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How to Remove Paint from Concrete

Nothing ruins the look of a concrete patio, driveway, or walkway like a paint stain. Whether it’s a fresh spill or paint baking in the sun for years, this guide on removing paint from concrete will help. It contains tips on products and techniques for saying good riddance to ugly paint stains on your concrete surfaces.

Planning for a Pergola: What to Know Before You Install One

This versatile open-air structure can define an outdoor room, provide light shade, and add privacy while enhancing the look of your home. Here’s what to consider when adding one

The 5 Best Wind Chimes (2022 Review)

A wind chime adds a peaceful ambiance to your outdoor space. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best wind chimes on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

How to Build a Grilling Station

Create extra storage and work surface from garden accessories and sheet metal.

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How to Build a Brick Patio

Laying a beautiful brick patio with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

11 Unique Balcony Ideas and Designs

Turn your balcony into a stunning place to relax with these creative and decorative balcony design ideas.

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How to Extend a Patio

If you’re looking to extend an outdoor patio but don’t know where to start, watch as mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner expand her concrete patio area while creating a modern look.

14 Best Pergola Lighting Ideas

Entertain or just relax with these illuminating ideas for your pergola or other outdoor living space.

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How to Upgrade a Concrete Urban Patio

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook transforms an old, ugly city slab into an urban oasis

The 5 Best Hammocks (2022 Review)

Hammocks are a relaxing way to read a book, use a laptop, or enjoy the outdoors. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best hammocks on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various furniture stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Best Patio Umbrellas (2022 Review)

Patio umbrellas come in a range of colors, sizes, materials, and prices to meet the needs of every yard and homeowner. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best patio umbrellas on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

10 DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas

Here are 10 ideas for deck and patio furniture you can make yourself—for both beginner and experienced woodworkers.

The 4 Best Electric Pressure Washers (2022 Review)

Designed to wash siding, decks, gutters, cars, sidewalks, and more, electric pressure washers are versatile, lightweight cleaning machines. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the four best pressure washers on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

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How to Install a Metal Railing

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough installs a custom metal railing using anchoring cement

16 Pergola Ideas to Enhance Your Backyard

Add dynamic definition to your landscape with a stylish structure sure to enhance how you enjoy your outdoor space.

The 4 Best Pressure Washers (2022 Review)

Pressure washers deliver a powerful pressurized stream of water to remove dirt, dust, mud, mold, and paint from a variety of surfaces. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the four best pressure washers on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

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How to Install a Sliding Glass Door

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to open up a wall for a large glass slider

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How to Install Concrete Pavers

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough helps an expecting couple install a concrete paver patio.

Patio and Pathway Inspiration

Update your patio, build a new walkway, or install a fire pit for yard that’s perfect for summer shindigs.

Inspiring Sunroom Decorating Ideas

See these decorative sunroom ideas to maximize your light-filled oasis.

Finding Sliding Door Replacement Parts

We show you how to identify a sliding glass door manufacturer, how to order replacement parts, and the best way to care for your doors.

Adding plantings along a brick walkway
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How to Anchor Hardscaping with Plants | This Old House: Live

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada helps out a friend with some plantings that work well with a winding, brick walkway.

How to Build a Stunning Pergola

Pergolas provide shade for your patio and can add an element of design to your backyard. Read this to learn how to build a pergola in your yard.

All About Patios

A new patio is one of the most DIY-friendly home improvement projects you can think of.

How to Make Leaf-Shaped Pavers

Create a one-of-a-kind garden path by making sand molds with oversize leaves—like the rhubarb here—and casting the shapes in concrete

TLC for Wood Patio Furniture

Even though outdoor furniture is typically made of resilient hardwoods or naturally rot-resistant softwoods, it’s not immune to the elements. Here’s how to keep your deck or patio set in top form

Backyard Before and After: A New Patio Made of Old Brick

TOH fan Michael Bendell, installed a Nest Security Cam in his backyard. It wasn't long before he discovered that his home-security upgrade was also a great way to track the progress of his deck-to-patio transformation

Create a Rock-Garden Patio

Get this look! Learn how adding a rock garden and fire pit can give your yard a lift

Create a Provence-Inspired Patio

South-of-France flair meets casual West Coast style in this open-air dining room that’s equal parts elegant and easygoing

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How to Install a Natural Stone Patio with Fire Pit

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada installs a bluestone patio with a reclaimed granite fire pit

How to Build a Catio

Use basic cedar lumber to create a screened-in patio space that gives cats a breath of fresh air while keeping them close to home

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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