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Outdoor Living

Decking Materials Beyond Basic Lumber Learn about softwoods, tropical hardwoods, composites and more for decks, including pros, cons and costs

Key Measurements for Designing Your Perfect Patio Get the right dimensions to fit your bistro table, dining area, backyard fire pit, grill or outdoor kitchen

See the Difference a New Back Deck Can Make A dramatic 2-story porch becomes the centerpiece of this Ohio family’s renovated landscape

What to Know About Adding a Deck Want to increase your living space and enjoy the open air more? Learn the requirements, costs and other considerations for building a deck

10 Ideas to Make Your Outdoor Kitchen Sizzle It's the little things that can make a difference, and we're not talking briquettes

10 Reasons to Cook and Eat Outdoors This Summer Meals prepared and eaten outside feel special. They’re easier on the cooking and cleanup crew too

Food Temperature Chart Doneness of meat should always be determined using an instant-read meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat and away from the bone.

How to Cook Up Plans for a Deluxe Outdoor Kitchen Here’s what to think about when designing your ultimate alfresco culinary space

How to Get an Outdoor Kitchen of Your Own New project for a new year: Build a cooking space for your yard or patio to make entertaining a breeze

Tips for an Outdoor Kitchen That Lets You Enjoy the Party Be part of the fun with an outdoor kitchen where you can mingle with guests, prep with ease and cook to your heart's content

See How Outdoor Seating Areas Can Inspire You to Get Outside Explore your options with these 10 design ideas from enticing gardens, patios and balconies

3 Ways to Bring the Heat to Outdoor Living Spaces Here's what to know about surviving winter's bite with an outdoor fireplace, fire pit or heat lamp

10 Reasons to Get a Fire Pit On the fence about adding one? Find out the benefits and which type is right for you

10 Things to Know About Buying a Fire Pit for Your Yard Here’s what to consider about material, style, fuel type, location, cost and safety when adding an outdoor fire pit

Bring On the S'mores With These 10 Smoke-Free Fire Pit Ideas These fire features help take the party outside while keeping the air clear

Eco-Friendly Fire Pits: Casting Backyard Campfires in a New Light Wood burning may be discouraged - even illegal in places - but that needn't mean forsaking the firepit. Try one of these alternatives

How to Make a Stacked Stone Fire Pit See how to build a cozy outdoor gathering place for less than $500

Outdoor Rooms: Take a Seat by the Fire Pit 10 stylish pairings of fire pits and seating set the mood for summer

Spring Patio Fix-Ups: Install an Outdoor Fireplace or Fire Pit Make your yard the place to be by adding a fire feature that draws a crowd

Trending Now: 15 Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces to Warm Up By These cozy outdoor spaces invite you to linger even after the sun has set

Trending: Outdoor Rooms That Invite You to Gather Around the Fire Fire bowls, built-in fireplaces and stacked stone fire pits feature in the most popular outdoor photos in summer 2018

Your Patio: The Beauty of a Firepit, Without The Smoke A crackling fire in an outdoor firepit adds an irresistible allure to the

Beyond the lawn Caring for trees and shrubs

Food Temperature Chart Doneness of meat should always be determined using an instant-read meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat and away from the bone.

General Grill Safety Good outdoor kitchen designs will create a 20-inch buffer zone to eliminate accidental contact with the sides and back of the grill. Keep children, pets and guests away from a hot grill. 

Grill Care Simple care and cleaning will provide a lifetime service

Grilled Salmon Nicoise Salad  Perhaps the most popular dish to combine olives with seafood

Guide to Perfect Pizza on the Grill Freshly made pizza off the grill makes for a fantastic meal or appetizer

How to Get a Built-in Outdoor Grill Put fresh-air grilling on the menu with a built-in setup that suits your patio or yard

Your Guide to Grills and More for Great Outdoor Cooking Learn the pros and cons of gas versus charcoal grills, and about neat add-ons that let you do more

Outdoor Spaces Perfect for Watching the First Game of the Season Are you ready for some football parties? Find ideas for your space in these 6 outdoor viewing areas