Deck and Patio

Get projects, tips and ideas for building and improving your deck and patio using stone, concrete, pavers and outdoor furniture.

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15 Gorgeous Deck and Patio Ideas You Can DIY

Stop dreaming about your perfect deck or patio and start planning. Take a look at some of our favorite projects, and then build one (or more!) in your backyard.

13 Best Patio and Deck Cleaners

To get your deck or patio ready for summer, give it a good scrub-down. Using the right patio or deck...


Best Patio Shade Sails and Ideas

Our favorite patio shade sails make all your backyard oasis dreams come true!


How to Build Deck Stairs

Calculating the step dimensions, laying out stringers and building a sturdy set of deck stairs.


What Is an Awning? What To Know Before You Buy

These roof extensions provide shade and shelter for relaxing on your back deck or unlocking your front door. Here's what...

10 Inspiring Deck Designs

Whether wood or composite, decks offer a place to relax, soak up the sun and entertain while also adding value...


Buyer’s Guide To Outdoor Benches for Your Backyard

A properly placed outdoor bench evokes thoughts of pleasant days taking in the sights and sounds — even if you...

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How to Clean Your Charcoal Grill

The secret to a successful cookout is a clean grill. Here's how to get your charcoal grill in tip top...


8 Creative Floating Deck Designs

If you want a deck without the hassle of digging and pouring deep footings, check out these great-looking floating deck...


3 Types of Patio Doors

A great patio door is simple to use, enhances the overall style of your home and allows easy access to...


How to Build Custom Composite Benches

Here's how to build maintenance-free seating out of framing lumber and composite decking.

How to Build a Composite Boardwalk and Accent Walls

Lead friends and family into your backyard with a beautiful, maintenance free boardwalk and accent walls that you can build...


Upgrade Your Backyard with Gabion and Stucco Walls

Give your backyard a new look with these two DIY projects.


5 Ways to Turn Your Patio into a Living Room

The best outdoor spaces feel like an extension of the house. If you’re looking for extra living space, or just...


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Homeowner’s Guide To Composite Decking

Composite decking has had more than 20 years to evolve. If you're considering it for your deck project, here's an...


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10 Deck Railing Design Ideas

Give your home's exterior a facelift with these distinctive deck railing ideas from Instagram.

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Family Handyman Approved: Snow Joe Cordless Snow Blower

Clearing the driveway is a chore, but it’s one you'll actually look forward to with...


Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers

Our favorite seasoned adventurers recommend gift ideas big and small, including camp stoves, a jeweler's loupe and THE best travel...


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What To Do With Outdoor Patio Furniture During Winter

Harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on outdoor furniture. We asked an expert for tips on what to do with...


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How and Where to Store Outdoor Patio Cushions

Learning how to store outdoor patio cushions significantly enhances your outdoor space without adding a lot of time to your...


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How to Easily Clean an Outdoor Rug

Your outdoor rug should be cleaned just like an indoor rug or carpet. Here’s how to do it.


A Grand Tour of the Family Handyman Getaway

Take a look inside the Family Handyman Getaway vacation home.


Shop the Getaway

Shop the Getaway look for your own home.


Lowe’s Labor Day Sales You Won’t Want to Miss

Celebrate the season at Lowe's Labor Day Sale with special values on everything you need to get your home and...

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10 Things To Do To Prepare Your Deck or Patio For Fall

You've been enjoying your deck or patio throughout the summer, but now the weather's changing. Here are 10 tips to...


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If You See This Pattern on Your Porch, This Is What It Means

This peculiar squiggly pattern is caused by a certain type of garden pest. Learn why they do it and how...


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8 Tips and Products for Cleaning Composite Decking

If you use your deck a lot or are planning an outdoor party, you may be wondering how to clean...


8 Best Pressure Washer Attachments

Want to enhance your pressure washer game? These eight pressure washer attachments turn a great tool into a can't-live-without-it workhorse.


6 Best Patio Awning Ideas

Make your patio more fun and functional by adding an awning. The protection and privacy make your patio everyone's favorite...


Pergola vs. Gazebo: What’s the Difference?

Find out which one might be the better option for your home.