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. 

The base is poured around the fiberglass pool, the deck will be poured next. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay / Angie's List)
Swimming Pools
Installing a fiberglass swimming pool costs $28,100. Most jobs range between $20,450 and $37,380.
fiberglass saltwater swimming pool
Swimming Pools
Pool installation costs between $15,000 and $41,000 on average. The type of pool you install greatly impacts this cost.
Temporary backyard pools with a depth of more than 24 inches and electric pumps require permits, fencing, and proper electrical setups in many Chicago suburban communities. (Photo by Steven Jack)
Swimming Pools
Did you know that many cities, including Chicago suburbs, require a permit to put up any swimming pool? Fencing, electrical rules affect temporary pools too.
a drained pool with cloudy water and algae buildup stains on the pool wall.
Swimming Pools
Owning a swimming pool isn’t cheap.
Customers without regular service during the colder months often don’t realize they have issues until swimming season begins, says Coleman. (Photo courtesy of AquaSense Pools)
Swimming Pools
One highly rated provider explains the reasons you may want to consider keeping pool service during the colder months to ensure your pool is ready for summer.