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11 Outdoor Project Ideas with Plans

Improve your outdoor spaces no matter your budget, time or skill level with these projects from The Family Handyman. Browse the following 11 showstoppers and get started on one today.

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Flagstone and Stone Block PatioFamily Handyman

Flagstone and Stone Block Patio

The curved wall of this project adds an impressive design element, and it's the perfect height for a cozy seat around a fire pit. This outdoor project is a big one, but you can do it yourself with these plans.

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Planter Trellis ComboFamily Handyman

Planter Trellis Combo

Create a living privacy screen. These plans feature a simple planter and trellis planter made with bamboo. You can do it in a weekend for about $100.
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Screen HouseFamily Handyman

Screen House

This stand-alone screen house is the perfect warm-weather hangout. Here you'll find detailed plans for creating this amazing outdoor project.

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Rain GardenFamily Handyman

Rain Garden

A rain garden is easy to build, reduces yard maintenance and even helps the environment. Follow these simple plans to put one in your yard.
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Wooden Bench for LessFamily Handyman

Wooden Bench for Less

Need some extra seating for an upcoming outdoor get-together? You can build this super-simple DIY outdoor bench in just a few hours!
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Grill GazeboFamily Handyman

Grill Gazebo

Impress guests at your next barbecue with this gazebo for your grill. Build the structure with these plans; then customize it with additional storage features, lighting and more!

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Install Outdoor Lighting and an Extra OutletFamily Handyman

Install Outdoor Lighting and an Extra Outlet

Add a charming outdoor light plus an easy-to-access outlet anywhere in your yard! Here are the step-by-step plans.

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Low-Maintenance Water FeatureFamily Handyman

Low-Maintenance Water Feature

Low maintenance is key with this outdoor water feature. Once it's built, there's little to do but sit back and enjoy it! Here's how to do it.

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Stone PathFamily Handyman

Stone Path

Asymmetrical flagstone gives this path a natural look. You'll need some gravel, sand, flagstone and preferably a helper or two. Find tips and instructions here.

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Cedar Potting BenchFamily Handyman

Cedar Potting Bench

This super-simple potting bench will make your gardening projects much more enjoyable — and it'll help you stay organized, too! Get the plans here.
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