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Outdoor Living 550 Stories

Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. To do that you have to actually go outside. But if your home lacks an enticing outdoor living space, there’s little incentive to venture out. Outdoor living is seeing a bit of an explosion lately: Adding a...
Natural Swimming Pools: More Beauty, No Chemicals
Summer’s heat is not far behind the bursting of spring blooms and windy rains. This summer imagine yourself cooling off by floating in a backyard pool that feels immersed in nature. Natural swimming pools use plants or a combination of plants...
How to Get a Pizza Oven for the Patio
We are all familiar with the big masonry oven at the neighborhood Italian restaurant that yields the tastiest, piping-hot pizza we could wish for. We may even have a friend who built a pizza oven right into a new kitchen. But did you know that you can...
Find the Right Glass Door for Your Patio
The large glass patio door hasn't been around for very long. It took modern manufacturing techniques to make it affordable. But what was once the province of the wealthy and aristocratic is now available in a wide variety of styles for every home. From...
A Dynamic Backyard Design Embraces Its Urban Setting
During the first eight months Erica Taggart and Cory Eicher lived in their Brooklyn Heights, New York City, home, their backyard experienced the homeowner’s equivalent of Newton’s first law: A neglected yard will remain unused until acted on by an...
Good Fences, Good Neighbors — and Good Views
Good fences make good neighbors, Robert Frost instructed. Good fences can make even better neighbors when they keep the vistas and sight lines open, even as they establish a boundary. The fences below masterfully set property or area limits while maintaining...
Room of the Day: Pool House Welcomes Guests in Style
When you live somewhere that people love to visit, and you like to entertain, what better solution than a pool house with an outdoor kitchen that doubles as the guest quarters? The team at Acorn Garden...
Small Gem Lawns: More Impact From Less Grass
Backyard lawns often have been the background music in the garden, the understated foil to flower borders, trees and shrubs. Today, however, people are rethinking the notion of the sprawling, wall-to-wall, nondescript lawn. Not...
10 Simple Ways to Personalize Your Front Entry
You can make your front yard a welcoming prelude to your house any number of ways, from simple outdoor decor to architectural features. Potted plants provide bursts of color, outdoor furniture is inviting and neighborly, and a range of landscaping...
Inside Houzz: A Waterfront Property Ditches the Grass for a Garden
From the day she bought her house in California’s Marin County, Windi Heaton imagined seeing every sunset on her back deck, surrounded by friends, the water and a lush, native landscape. Heaton’s backyard overlooks one of the many lagoons in the small...
Once a Barren Rooftop, Now a Serene City Getaway
A lush garden isn’t out of reach in the heart of New York City. Landscape designer Todd Haiman turned a barren rooftop into a serene escape, complete with a dining and grilling area, a daybed, an outdoor shower and plants galore. Careful planning made...
Does Your Landscape Need a Little ‘Cosmic Latte’?
A neutral color palette creates a calm and stylish environment in our homes and provides a harmonious backdrop for furniture and decorations. Can the neutrality of beige and its various cousins do the same in garden design, allowing us to create a compelling...
28 Outdoor Projects Everyone Should Know About
For many Americans, fall is when the scorching summer temperatures finally ease to allow comfortable outdoor living. For others it’s a time to start planning for outdoor projects for spring. Either way, there’s a lot you can do to make your outdoor...
My Houzz: A Modern-Day Homestead Brings a Family Together
Modern family life can feel like a never-ending whirlwind of conflicting schedules, work and outside activities that scatter family members hither and yon. For the Beck family of Poulsbo, Washington, bringing the family together means making the most...
Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day!
Did you know August 30 is National Toasted Marshmallow Day in the U.S.? Some call it National Marshmallow Toasting Day. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a good excuse to bust out the s’mores and get gooey with your family and friends. After all,...