WANT TO ADD A ROOM TO YOUR HOME THIS WEEK­END? ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS OPEN A DOOR AND STEP OUT­SIDE.

Do It Yourself - - DEPARTMENT­S - Brian Kramer Ed­i­tor, Do It Your­self ™

Your hum­ble porch, pa­tio, deck, or yard is ac­tu­ally un­tapped liv­ing space that you can re­claim just as you would any other room—by up­dat­ing its sur­faces, fur­ni­ture, light­ing, and ac­ces­sories. And since this is Do It Your­self, you won’t have to hire a con­struc­tion crew or spend a for­tune.

We packed this is­sue with out­door projects to suit ev­ery skill level, bud­get, and time­line. Our cover story (“The Liv­ing Is Easy,” page 66) shows you how to cre­ate a fun out­door din­ing room in an af­ter­noon. Home­owner Joseph Wanek’s trans­for­ma­tion of a de­crepit screened pa­tio into a three-sea­son liv­ing room (“Screen Time,” page 36) is thrilling be­cause he ap­proached it as a se­ries of week­end projects that you can repli­cate and cus­tom­ize. And when you’re ready for a big up­grade, turn to “Back­yard Bliss,” page 52, for de­tails on lay­ing porce­lain tile pavers, build­ing pipe-and-cedar Adiron­dack-style chairs, and in­stalling a mod­ern water feature. Your new fa­vorite (out­door) room awaits!

SUM­MER IS BET­TER WHEN IT’S WET­TER! IN AD­DI­TION TO THIS HAND SPRAYER AND HOSE FROM DRAMM, CHECK OUT OUR ROUNDUP OF NEW AND CLAS­SIC WA­TER­ING TOOLS, PAGE 20.

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