Outdoor Living Ideas – Pictures, Design Ideas and Decor

Mosquito How to Protect Your Home from Mosquitos and the Zika Virus
Mosquitos are always annoying—they buzz and bite, and they’re pros at ruining a backyard barbecue. But with their recent and rapid spread of the Zika virus, keeping these insects at bay is a priority for your comfort at home and your health as we enter the warmer months. For the most part, the mosquito that carries Zika virus, lives in Continue Reading
Shady trees Where to Plant Trees for Maximized Home Value and Energy Efficiency
Want a great “two-fer” that will save you energy and increase the value of your home at the same time? Plant a tree. Better yet, if you’ve got the space, plant a few trees. These towering wonders of nature will return their investment multiplied in increased real estate value, as well as aesthetic charm. Nature’s Energy-Saving Umbrellas Despite helping moderate our climate Continue Reading
Succulent garden Sustainable Alternatives to Lawns and Grass
Traditional lawns are so twentieth century. Monocultures like these just don’t exist in the natural world. Instead, nature brims with a gorgeous mix of plants that complement each other, are beautiful to look at, and help restore the environment. What’s more, many drought-stricken areas have banned watering grass because groundwater supplies are so low. A growing concern about fertilizer run-off into streams and rivers—which will ultimately pollute lakes Continue Reading
red-front-door 9 Ideas for Creating an Inviting Front Porch
There’s nothing quite like a cozy and inviting front porch to crank up your home’s curb appeal and entice visitors to want to stay for a while. But if your front porch is currently bare-bones and lacking in charm and color, it can be tricky to know where to start. Check out these ideas and get ready to take your Continue Reading
Garden sprayer Pesticides, Herbicides, and Insecticides: What’s the Difference?
Pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides, oh my! What is the deal with all of these? These are the -ides (or -cides?) of March planting, but they’re really not as complicated as they sound. Today, we’re going to take you through each of these commonly used gardening terms and what they mean. Soon, you’ll be able to show off your planting vocabulary Continue Reading
Brick-Running Bond pattern Types of Running Bond Patterns
A paver is a a type of exterior material that’s used to dress up outdoor spaces and create driveways, roads, patios, retaining walls, and even kitchen floors. By using a wide variety of material such as natural stone, brick, and concrete, you can create a durable surface for outdoor flooring that will outlast heavy foot traffic—and in some cases, vehicle traffic. Continue Reading
wooden-balcony Second Story Balcony Additions
Made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, balconies are great for second stories that could benefit from a little more natural light and air circulation. If you want to enjoy the outdoors without all the maintenance of a large deck, then adding a balcony might be the perfect solution. Here is some more information to get you started. Costs On Continue Reading
natural-stone-patio Designing Your Outdoor Living Room: 5 Patio Building Materials
An outdoor patio can be one of the most relaxing spots in your home. With comfortable seating and a great view, a patio can easily become an outdoor living space for you and your family. Patios can be created from a variety of materials, and the best choice for your home depends not only on how much you want to Continue Reading
wooden deck All Decked Out: 10 Ways To Take Your Deck From Plain to Polished
Say goodbye to your ho-hum deck of the past—the one with nothing but a lonely grill in the corner. Because sure, everyone loves to cook out—but a deck should be more than just functional. It should reflect your personality and design taste. If you feel lost when it comes to dressing up your deck, you’re not alone! Here are ten ideas Continue Reading
Cape-Cod-Cleaning-Systems-1024x682 Winterizing Your Deck
Summer is officially over, and it’s time to move from barbecues and pool parties to football games and chili cook-offs. The leaves are changing colors, the air is turning crisp, and pumpkin spice is everywhere. As we prepare our wardrobes and our social calendars for the colder months ahead, we also need to take the time to prepare our homes Continue Reading

Outdoor Living Ideas

That sad area behind your house with all the patchy grass and weeds? Yeah, that could look way better. We know you know. So that’s why we’ve compiled a ton of inspiration to get you on track to take your backyard to the next level where you’ll be able to enjoy outdoor living at its finest. From fire pits to stone patios to decorating decks on the cheap, get the best outdoor living ideas for your home.

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