings under the stars, embodies...
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...
Find the Right Glass Door for Your Patio
The large glass patio door hasn't been around for very long. It took modern manufacturing techniques to make it affordable. But what was once the province of the wealthy and aristocratic is now available in a wide variety of styles for every home. From...
Design Workshop: The ‘Disappearing’ Guardrail
As an architect, the most common request I receive by far from clients discussing deck guardrails is, “Please just make them disappear.” It’s a tall order. Guardrails are important architectural elements with competing design priorities. For example,...
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...
Dream Spaces: 12 Decks That Rise Above It All
During the lazy days of summer, just give me a deck, a lounge chair, a cool drink and an umbrella, and I’m good to go. Lately, though, I’ve been considering upgrading my deck desires. Maybe it’s time to move up, to have an outdoor space...
How to Refinish a Wood Deck
Few things are more annoying than stepping onto your deck in bare feet only to be stuck by a splinter. Fortunately, you can prevent wood decks from splintering and cracking by refinishing them every year or two. Here’s how to refinish your deck to keep...
A Family-Friendly California Yard Wises Up About Water
Like many American yards, this one in Menlo Park, California, spent much of its life as a lawn. And, as with many lawns in dry climates, it was time to leave this one behind. The homeowner wanted to remove the existing grass in favor of something...
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