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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DIY Dictionary: Paver Base

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

Don’t Make These Mistakes When Planting a Tree

Reap rewards from your investment of time and money by planting a tree correctly. Avoid these costly mistakes—all of which...

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...

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15 Awesome Plans for DIY Patio Furniture

Upgrade your patio with DIY furniture. It may seem daunting to try to build your own furniture but we'll show...

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.

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10 Awesome DIY Cabin Projects

Just because you're away from home doesn't mean you have to give up your home improvements! Here are 10 DIY...

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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.

Inspirational Ideas and Materials for Designing the Perfect Patio

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...

Replacing Deck Boards

Don't build a new deck if all you have to do is replace a few deck boards

How to Choose Deck Hardware

Base your joist hanger choice on local conditions

Deck Railing Repair

Add joist blocking to firm up that shaky railing

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

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This woodworking project will give you an umbrella table that...

Repairing Decks and Railings

Expert fixes for common problems

12 Best Curb Appeal Ideas for Any Budget

Whether you're putting your house on the market soon or simply want to make the exterior as beautiful and welcoming...

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.

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How To Plan and Build a Deck

Family Handyman editor Mike Berner walks you through the process of building a deck from concept to finishing touches.

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10 Tips on How To Protect Outdoor Furniture

Learn how to protect your outdoor furniture so you can enjoy it for multiple seasons. We talked to the experts...