Black & Decker The Book of Home How-To Complete Photo Guide to Outdoor Building: Decks • Sheds • Garden Structures • Pathways



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Black and Decker The Book of Home How-To Complete Photo Guide to Outdoor Building

Introduction

Building projects for your yard and garden is fun. You get to work outdoors. The materials are relatively easy to manage and the tolerances are a bit more forgiving than they are for indoor projects. And perhaps best of all, you get to see and enjoy the results quickly.

The projects featured in BLACK+DECKER The Book of Home How-To Complete Photo Guide to Outdoor Building represent a complete cross section of the types of projects we know to be the most popular for home DIYers. They include ground-level surfaces for entertaining and walking around; vertical elements like fences and walls; projects for entertaining and fun; and a few structures that employ techniques for sheds and outbuildings. They range from relatively easy to somewhat challenging. All are intended to be scalable, so you can adjust the dimensions to fit perfectly into your yard or garden.

Whichever materials you are interested in using and whatever forms you want them to take, we believe you will find your first forays into outdoor building to be satisfying and great way to build your own DIY skills. You will experience the pleasure of enjoying your new outdoor feature, and it will be even more enjoyable because you built it yourself.

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Loose Rock Landscape Path

Loose-fill rock pathways are perfect for casual yards and other situations where a hard surface is not required. The material is inexpensive, easy to install, and its fluidity accommodates curves and irregular edging. For visual appeal, loose-rock paths may be matched to larger stones in the environment, tying them in to your landscaping.

Floating Deck

Sometimes all you need is a simple, easy-to-build platform to complete an otherwise perfect backyard. The project shown here is an “island deck,” detached from the house and requiring no ledger attachment and no deep digging to set posts.

Wood Panel Fences

Prefabricated fence panels take much of the work out of putting up a fence, and (surprisingly) using them is often less expensive than building a board-and-stringer fence from scratch. They are best suited for relatively flat yards, but may be stepped down on slopes that aren’t too steep.

Picket Fence

The quintessential symbol of American hominess, the classic picket fence remains a perennial favorite for more than its charm and good looks. It’s also an effective boundary marker, creating a clear line of separation while appearing to be nothing more than a familiar decoration.

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Pizza Oven

If you truly want the best pizza in town, make it at home in your own wood-fired oven. This is not an exaggeration. You really can’t beat homemade pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven, and you can’t begin to get the same flavors in your regular oven.

Playground Set

If you want to design and build a backyard playground that meets your needs, but you don’t want to start from scratch, a good option is to buy a precut playground kit. Most home centers and a number of internet suppliers sell do-it yourself playground packages containing parts and hardware to make a complete play area.

Four-Post Patio Pergola

Creating shade can be a challenge, especially around hard surfaces like this concrete patio. Awnings and sun sails and patio umbrellas can provide temporary solutions, but wind and the elements can diminish your enjoyment or even lead to minor disasters. If your outdoor living area is overly exposed to sun or wind, a pergola might be just the solution you need.

Firewood Shelter

This handsome firewood shelter combines rustic ranch styling with ample sheltered storage that keeps firewood off the ground and obscured from sight. Clad on the sides and roof with beveled cedar lap siding, the shelter has the look and feel of a permanent structure. But because it’s freestanding, you can move it around as needed.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cool Springs Press; Illustrated edition (December 31, 2019)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Flexibound ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0760366233
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0760366233
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.36 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.75 x 0.65 x 11.2 inches


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