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. 

All outdoor outlets must be GFCI-protected, experts say. (Illustration by Bruce Snow)
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“He told me in 40 years of electrical work, he’s never seen anything like that.” — Angie's List member Sondra Davis
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A deck or a patio? There are factors that can help you decide whether a deck or a patio is right for you. For example, drainage from your roof, or snow or ice build up around your home could affect which one best suits your needs. Installing a patio or deck is not as simple as you may think. Watch this before you make your decision.
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Learning the different components of your deck can help you understand the best ways to maintain it.
If you prep your deck before winter and shovel snow only when necessary, you’ll give your deck a better chance of surviving the winter without major damage. (Photo courtesy of member Pamela F. of Alexandria, Virginia)
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Is it OK to leave snow sitting on your deck all winter? Here's how to prevent damaging your wood or composite deck with proper preparation and maintenance.
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Ready to tackle some deck maintenance? There are a lot of terms to understand, from joists to ledger boards. Here is a glossary of deck terms you should know.
 
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