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How to Build a Patio by Laying Paving Slabs on Sand

Laying paving slabs on dry mix for beginners. I provide step-by-step instructions with my own photos for laying the concrete paving slabs on sand to make a walkway. Learn how to make a patio or garden walkway on concrete in your own back yard.


Tips for Applying Solid Deck Stain

In this article, I provide useful tips on solid deck stain application and preparation to make your project easier.


How to Build Your Own Porch Railings

Are your porch railings in need of replacement? If they are, prepare for sticker shock when getting quotes to have the work done. Save a mint and build those railings yourself.


How to Get Started Designing Your Backyard Patio

It's time to start planning your backyard patio. This guide will help you with your outdoor patio ideas including material considerations, design layout, and fun features like firepits.


How to Build a DIY Pallet Patio

This article will show you how to build your own low-cost patio using mostly recycled wood pallets.


How to Fit Waterproof LED RGB Strip Lights for Decking

Quick guide for installing waterproof multi-coloured LED strip lighting around decking, lawns and gardens. Tips on laying the cables and protecting electrics from the weather.


6 Stylish Shade Ideas for Your Patio

Your patio should be a pleasant space where you can stay out of the sun. This article discusses various patio shade ideas.


How to Use a Nilfisk Pressure Washer in the Garden

I purchased the Nilfisk pressure washer to clean my decking prior to re-oiling it. Now I use it to clean all manner of other items around my garden.


Polymeric Sand: What It Is and How to Use It

Polymeric sand effectively fills and interlocks joints between paving units. Read on to determine if this paver joint sand solution is the one for your next outdoor pavement project. Learn about what a polymer is, its history, and how to use this dry joint sand stabilizer.


How to Build a DIY Patio Potty for Your Dog

This simple eight-step tutorial will give you all the information you need to build your own doggy patio potty on the porch of your apartment!


How We Constructed a Screen Room

A screen room provides lots of outdoor living space. Check out our project to get ideas for what you might do.


How to Create Shade in a Hot Conservatory Using Shade Sails

Use sails to create shade and cool a sunny conservatory. They are inexpensive, stylish and easy to install.


Black + Decker Max Sweeper Review

Tired of sweeping your porch, deck, patio or driveway? Me too! Here is what I did about it.


How to Build an Elevated Deck on Uneven Ground

This article will show you how to build a sturdy deck using common tools with minimal cuts and expense. Follow along for instructions, material lists, and time- and money-saving tips and tricks.


Flat Roof Decks

Flat roofs with easy access are great for creating an outdoor living space. One issue that many people question me about is how to create a deck that is functional without compromising the waterproof roof surface. The best way is to construct a...


7 Types of Outdoor Decking Materials

If you are dreaming of an outdoor deck to enjoy neighborhood barbeques and family gatherings, you’ve come to the right place. Start by familiarizing yourself with the different types of decking materials available today. This is the first step in making that backyard deck dream a reality!


How to Build Your Own Covered Deck

Construction guidelines and tips for building a covered deck. While it does take some work, it is definitely doable.


How to Lay Pavers for a Patio: Fixing a Brick Patio Yourself

If you have a brick paver patio and it is uneven or sloping, fix it yourself for a fraction of the cost. You don't have to be a professional to do a professional job.


How to Build a Loose-Material Patio

Loose material is an easy-to-install alternative for a DIY home patio. This article contains both step-by-step instructions and some great examples for inspiration.


How to Build a Small Backyard Patio

A simple patio design for a small backyard can transform your outdoor space. Create an outdoor room; start with a patio!


Building a Floating Deck Step-By-Step

This article will explain in detail how to build a decking step-by0step. It also contains some useful tips and tricks.


How to Estimate and Build a Deck in 7 Easy Steps

Design, estimate, and build a deck. Instructions to lay out and cut stringers to build stairs. Mathematical formulas used to estimate building construction. Build steps, carpentry tricks.


DIY Flagstone Patio: A How-To Guide

Laying a flagstone paver patio is not particularly difficult, but it is hard work. This article will guide you through the process.


How to Clean, Stain, and Seal a Deck

Is your backyard deck looking faded and dirty? Here are step-by-step directions to clean it up and get it looking new again.


How to Build a Patio Cover With a Corrugated Metal Roof

Here's how I built a patio cover for my own house along with pictures I took for the permit inspector to make the approval inspection go smoothly.


How to Extend Your Concrete Patio With Pavers

Have a concrete patio but want a bigger outdoor space? These DIY steps show how to extend your concrete patio with pavers.


How to Clean a Bare, Unfinished Cedar Wood Deck With Dish Soap

Clean a bare cedar deck the green way: with biodegradable liquid dish soap that is flora- and fauna-friendly—safe for kids and pets, too! Just soak, scrub with a deck brush, and rinse. Works great!

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3 Popular Types of Outdoor Patio Covers

Outdoor patio covers can come in many shapes, styles, sizes, materials, and prices.  Gazebo, pergolas, awnings, and carports are all more permanent types of patio coverings and structures.  Other types are less obtrusive like for instance, a...