Deck and Patio

Get projects, tips and ideas for building and improving your deck and patio using stone, concrete, pavers and outdoor furniture.

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    7 Things You Should Do When Building Your Deck

    Want to avoid deck decay and enjoy your outdoor space for the rest of your days? If you use these...

    Simple Deck Board Spacers

    Sixteen-penny nails work great as spacers when you’re installing deck boards, but they often fall through the cracks.

    Joist Leveler

    When you’re building a deck or other structure solo, it’s pretty hard to level long joists and beams, then hold...

    DIY Dictionary: Paver Base

    When you look out over your patio, what you see (hopefully) are nice solid patio stones or pavers laid in...

    Patio Furniture Trends for 2018

    It's almost patio season! If you're in the market for new patio furniture or just want a new look for...

    Reader Project: DIY Backyard Oasis

    This backyard oasis has it all: a pergola, fire pit, outdoor kitchen and more. It is the perfect space for...

    Repairing Decks and Railings

    Easy fixes for common deck problems like rotten boards, wobbly railings and loose nails. Plus, see how to stiffen a...

    16 Hand-Selected Reader Projects from The Family Handyman

    Ranging in size, difficulty and design, these 16 reader projects are as unique as the DIYers who built them.

    Reader Project: Massive Backyard Stone Fireplace

    David Peyton built this fireplace from 15 tons of assorted masonry: concrete, stone, block and firebrick. But there’s no mortar to...

    Reader Project: Traditional Outdoor Wood-Fired Oven

    John White’s family has hosted several foreign exchange students, all of whom have claimed that America needs better bread. So, as a step toward

    Reader Project: Grand Backyard Patio and Pergola

    Michael McGuire didn’t originally plan to tackle this huge project himself. But after seeing the contractor’s bid, he decided to DIY.

    10 Amazing, Inspirational Decks

    A deck is a private place where you can enjoy nature, gather friends and family, or escape with a good...

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    How to Install Hidden Deck Fasteners

    Create a deck with hidden fasteners instead of face-nailing it, and you'll get a smooth, clean finish.

    11 Amazing Stone Patios

    Patios are made for relaxing. Trying to find the perfect look for your patio shouldn't be stressful. Here are ten...

    15 Modern Deck Building Tips and Shortcuts

    There are lots of new decking products on the market, and deck building methods continue to evolve and improve. Here...

    10 Ways to Improve Your Patio Living

    Don't let your patio go to waste this summer! Whether you are setting up chairs to enjoy the sun, planning...

    How to Choose Deck Hardware

    Base your joist hanger choice on local conditions

    How to Make Cake-Frosting Stepping-Stones

    Make just one of these fun, functional, inexpensive stepping-stones and you'll be hooked. Plus, they make great gifts!

    How to Make Plant Markers

    Plant markers. Unique, simple and really inexpensive.

    How to Shade your Deck

    A simple shelter for you and your deck—and your burgers!

    Build a Victorian Screen House

    Escape the bugs in style, whether you're entertaining friends or just hanging out

    Build a Circular Patio and Retaining Wall

    Hilly, small or ho-hum yard? Modular pavers and blocks let you carve out a unique retreat darn near anywhere!

    How to Build Patio Planters

    Give your potted plants a simple, stylish home—outdoors or in.

    How to Build an Umbrella Table

    This woodworking project will give you an umbrella table that is solid, stable and you can build it in...

    Five Solutions for a shabby deck

    To revive a shabby deck, there are five main directions you can go, and we'll guide you through them all.