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. 

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RemodelFence
Dear Angie: I gave a fencing contractor a $1,300 deposit on a $2,600 job. Months after we signed a contract, no work has been done. What should I do?
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FencePrivacySecurityWood
Underground wood needs protection from moisture, bugs
wood pickets
FenceChain LinkWoodAluminumCompositeDecorative MetalVinyl
If you’re in the market for fencing, you might find your options limitless. Choosing among materials, styles and configurations can be a daunting task.
Fence
What fence is right for your family and neighborhood? Consider what the different materials and styles could mean for your needs and pocketbook.
This home at 1000 E. 48th St. in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood has a troubled past and has sat for sale for several months.  (Photo by Steven Jack)
Real Estate Agents
Whether it's a death by natural causes or something more sinister, home buyers may be surprised by what real estate agents don't have to tell you under Illinois law.
 
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