When it comes to DIY home projects, inexpensive does not have to equal inconsequential. For less than $100, you can create custom light fixtures, build accent walls, update your floors, or design one-of-a-kind decor. Budget home projects can make a big difference, as proven by this bunch of crafty bloggers.View Slideshow
Outdoor structures contribute to a comfortable and stylish retreat. Browse this collection of gazebos, pergolas, and arbors to find your favorite patio designs.
This pergola matches the white patio furniture's simple style and creates a striking focal point against the dark green backdrop of trees.
The western exposure of this outdoor space meant that guests sizzled on hot days. The solution? A pergola--one that matches the scale of the large house and the sprawling backyard--provides some shady relief.
This pergola, surrounded by a dense hedge, is perched above the lap pool. A structure like this one designates a casual sitting area.
A gazebo provides a shady gathering place after a swim or the perfect place to dine outdoors with friends while soaking up the environment. This one--with a cedar shake roof, overhead-light ceiling fan, and open-air walls--is floored in stone and raised 2 feet above the concrete pool apron to add drama to the focal point.
A pergola can welcome visitors or mark the borders of an outdoor space. Here, grapevines lush with blooms and greenery climb around this pergola, which marks the end of the deck.
An arbor provides the perfect spot for climbing roses and annual vines. Good old-fashioned hand construction integrates this new structure with the vintage farmhouse for a seamless transition between home and outdoor living areas.
In this deck, a pergola adds architectural interest to the outdoor eating area. The structure also is a prime spot for plantings; lush foliage peeks between lattice panels.
A rectangular pergola is a classic patio design solution. This long, white-painted pergola visually connects the house and surrounding landscape.
Use an outdoor structure to invite guests into a backyard retreat. Set at the garden's entrance, this rose-covered arbor fills a sunny spot, hinting at the inviting, relaxing spaces that lie beyond.
Structures can help define the paths between outdoor rooms. Here, a 5-foot-wide arbor-framed walkway runs the length of the yard, its columns made from 6-foot-10-inch stucco columns.
This rustic arbor made from distressed cedar emphasizes the patio's natural feel and contrasts with the texture of the stone.
Flowers can take center stage when densely draped over garden structures. Here, pale-tone flowers form a comforting canopy for a relaxing stroll to the peaceful seating area beyond.