Outdoor Spaces: Backyards, Decks, Patios, Porches & Terraces
Outdoor rooms are an attractive option for gaining a little extra living space and providing a useful multi-purpose area for family fun, friendly get-togethers, and playtime. Country Living shows how to design the right open-air rooms for your needs, with page after page of ideas for setting up a relaxing haven, an upbeat entertaining spot, or even a romantic retreat. From quick and easy fix-ups--such as placing a chair and table in a shady corner--to elaborate layouts involving furniture, plants, and lighting, there’s something here for every size backyard and budget. Smart tips offer ways to cut down on maintenance, choose a garden style that enhances the house, establish focal points, handle awkwardly shaped yards, add walkways and arbors, and select eye-catching plants.
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