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Yardbird Transforms Ocean Trash Into Patio Furniture

These stylish and eco-friendly pieces are made of plastic retrieved from the ocean!


Prepping to Stain Like a Pro

Nick Slavik demonstrates how to prep and clean two very different decks—one old and weathered, and one brand-new pine— in anticipation of restaining and finishing with two very different coatings from Behr.


How to Repair Rising Deck Boards

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps diagnose a problem with composite decking coming loose

Building a Deck? Read This!

Whether you're a skilled DIYer or plan to hire a pro, our expert tips will help you plan smart for a deck that fits your wallet, and your family's lifestyle

Add a Drainage System Under Raised Decks

Keep the area dry for storage or added living space

The TOH Guide to Decks

Kick off the warm season with the ultimate hangout spot

Apprentice Diaries: Deck Demolition

The Generation NEXT apprentices are learning new techniques. Check out the latest from the jobsite!

Idea House 2017 | Building a Deck at the Beach House

A behind-the-scenes look at the progress of TOH's Idea House in Rhode Island, as told by builder Jeff Sweenor


Build It | Cedar Deck Box Planter

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a deck box planter using western red cedar.


Ask This Old House: Tom Silva’s Greatest Deck Hits

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps homeowners fix, build, and maintain their backyard decks

How to Add a Little Mood Lighting to Your Deck

Use energy-efficient LEDs to cast a warm glow on the deck, stairs, and trees, and you can extend the party (safely) into the night


How to Install Fiesta String Lights

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner install fiesta string lights to get the party started in Texas

Simple Steps to Get Your Deck Ready for the Season

Before you hit the deck, give it a little TLC with these pro tips


How to Install a Shade Sail

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor has two simple sun-blocking solutions for keeping a deck and home cool during the summer


How to Install a Cable Deck Railing

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva installs a cable railing on a deck in Greenwich Village, New York

From Plain to Period-Perfect Back Porch

A healthy dose of Craftsman detail and a cheerful color palette give a new back porch front-and-center personality

Deck Safety Checklist

7 signs that it's time to repair or replace your deck

How to Revive a Beat-Up Deck

Coat cracked and dried-out boards with sand-impregnated paint to bring them back to life

All About Hardwood Decking

Ipe is the gold standard, but plenty of other species stack up quite nicely on looks and longevity, often at a lower price


How to Restore a Deck

Follow the prep instructions carefully and paint on a specialty coating to preserve weathered boards for years to come

16 Ways to Customize Your Deck

16 upgrades and add-ons to create a more attractive and usable backyard deck

Exterior Wood Staining Made Simple

Your guide to beautifying decks, railing, furniture, and other exterior home details

17 Stunning Decks to Inspire Your Backyard Transformation

Think outside the standard wood platform with smart design ideas for a range of settings and budgets


How to Pour a Concrete Deck Footing

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to dig and pour concrete supports

Turn the Backyard Into Your Favorite Summer Destination

17 DIY ways to create a more beautiful and relaxing outdoor space


How to Replace Deck Stair Balusters

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares some tricks of the trade for accurately cutting and assembling railing supports


How to Safely Attach a Deck to a House

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to save a wood deck from a catastrophic collapse

How to Build a Durable Backyard Retreat

Composite decking is a beautiful, high performance, and environmentally-friendly way to create the outdoor oasis you've always wanted

With Deck and Patio, a Backyard Fully Built for Family

Forget grass: For this young family, a handsome wood deck that steps down to a brick patio comprises the ideal chilling, cooking, playing, and entertaining space


How to Choose a Deck Finish

In this instructional video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor discuss picking the perfect wood-deck finish

28 Easy Summer Weekend Projects

Our most popular seasonal ideas, all in one place! Do it yourself today

Read This Before You Build Your Deck

Don't lift a finger without our time-tested guidance on making all the right choices for this popular outdoor project