Outdoor Living 533 Ideabooks

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...
Simple Pleasures: Beat the Heat With Water
From sprinklers, mist gardens and swimming holes, to early-morning beach walks with waves lapping at your feet, water provides some of the best, simplest pleasures on summer days. Being mindful of the joy water brings can help you get into the spirit...
See Why This Architect's Office Has a Built-In Safety Net
Every day Kevin Browne wakes up, gets ready and travels to work. His commute takes him on a scenic 10-second walk through the door to his backyard, where he then readies himself for the day ahead. Since relocating his one-man office to a studio he designed...
A Melbourne Backyard Entices Everyone Outside
Andre and Emma Roberts have been in their band, Blue Vinyl Lounge, for 15 years (she sings, and he plays bass). Their fun acid-jazz-funk sound pulls from a medley of musical styles — indie pop,...
8 Ideas for Petite Pools
If you’re an avid swimmer, or your family loves hanging out by the pool, you’ve probably fantasized about someday having a pool to call your own. But when your backyard is on...
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...
8 Rot-Resistant Woods for Your Outdoor Projects
Natural wood is a lovely choice for adding warmth and texture to garden structures like raised beds, fences, decks and trellises. Much lumber is chemically treated to prevent it from rotting. However, some woods have superior rot resistance naturally...
10 Cool Ideas for Backyard Retreats and Playhouses
Summer is around the corner, and the outdoor world is beckoning. What better way to enhance outdoor living than with a cool new structure in the backyard? Whether you dream of lounging in a hammock in...
Summer Crops: How to Grow Strawberries
Ripe and juicy strawberries are one of nature’s sweetest treats. They’re also one of the easiest and most versatile additions to a garden, providing flowers in spring, fruit in spring and summer, and ornamental green leaves for most of the year —...
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...
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...
Be a Citizen Scientist to Help Wildlife, Learn and Have Fun Too
Pretty flowers, trickling water and the soothing sound of grasses in the wind are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to things to love in your garden. Once the plants are in, the true experience begins — watching to see what wildlife...
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