Outdoor Living 496 Ideabooks

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...
How to Get a Built-in Outdoor Grill
If grilling is one of your favorite outdoor activities, consider creating a built-in grill on your patio or in your yard that allows you to be a chef out in the fresh air. Grills can make a house party easier by getting everyone outside. Your...
Modern Masters Inspire a Glass Garden House
When a Massachusetts couple wanted to add a greenhouse to their property, they did what most people would do: They picked up a catalog. But after reviewing classic gable design after gable design, it became clear that the cottage look was not what they...
Houzz Tour: Convertible Courtyards Change the Game in Australia
The name that Christopher Megowan gave the small house near Melbourne he designed an extension for is telling — and intriguing. It’s the Convertible Courtyards House, telling us that there...
Light Your Landscape for Drama and Function
In the spectrum of home improvement, landscape lighting might be the most overlooked. It is, however, one of the least-obstructive design projects you can undertake. You won’t have to move out or do without the kitchen, be limited to the use of just...
An Indoor-Outdoor Serving Bar Opens the Possibilities
If you love outdoor entertaining (and who doesn’t when you have the space?), you know that having an easy transition from kitchen to patio or deck is ideal. But sometimes there just isn’t room to add an extra door or window — at least not without...
Ecofriendly Fire Pits: Casting Backyard Campfires in a New Light
There’s an earthy romance associated with fire pits, especially wood-burning ones. They remind us of cozy evenings around the campfire. But wood fires contribute to air pollution, and some cities have banned wood-burning fire pits. In response, savvy...
Take a Winter Walk on the Safe Side
A wintry wonderland is a beautiful sight to behold, and an occasional walk along a snowy garden path is a real treat. For main entryways and often-used walks and patios, however, safety is a real concern. Here are a few things you can do now — and...
Want More Party Space? 5 Tips to Improve Indoor-Outdoor Flow
Wouldn’t you love to double the size of your house for the holidays, or when you’re entertaining a large groups of friends? And when the party is over and all the guests have gone home, have your nice, cozy house back just...
Skip the Brick for a Statement-Making Chimney
While their main function is to provide ventilation, chimneys do double duty when they’re elegant architectural statements. Standing tall and prominent on the exterior, they add visual interest to a home and — when covered in a complementary...
A Greenhouse Rises From Texas Tornado Wreckage
Carolyn Pace says she’d rather be up to her elbows in dirt than cooking in the kitchen. So when a small tornado demolished her backyard pole barn, the Centerville, Texas, resident worked with her husband, Gary, to transform the damaged structure...
Design Your Landscape for Peace and Quiet
Whether it’s the busy boulevard at your front curb or the kids next door having a screamingly good time, a noisy environment makes it hard to relax and enjoy your yard. Noise pollution is a stressful irritant that is almost impossible to eradicate,...
Beat the Frost With Natural Terra-Cotta Containers
As the first frost blackens the summer bedding in our pots and containers, thoughts may go to replanting for the spring with hardy bedding plants and spring-flowering bulbs. It’s a good time to think...
See a Deluxe 'Catio' Built for Feline Fun
You know those people whom stray animals just seem to find? When it comes to cats, Tom and Liz are those people. At present 16 cats have found their way into their hearts and home. Some are shelter cats once deemed unadoptable, others have wandered onto...
3-Season Rooms: Shade and Swimming for a Tudor-Style Patio
The hot and sweaty summers of Richmond, Virginia, were keeping this family of five from enjoying their yard as much as they wanted to. With the help of Cox & Associates and Tuckahoe...
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