Outdoor Building

Whether you're building decks or fences, installing a pool, or fixing a driveway, our guides and expert tips will help you get your outdoor projects done right.
Trench-digging
How to Avoid Utility Lines When Digging in Your Yard
A drain cover in a backyard
Prevent Landscape Flooding by Clearing Your Yard Drain
White lawn irrigation pipe with compression coupling underground
You Can Fix a Lawn Sprinkler Pipe Using a Compression Coupling
Red water hydrant
Repair a Frost-Free Yard Hydrant
Close up of industrial bricklayer installing bricks on construction site
Muriatic Acid a Useful Cleaner but Dangerous
Close-Up Shot of a Variable Flow Freezeless Yard Hydrant for Irrigation Outdoors in a Xeriscaped Yard in the Rocky Mountains in the Summer
Beat the Freeze: Installing a Yard Water Hydrant
Lawn sprinkler spraying water on grass in between sidewalks
5 Sprinkler Repair Tips
Clear Force CF1400 Electric Pressure Washer 1400 PSI
A Review of the Clean Force 1400 Pressure Washer
Close-up of plastering wet cement on the wall
How to Resurface Concrete
An outdoor faucet
Prevent Burst Pipes With an Outdoor Faucet Cover
Sharpened Axe
How to Properly Sharpen an Axe
Lawn sprinklers
How to Replace or Rebuild a Sprinkler Valve
Hydrant and pipe of water supply with natural bokeh background.
Replacing a Leaky Old Yard Hydrant
Sprinkler system spraying water across pink flowers closeup
Automatic Drain Valves Will Protect Your Sprinkler System
Illuminated family home in snow
Easy Winter Preparation Checklist for Your Home
Sprinkler with stop-and-waste valve spraying water on lawn next to cement blocks
How to Replace a Sprinkler Stop-and-Waste Valve
Concrete mixing
Tips for Working With Concrete
DIY bocce ball courts
How to Build a Bocce Ball Court for Hours of Fun in Your Own Backyard
Outdoor kitchen with wood awning
How to Build a DIY Awning
Outdoor String Lights
How to Hang Outdoor String Lights So They'll Never Fall Down
House Street Number on the wall
35 DIY House Numbers to Help Set Your Home Apart
Planter made of pallet boxes mixed with different greens and flowers in backyard
How to Make a Simple Pallet Planter
Tall outdoor wooden trellis with planted pots hanging and surrounding fixture
How to Make a Basic DIY Trellis
Hammock
13 Cute DIY Hammock Ideas That Are Completely Doable This Summer
Blue and gray cornhole boards in a yard
10 Cornhole Board Plans for Backyard Fun
Father and Son Playing Hockey in Backyard, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Enjoy Winter by Building Your Own Backyard Ice-Skating Rink
A she shed with patio and table
What a She Shed Is—and What One Can Do for You
Slide at playground
How to Build a DIY Slide in Your Backyard
Playground in grassy yard
How to Build a DIY Playground for Hours of Outdoors, at-Home Fun
An outdoor table with metal chairs
18 DIY Outdoor Table Plans You're Going to Love
Stone retaining wall with creeping phlox growing on top of it.
How to Build a DIY Stone Retaining Wall Without Mortar
raised garden bed with legs
How to Build a Raised Garden Bed With Legs
Four friends enjoying a day at the pool.
Electrical Code Requirements for Swimming Pools & Spas
Block retaining wall.
How to Build a Retaining Wall With Blocks
cat and wood retaining wall
How to Build a Wood Retaining Wall
Garden shed with lounge chairs, a dining table, and lots of green shrubs.
How to Build a Sturdy Shed Foundation
A brown birdhouse mounted on a post.
Building a Birdhouse Is the Perfect Spring Activity—Here's How to Do It
playhouse in the backyard
10 Great Home Projects for Spring
Porch Swing
How to Build a Porch Swing
Window blue color flower basket box decoration on summer day with architecture in Charleston, South Carolina
How to Build a Window Box Planter
Freestanding garden trellis covered in plants
Learn How to Build a Garden Trellis
Dog house
How to Build a Dog House
Screened In Porch DIY
How to Screen in a Porch
Circular fire pit with gray stones surrounding flame and pea gravel covering area
How to Build a Firepit
A-frame log cabin
7 Free DIY Cabin Plans
gazebo
Free Plans to Help You Build a Wooden Gazebo
Wood patio furniture with white cushions and patterned throw pillows surrounded by trees
10 DIY Patio Furniture Plans
Rippap Barrier on Lake Michigan Shoreline in Evanston
Estimating and Installation Tips for Ripraps Barriers to Prevent Erosion
Cement Block Wall
How to Build a Cinder Block Wall
Treehouse
13 Amazing (and DIY-Able) Tree Houses for Kids
Outdoor porch with brick floor and white hammock hanging between wall and column
Everything You Need to Know About a Porch
Screened Front Porch
How to Build a Screened-in Porch From Scratch
Installing outdoor tile
How to Install Outdoor Tile
Installing Patio Pavers
How to Lay Patio Pavers
Person power-washing a deck
Quickly Clean a Deck by Pressure Washing
overhead view of a wooden deck
How to Sand Your Wood Deck Before Refinishing
Backyard deck
Easy Steps for Sealing Your Deck With Thompson's WaterSeal
Wooden table, chairs and fruit and vegetables in plant pots on patio decking in garden
Essential Steps and Tips for Refinishing a Wood Deck
Floating Deck
How to Build Your Own Floating Wood Deck With Concrete Blocks
two brick basket weave flooring
The Basket Weave Brick Pattern Makes an Easy Patio for Beginners