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Outdoor living : the ultimate project guide.
Carpenter, Thomas, 1959-
Publication Information:
Cumming, IA : Landauer Corp., [2002]

Physical Description:
448 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

Director of book development, Tom Carpenter ; authors & project designers, John English ... [et al.].
Format :


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TH4961 .O935 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Home Improvement

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It used to be that yards were for mowing, and anything outside of the house was just for looking at. But a whole lot of living now happens outdoors, well beyond a home's traditional four walls. Eating, relaxing, entertaining, recreating ... today's families are as likely to be found outside as indoors. That's where Outdoor Living -- The Ultimate Project Guide comes in. If you're going to do a lot of your living outside, you might as well have the items you want, be comfortable, and have everything look great. So here are almost 1,000 photographs (spread over hundreds of pages and dozens and dozens of projects) that will show you how to easily and efficiently make your outdoor living space functional, fun and beautiful. Book jacket.

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

For do-it-yourselfers who spend winter dreaming about their outdoor projects for the next year, this hefty tome is sure to keep them occupied until spring. Featuring plenty of colorful photos, it provides instructions for projects that are divided into three broad categories: landscape structures and decks, yard and garden structures, and backyard woodworking projects. Part 1 covers the typical backyard's infrastructure: patios and walkways, water gardens, walls, fences, and decks. Each project features a description of the tools and materials needed, complete instructions, and profuse illustrations. Most projects offer several variations, e.g., how to make a walkway of brick, flagstone, or loose fill such as rocks or mulch. Part 2 covers a number of structures, including those for entertainment (e.g., a gazebo, a gateway arch, a landscape bridge, and an arbor), as well as those of a more utilitarian nature (e.g., a composting pen, a cold frame, a greenhouse, and several sheds). The final section offers plans for a number of attractive projects, including several chairs and benches, planters, a bird feeder, a barbecue center, a utility cart, and an Art Deco hammock stand so attractive that it alone is worth the price of the book. This title will appeal to both beginners and more experienced homeowners and should be part of every public library collection. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Welcomep. 7
1 Landscape Structures & Decks
Introductionp. 9
Ideas for Landscape Structures & Decksp. 10
Building Landscape Structuresp. 16
Landscape Building Basicsp. 17
Patios & Walkwaysp. 20
Interlocking Paversp. 22
Flagstonep. 34
Loose Fillp. 40
Water Gardensp. 44
Flexible Liner Pondsp. 46
Filters, Fountains & Fallsp. 53
Stocking Your Water Gardenp. 56
Wall Structuresp. 58
Interlocking Blockp. 62
Landscape Timbersp. 69
Fences & Gatesp. 76
Stick-built Fencesp. 83
Gatesp. 90
Prefabricated Fence Panelsp. 92
Building Decksp. 94
Deck Basicsp. 100
Deckbuilding: An Overviewp. 110
Deck Layoutp. 112
Footingsp. 117
Ledgersp. 122
Framingp. 126
Deckingp. 138
Stairsp. 142
Railings & Accessoriesp. 150
Finishingp. 160
2 Yard & Garden Structures
Introductionp. 163
Outdoor Building Basicsp. 164
Entertainment Structuresp. 177
Gazebop. 179
Step 1 Lay out the sitep. 185
Step 2 Build the undercarriagep. 188
Step 3 Install the deckingp. 193
Step 4 Install the roof supportsp. 195
Step 5 Build the roofp. 201
Step 6 Install railings & trimp. 204
Step 7 Finishing touchesp. 208
Gatewayp. 213
Step 1 Build the gateway archesp. 218
Step 2 Build the trellisesp. 223
Step 3 Assemble & install the gatewayp. 229
Landscape Bridgep. 233
Arbor/Trellisp. 243
Gardening Structuresp. 253
Composting Penp. 254
Cold Framep. 262
Greenhousep. 268
Step 1 Assemble the framep. 271
Step 2 Install the panels & roof ventsp. 276
Step 3 Hang the doorp. 279
Shedsp. 281
Kit-built Shedp. 282
Step 1 Prepare the sitep. 284
Step 2 Pour the slabp. 287
Step 3 Build the wallsp. 291
Step 4 Build the roofp. 297
Step 5 Shingle the roofp. 299
Step 6 Finishing touchesp. 301
Tool Shedp. 303
3 Backyard Woodworking Projects
Introductionp. 317
Basic Adirondack Chairp. 318
Cedar Bird Feederp. 324
Garden Benchp. 332
Tiletop BBQ Centerp. 340
Breezeway Boot Benchp. 350
Picnic Table & Benchesp. 358
Daytripper Tablep. 366
Daytripper Chairp. 374
Porch Gliderp. 380
Plantersp. 392
Potting Benchp. 400
Art Deco Hammock Standp. 410
Tool Totep. 418
Utility Cartp. 422
Formal Garden Benchp. 430