8 Outdoor Projects You Can Do Yourself
These outdoor projects will boost your backyard fun this season. Build one today!
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Build a Garden Shed
Who says functional storage can't be beautiful? Whether your style is Craftsman, modern or country, you'll find a garden shed to make all your storage dreams come true. Check out our extensive library of shed plans, complete with the materials, steps and tools you'll need for success. Plus: If you're feeling festive check out this multi-purpose pub-shed, which does double-duty when it comes to backyard parties.
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Give Your Deck New Life
Before you write off your old deck, consider a deck rescue. Chances are you have a beautiful structure underneath all those seasons of use—all you need is a little DIY skill and some elbow grease to bring it out.
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Cook With Gas
Never worry about running out of propane again. We'll show you how to make the conversion to natural gas with a specialized conversion kit. With a new gas line and a few days time, you'll be cooking with gas. Plus: How to Tune-Up Your Outdoor Grill
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Build a Fire Ring
Safe, durable and cozy on a cool summer's night, we'll show you how to build a stone fire ring that will be the center of family gatherings for years to come. Whether you're hosting a cookout, campfire jam session or just taking in the stars, this attractive feature will be the highlight of your yard. If you're ready to go for the gusto, consider a brick fire-pit for a more substantial effect.
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If you love the taste of fresh veggies and have ever lost a crop because you forgot to water, this DIY solution is for you. Add a self-watering planter to your list of outdoor projects this summer and never worry about forgetting to water the plants again. It's great for flowers too! Plus: Tips for Easier Gardening
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Do Some Hardscaping
If you're ready to look beyond container gardening, construct a raised garden bed to show-off all your perennial garden favorites. Build to any height you desire, but it can also double as natural seating for your next backyard barbecue. Plus: Build a Garden Storage Box
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Answer the Call of the Water
Answer the soothing call of water as it trickles in your own backyard. If you're ready to add outdoor projects with wow-factor to your yard, this is it. This DIY water garden stream uses pre-formed shells for ease of construction, and the result is a stunning feature that is part pond, part waterfall—and all parts awesome. If a full pond isn't in your budget, consider this handy pond in a box, which will fit small spaces beautifully.
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A Screened-In Patio
For those who love the allure of the outdoors at night, but just can't handle the bugs, this is the icing on the outdoor projects cake. Our screened-in post and beam patio with removable awning can protect you from the elements while providing ample space to roam. Plus: Build a Victorian Screen House
Originally Published: July 26, 2017