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8 Outdoor Projects You Can Do Yourself

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and your backyard beckons! To help you make the best of the summer months, we've rounded up eight of our best outdoor projects that will give you a DIY space you'll never want to leave.

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Build a Garden ShedFamily Handyman

Build a Garden Shed

Who says functional storage can't be beautiful? Whether your style is Craftsman, modern or country, you'll find a garden shed to make all your storage dreams come true. Check out our extensive library of shed plans, complete with the materials, steps and tools you'll need for success. Plus: If you're feeling festive check out this multi-purpose pub-shed, which does double-duty when it comes to backyard parties.
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Give Your Deck New LifeFamily Handyman

Give Your Deck New Life

Before you write off your old deck, consider a deck rescue. Chances are you have a beautiful structure underneath all those seasons of use—all you need is a little DIY skill and some elbow grease to bring it out.
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Cook With GasSimon Kadula/shutterstock

Cook With Gas

Never worry about running out of propane again. We'll show you how to make the conversion to natural gas with a specialized conversion kit. With a new gas line and a few days time, you'll be cooking with gas. Plus: How to Tune-Up Your Outdoor Grill
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Build a Fire RingFamily Handyman

Build a Fire Ring

Safe, durable and cozy on a cool summer's night, we'll show you how to build a stone fire ring that will be the center of family gatherings for years to come. Whether you're hosting a cookout, campfire jam session or just taking in the stars, this attractive feature will be the highlight of your yard. If you're ready to go for the gusto, consider a brick fire-pit for a more substantial effect.
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Self-Watering PlanterFamily Handyman

Self-Watering Planter

If you love the taste of fresh veggies and have ever lost a crop because you forgot to water, this DIY solution is for you. Add a self-watering planter to your list of outdoor projects this summer and never worry about forgetting to water the plants again. It's great for flowers too! Plus: Tips for Easier Gardening
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Do Some HardscapingFamily Handyman

Do Some Hardscaping

If you're ready to look beyond container gardening, construct a raised garden bed to show-off all your perennial garden favorites. Build to any height you desire, but it can also double as natural seating for your next backyard barbecue. Plus: Build a Garden Storage Box
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Answer the Call of the WaterFamily Handyman

Answer the Call of the Water

Answer the soothing call of water as it trickles in your own backyard. If you're ready to add outdoor projects with wow-factor to your yard, this is it. This DIY water garden stream uses pre-formed shells for ease of construction, and the result is a stunning feature that is part pond, part waterfall—and all parts awesome. If a full pond isn't in your budget, consider this handy pond in a box, which will fit small spaces beautifully.
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A Screened-In PatioFamily Handyman

A Screened-In Patio

For those who love the allure of the outdoors at night, but just can't handle the bugs, this is the icing on the outdoor projects cake. Our screened-in post and beam patio with removable awning can protect you from the elements while providing ample space to roam. Plus: Build a Victorian Screen House