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Vintage Screen-Door Charm on a Budget

Add wood stock details to a simple door for a handsome upgrade

14 Design Ideas for Pleasant Patios

Now's the time to fling open those doors and transform even a simple patio

4 Outdoor Lighting Upgrades for Summer Entertaining

Brighten your outdoor space with lights and laughter

How to Weatherproof Furniture

Save money by prepping furniture with these weather-guarding hacks

Create a French Country Patio

Say oui! to a summer spent outdoors with salvage-style furniture and colorful vintage touches

Pick The Perfect Patio Stone

Suggestions for making this hardscape surface choice easy


How to Repair an Uneven Bluestone Patio

Resetting heaved stones with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook


How to Build a Round Patio with a Fire Pit

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook builds beautiful circular patio that features a chill-chasing fire pit

How to Make Mason Jar Patio Lights

These charming lanterns brighten an evening barbecue spread, and they're a cinch to make from supplies you can pick up at the home center.

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

Building Blocks for a Perfect Patio

The experts at This Old House give pointers on picking the right surface to suit your patio's function, its surroundings, and your budget

Inside Job: A Queen Anne's Seamless Addition

Unseen from the street, a rear addition allows a Victorian-era house to gain more light, better flow, and a family-friendly open plan

How to Repair Aluminum Patio Chairs

A pro shows how to extend the life of your sling patio chairs

Concrete Paver Styles

Pavers come in many shapes, detailed to suit almost any architecture, and can transform a ho-hum outdoor space into a handsome and durable expression of your taste.

Concrete Paver Materials

With varying colors, textures, and shapes, there's a paver for every landscape. Here are a few of our favorite looks

How to Install Pavers

Whether you do it yourself or hire someone for the job, here's what has to happen


How to Lay a Bluestone Patio

A natural-looking broken-stone patio provides a gathering place in an organic landscape.

How to Renew Concrete Surfaces

Renewing a worn concrete surface can be done without a jackhammer or bulldozer


How to Build a Small Deck

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to build a simple entry-level deck.


How to Install a Bluestone Patio

In this how-to video, learn how to lay a beautiful bluestone patio with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook


How to Repair a Brick Patio

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook rescues a sunken brick patio

How to Install a Gorgeous Waterfront Patio

Rough-hewn slabs of native rock make a patio and stairs that are at home in the landscape

Plants for Paths and Patio Edges

Low-growing, tough-underfoot plants soften the edges of garden paths and patios

Adjusting Your Sliding Door

A little attention before there's a problem will help keep your sliding door on track.

Lay an Appealing Brick Patio

You don't have to hire a skilled mason to get a flat, uniformly handsome brick patio that stays that way.

Build a Slate Patio

Build a beautiful slate patio in hours—not days

How to Lay a Stone Patio

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to work with this durable material

Pulling Up Patio Pavers

How to remove a patio block without disturbing the others around it