Decks and More

Design the outdoor gathering place you've always wanted.

Multilevel Design

Create separate spaces within your deck to give a multidimensional appearance. Build in stepped stairs and seating areas in various locations to add a layer of architectural interest. For more outdoor room ideas, read "Outdoor Rooms to Live In All Summer."

Outdoor Retreats

Create an outdoor haven that's just right for your home and yard. Check out the article "Patio Retreats" for inspiring ideas.

Screened-In Style

Thinking of adding on outdoor space? Do you want a deck or a courtyard, a sunroom or a screened porch? Start the decision-making process with the ideas in "Select a Style."

Light & Bright

Dreaming of a light, open indoor space? A well-thought-out sunroom can go a long way toward make it happen. Check out our tips and ideas in "Bring In the Sun."

Materials of Substance

Build your deck to last by choosing materials that are right for your climate and for the amount of time you can spend maintaining it. We've collected the info you need, including cost comparisons, in "The Durable Deck."

Patterns with Punch

As you decorate your porch or patio, bring the floor into the picture with a unique painted design like these diamonds. For complete how-tos and more floor-style ideas, read "Outdoor Floor Projects."

Ride the Rails

Safety and style go hand in hand when you select porch railings that enhance both the look and function of your deck or porch. What style is right for you? Take a look at "Deck Rail Ideas" for inspiration.

Protected Porch

Do mosquitoes, raindrops, and wind keep you from enjoying your open porch as much as you'd like? Get step-by-step directions for making it a more comfortable space in "Screen a Porch."

Fancy Floor

Add pizzazz to your entryway with this floor-pattern project. Design it yourself and cut linoleum to fit your space and decor. See how easy it is in "Porch Floor Fixups."

Outdoor Living

Your porch can easily do double duty as living or dining area if you add a few inside-outside accessories. For help in bringing out all the comforts of home, check out "Tips for Creating a Pretty Porch."

Clean Sweep

Deck pros recommend cleaning your deck thoroughly at least twice a year, and sweeping off debris as often as you would on your kitchen floor. Find more longevity advice in "Protect Your Deck."

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