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Reader Project: DIY Backyard Oasis

This backyard oasis has it all: a pergola, fire pit, outdoor kitchen and more. It is the perfect space for reader Juan Zetino to relax with family and friends.

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DIY backyard oasisPhoto: Courtesy of Juan Zetino

Backyard Oasis

Family time is important to Juan Zetino. He has served our country with numerous deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and Japan. So he wanted to build an oasis to reconnect with his family. “My inspiration came from reading The Family Handyman and other publications. It took me about six to eight months to complete this project, with planning being the most important aspect.” – Juan

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DIY pergolaPhoto: Courtesy of Juan Zetino


Juan built this pergola over a stone patio to help provide shade on those hot summer days.

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DIY outdoor kitchenPhoto: Courtesy of Juan Zetino

Outdoor Kitchen

Since Juan’s family spends so much time outdoors, their backyard would not be complete without an outdoor kitchen,  The kitchen island was built with heavy-gauge steel studs, backer board, a stucco finish and a tile countertop. Check out how to tune up your grill.

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outdoor kitchen sinkPhoto: Courtesy of Juan Zetino

Outdoor Sink

For added convenience, Juan equipped the kitchen with running water. Click here to find out how to install an outdoor faucet.

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DIY fire pitPhoto: Courtesy of Juan Zetino

Backyard Path

Juan incorporated an outdoor path that brings family and friends together at a small fire pit in the center. It’s a great place to gather and enjoy the great weather.

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DIY backyard oasisPhoto: Courtesy of Juan Zetino

Fire Pit

This fire pit was crafted with natural stones and mortar. The Adirondack chairs are the perfect accent—and make the fire pit space a relaxing place to unwind.

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DIY Covered jacuzziPhoto: Courtesy of Juan Zetino

Backyard Pavilion

A pavilion was built over the hot tub to provide privacy and protection from the elements, while allowing Juan and his family to enjoy the view of his backyard. Check out this similar project: an outdoor living room.

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backyard patioPhoto: Courtesy of Juan Zetino

Privacy Screen

A corrugated metal panel was used to create this unique privacy screen. The metal is tough, light weight and weather resistant.

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DIY deckPhoto: Courtesy of Juan Zetino

Wood Deck

This ground-level wood deck is finished in a bright color, and Juan added a barrel bar table, a love seat and an outdoor coffee table.

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recycled wine barrel tablePhoto: Courtesy of Juan Zetino

Fold-Down Shelf

This wall-mounted shelf with a fold-down feature is great for entertaining guests. Plus: Build this round picnic table.