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. 

Home additions such as this sunroom can add function and great spaces for your family. But how much do they typically cost? Photo by Frank Espich
Hiring a ContractorHomebuilderPlanning a RemodelRemodelPorches & Sunrooms
The average cost of a home addition is $41,994 nationwide with some homeowners spending as much as $108,000 for large additions.
Pergola over an outdoor kitchen
Gazebos & PergolasDeck and Patio AwningsPorches & Sunrooms
Adjustable louvers let you control the weather.
descending deck with lights built into the steps.
Deck and Patio AwningsPorches & Sunrooms
Where do you prefer to spend your outdoor time at home?
Screened enclosure
Porches & SunroomsScreen Repair
Screens provide porches with cover from bugs and other elements, but even high-quality screens eventually break down.
flagstone patio, outdoor kitchen, grill, patio furniture
Porches & SunroomsHardscaping – Pavers & Stepping Stones
Flagstone prices range between $15 to $20 per square foot for both materials and labor. The flagstone alone will cost $2 to $3 per sq. ft. to purchase, after which materials such as mortar, preparing the site and labor costs will take up the remaining $13-$17.