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Create a Backyard Oasis

With these DIY projects, it's easy to turn a bland outdoor space into an extension of your home you'll never want to leave. Read on for 13 ways to achieve your very own backyard oasis.

How to Choose Between Cedar, Pressure Treated Wood & Composite Decking

Which is the best decking material: cedar, pressure-treated, or composite lumber? Here is a comparison of their durability, appearance, and...


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Guide to Choosing the Best Outdoor Curtains

Create an intimate open-air space with outdoor curtains, a stylish solution for adding privacy and shade to your patio, pergola...


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9 Tool Hacks You’ll Use Time and Time Again

Tools are usually designed with one task in mind, but many can be used for all sorts of jobs.


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10 Best Outdoor Lounge Chairs

Summer 2020: The summer of staying at home. Kick back on the patio or deck with one of these inviting...

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10 Deck Furniture Ideas for 2020

Longer days and balmy nights are back! That means it's time to enjoy your deck or patio with fresh furnishings...


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9 Ways to Protect Your Deck or Patio From Summer Heat

Your deck or patio needs protection from the sun, just like you. Here are nine ways to protect outdoor spaces...

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How to Choose Composite Decking

Simplify shopping for composite decking by weighing the importance of seven key issues, among them budget, sunlight, moisture, building codes...

How to Build a Gazebo

Build this airy summer hangout that features fish-scale shingles and decorative trim you make yourself.


What to Consider Before Buying a Patio Umbrella

For proper shade, safety and protection, you need to pick the best patio umbrella for your cherished backyard space. Take...


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How to Build Deck Stairs

Calculating the step dimensions, laying out stringers and building a sturdy set of deck stairs.

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11 Ways to Create Shade for Your Deck or Patio

Don't let the sun drive you off your deck or patio. Take back your outdoor space with one of these...


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Deals We Love: Outdoor Space Accessories

Make your outdoor space the place for all invited. Here are two products that will provide ambience, comfort and communion...


How to Build a Patio Chair

The ultimate easy chair: Easy to build, easy to tote, easy to set up and store.


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14 Patio Upgrades to Make this Summer

Here are 14 amazing DIY patio upgrades that will transform your summer!


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Top 5 Online Memorial Day Patio Furniture Sales of 2020

Kick off your summer in style with these online patio décor deals.

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The Ultimate Mother’s Day Patio Style Gift Basket

Hunting for a great Mother's Day gift idea? Mix-and-match these items to create a gift basket filled with outdoor decor...


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Best Deck Paints and Stains for 2020

Whether you're looking to protect your new deck or restore an old one, here are some deck paints and stains...


Shop Target’s Spring Home Collection

Lighten and brighten this spring with fun, fresh home décor picks from Target's latest Opalhouse, Project 62 and Threshold collections.


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5 Ways to Clean Your Charcoal Grill

Keep your charcoal grill in top form by knowing a variety of ways to clean it.


Tips and Tools for Achieving Better Painting Results

Seasoned professional painters have learned from experience what paint works best in any situation, what equipment is durable and yields...


Does Your House Have a Mullet?

A mullet may be most commonly known as a hairstyle, but homes have adopted the look as well!


Tidy Tips From a Picky Painter

You can tell a good paint job because the new wall paint is only on the wall. We asked a...


How to Apply Behr Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish

Refinishing your deck doesn’t have to take several days if you use a product like Behr Premium® Transparent Quick Dry...

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How to Buy Deck Lumber

10 things you need to know about how to buy the good stuff


Trex Decking: Here’s What You Need to Know

Demand for environmentally friendly, virtually maintenance-free Trex composite decking grows every year. Why has this home-improvement upstart captured so much...


Trex Deck Railing Options

Trex deck railing options explained. Three lines encompass many options. Trex calls these railing lines Trex Select, Trex Transcend and...


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Azek Decking vs Trex: Which is Best for You?

Decide whether Azek or Trex is the best choice for your specific project, with this summary and comparison of these...


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How to Calculate Trex Decking Cost for Your Project

Estimate Trex decking cost and decking cost per square foot. Compare Trex vs pressure-treated wood decks. Learn factors that increase...


10 Trex Deck Ideas for Any Outdoor Space

You've decided on Trex composite decking and chosen the colors. Now's your chance to consider some of the Trex deck...