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. 

Using the same materials and design for your gazebo as your deck can give a nice, unified look. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Robert C. of Barrington, Ill.)
Decks and gazebos both expand the usable outdoor space of a home and provide attractive areas for entertaining and relaxing.
A $65,000 pavilion equipped with an outdoor kitchen replaced a worn, barely used pool. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Larry Upshaw of Dallas)
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A Dallas resident turned an unused pool and shoddy deck into a living space complete with a pavilion and outdoor kitchen. Read about the details of the work.
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Dallas-area builder designs and constructs a shade structure to improve backyard space. The addition allows for outdoor decorating and relaxation.
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Trying to decide between a patio or deck? Here's what you need to know.
building a deck (Photo by Photo courtesy of Rock Solid Builders)
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Your backyard: It’s your own private outdoor oasis, and you want it to look its best.