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. 

deck with dining set
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Wooden decks can deteriorate quickly without proper care and regular maintenance. Follow these 10 guidelines to make your wood deck last as long as possible.
Indianapolis stained deck with benches
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A local deck builder talks about adding or renovating a deck or porch.
composite deck boards installed over old wood
Deck MaintenanceDeck
Is the lumber on your aging deck hard to clean or splintering? Check out how this homeowner tackled the issue by replacing lumber with a synthetic material.
man inspecting a damaged deck
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Dear Angie: Our deck is at least 20 years old, and we haven’t done much upkeep in the eight years we’ve lived here. One floorboard is definitely rotten. We want to get an inspection to know if it’s safe and sound. – Brenda B. of Upper Marlboro, Maryland
deck with furniture and plant
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Tips and advice on deck installation and care to make sure your outdoor retreat stays in great shape.