Outdoor Living Basics

Today, many individuals are taking their home decor and living spaces outside. Outdoor living can consist of designing and creating unique outdoor spaces through construction or landscaping projects - from staining decks to building a koi pond with a cascading waterfall we've got you covered. Homeowners are building outdoor kitchens and fireplaces for entertaining purposes, while others are installing unique lighting concepts to reveal the beauty of their yardwork at night. Whichever project you decide to tackle, Angie's List is here to help you figure out the best way to begin transforming your outdoor living space. 

swimming pool with paver deck
Swimming PoolDeck
Building a swimming pool deck may seem daunting, but it can be a manageable DIY project with careful planning.
trex deck and railing with table and chairs
DeckHouse Painting | Exterior Painting
When choosing deck colors for paint and stains, focus on your home's "signature style."
patio table and chairs
Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire PitsPatioPorchDeck
Outdoor living contractors say Charlotte homeowners invest wisely in outdoor patios and porches.
two-level deck with dining table and other nearby seating.
Ants, Spiders and InsectsDeck
Don't allow mosquitoes to stop you from enjoying outdoor living.
A fire pit can add warmth and interest to a backyard patio. (Photo courtesy of member Karin L. of Tucson, Arizona)
Landscaping - Hardscaping & PaversHardscaping – Pavers & Stepping StonesFireplace AccessoriesOutdoor Fireplaces & Fire PitsDeckLandscapeOutdoor
If you're considering installing a fire pit in your outdoor living area one of the first questions you'll need to answer is wood-burning or gas-powered?