Patios 150 Stories

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...
Made in the Shade, the Modern Way
I have an almost reptilian affinity for the sun. On days when most people run for shade, I slather on the SPF and drag my chaise longue into the warmest, sunniest spot I can find. Maybe it’s because I’m always cold, or maybe I’m just crazy, but...
10 Great Outdoor Chill Zones
In the warm months, there’s nothing better than coming home and immediately kicking off your shoes, grabbing an ice-cold drink and heading right outside. Sitting outdoors in the fresh air is a great way to loosen up, unwind and let go. Summer...
7 Great Container Plants for Early-Spring Appeal
In cold climates early spring is still too early for planting containers with summer-blooming annuals. It’s best to wait until you are past your average last frost date. But that...
What to Know Before You Buy Teak Outdoor Furniture
Teak has long been a top choice for outdoor furnishings, due to its buttery gold color and durability. Its high content of naturally occurring rubber and oils serves as Mother Nature’s weatherproofing, protecting against water, rot and insects, ensuring...
Bold Backdrops for Colorful Gardens
When we consider color in the garden, we usually think of plants, furniture and decorative accents such as cushions, candles and garden art. But what about walls? Think of this expansive surface as a blank canvas just waiting for your artistic...
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