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