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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 Build a Grilling Station

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

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