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. 

Gas grill in an outdoor kitchen
Gas GrillGrill
When snow flies, it's time to perform your final round of gas grill maintenance. Here's what you need to do to keep your grill in tip-top shape.
The safest and easiest way to convert a liquid propane grill to natural gas is with a conversion kit supplied by the manufacturer, Schultz says. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List Dan R. of Charlotte, N.C.)
Gas GrillGrill
Before converting your grill from liquid propane to natural gas, learn the steps involved and the different methods required of different grills.
Patio with pergola and fire pit
Gazebos & PergolasDeck and Patio Awnings
Consider the costs to build a DIY pergola vs. hiring a contractor for professional installation.
retractable awning
Deck and Patio Awnings
If you're thinking about buying a retractable awning, consider the value, longevity and cost.
A homeowner gets double the protection from the sun with a patio cover topped with matching roof shingles, and a pergola. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Mitch W. of Pflugerville, Texas)
Deck and Patio AwningsGazebos & Pergolas
If you don't get enough shade cover over your balcony, patio or yard to venture outside on warm days, these tips can help you beat the summer heat.
 
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