Yard and Garden Structures

Learn how to build and maintain outdoor structures with these projects, tips and ideas for sheds, fences, pergolas, arbors, storm shelters and tree houses.

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17 Great Tips for Landscaping Your Backyard

Adding walls and paths made of stone or brick to your landscape transforms it into something truly special. Here's a collection of pro building tricks for easier, faster and better path and wall construction for creating your dream landscape.

How to Build a Retaining Wall

The simplest, cheapest, back-friendliest retaining wall in history.


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12 Exterior Home Trends You Can Forget About

See what's going on in exterior home trends so you can create more curb appeal for your home.


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10 Common Things a Homeowner Can Be Fined For

Here's a look at things that can lead to sometimes hefty fines, depending on local laws and covenants, along with...


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How to Install a Paver Patio Base

Let plastic paver patio base panels take the place of the gravel base to eliminate tons of labor.

Landscaping: Tips for Your Backyard

Adding walls and paths to your landscape transforms it into something truly special. Here's a collection of pro building tricks...


Build a Flagstone and Stone Block Patio

Construct a poured concrete and stone patio with a curved stone wall.

How to Build a Stone Fire Ring

Build this backyard fire pit with retaining wall blocks.


Planning a Backyard Path: Gravel Paths

Attractive, inexpensive and easy to build


How to Build a Low-Maintenance Water Feature

Construct a simple (one-weekend!) stone and gravel fountain that needs almost no maintenance.


A Paver Path that Grows

This easy-to-build paver path will last a lifetime and looks great too!

Build a Backyard Waterfall and Stream

This cascading stream flows into a gravel bed, not a pond, so it stays clean with little maintenance.


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How To Build a Stone and Brick Patio for Your Backyard

We'll tell you how to build a beautiful, durable patio from stone and brick.


How to Make a Stepping Stone

Learn how to make attractive stepping stones using this do-it-yourself approach


How to Build a Stone Path

Build this simple path with sand, stone and lots of muscle


How to Build a Stone Path and Steps

Modular blocks let you build like a master mason—even on slopes

How to Build a Wooden Boardwalk

Create a boardwalk in your back yard


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How to Build a Pergola

Get more shade with this low-maintenance retreat.


How to Choose the Right Retaining Wall Material

Learn the pros and cons of stone, wood and concrete block retaining walls


How to Build a Post and Beam Pavilion

Does it seem like whenever you want to spend your day off outside, the weather foils your plans? Rain and...


Reader Project: Stone Shed

Tim Caudill added a twist to the Streamlined Garden Shed from the July/Aug '08 issue of Family Handyman, and created...


Reader Project: Massive Backyard Stone Fireplace

David Peyton built this fireplace from 15 tons of assorted masonry: concrete, stone, block and firebrick. But there’s no mortar to...


Inspirational Ideas and Materials for Designing the Perfect Patio

Patios are made for relaxing. Trying to find the perfect look for your patio shouldn't be stressful. Here are ten...


How to Make Cake-Frosting Stepping-Stones

Make just one of these fun, functional, inexpensive stepping-stones and you'll be hooked. Plus, they make great gifts!

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How to Build a Stone Fountain

Bring the splash and sparkle of falling water to your yard in just one weekend.


Fountain: How to Build a Concrete Fountain

Carving stone requires years of training, extraordinary skill and endless patience—or you can cheat and use power tools.


How to Build a Garden Path

This easy-to-build natural stone path will last a lifetime