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. 

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.
large awning covers patio with outdoor living room furniture
Deck and Patio Awnings
Delray Beach member says custom-made awning from a local contractor provides great space to entertain family and friends whether it’s rainy or sunny
living room, window, blue walls, white couch
Replacement WindowsWindow TreatmentsEnergy EfficiencyDeck and Patio Awnings
You can do a number of things to improve the energy efficiency of your home’s windows.
retractable awning covers poolside patio area with lounging chairs in the backyard of a house.
Deck and Patio Awnings
Retractable awnings require little maintenance after installation.
Landscapers placing smooth gray decorative stones around the base of a 1-ton bubbling boulder fountain
Outdoor Water Fountains and PondsFountain
Experience and a designer's eye are important in water feature installation.