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. 

Gray old fence next to fresh new fence
WoodFence
Dear Angie: What’s involved in restoring and staining a grayed-out fence? – Srinivasa V., Plano, Texas
Whether you're making minor repairs or starting a major remodeling project, the work begins with pulling the right permits. (Photo by Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Daniel G.)
RemodelFenceBasementAlarms and Home Security Systems
Before you start a renovation project, ask yourself, "Do I need a permit for this?" In Chicago, the answer is probably yes.
FenceExteriorOutdoor
Fences have both practical and have an aesthetic value, but a badly conceived fence can be an eyesore and a source of conflict with neighbors. Keeping your fence properly maintained can help prolong its life span.
Chicken coop fence
FencePetPet Area
Chicken wire rarely looks this good
dog lying down
Pet TrainingPetFence
Cats, dogs, ferrets, hamsters and everything in between — whatever the species, pets are naturally curious creatures and want to explore the great outdoors.
 
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