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 deck on the backside of a home, with a pergola at the entrance of french patio door.
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Three highly rated deck builders discuss eco-friendly decking materials.
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Tree Services - Removal and TrimmingTrees
After all the hard work of felling a tree, what may be the hardest job of all still remains: getting rid of the tree stump.
A new or refurbished deck can be a delight for much of the year. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Karl S. of New Market, Md.)
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Thinking of redoing your deck this year? These design trends are popular across the country because of their beauty, durability and functionality.
A weathered deck not only looks tired, but may pose some dangers if the wood starts to split. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Brian W. of West Milford, N.J.)
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Over time, decks suffer both minor cosmetic issues and major structural problems that can significantly affect their function. Here are five tips for identifying common problems and starting deck repair.
Twice-annual care will keep your deck looking great for years to come. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lisa C.)
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Your deck is an investment in your home, and proper deck maintenance can help extend its life.