DIY Guide to Creating an Outdoor Living Paradise

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I have created many posts to address many issues along the journey of building an outdoor retreat, from the conception to the finishing details. This post is an attempt to group them in roughly chronological order. You may only need to read some of them, but these articles create a helpful blueprint for realizing your personal backyard living space.

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  • 5 Tips for Designing the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen Layout

    5 Tips for Designing the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen Layout

    Learn how to design the perfect outdoor kitchen layout with these five practical tips. Discover how to choose the right placement, ensure good flow, select cooking elements, plan zones, and opt for low-maintenance materials for a functional and beautiful outdoor cooking space.

  • 8 Benefits of Adding a Fireplace to Your Outdoor Living Space

    8 Benefits of Adding a Fireplace to Your Outdoor Living Space

    Are you looking to boost your home’s value while also creating an inviting and functional outdoor space? As someone who has been designing outdoor patios and living spaces for nearly 16 years, I’ve seen it all – the good, the bad, and the questionable. Investing in outdoor living kits can be a game-changer, offering significant…

  • 5 Ways Outdoor Living Kits Can Increase Your Home’s Value

    5 Ways Outdoor Living Kits Can Increase Your Home’s Value

    Enhance your home’s value and your everyday living with outdoor living kits. Explore five ways these upgrades can boost your property’s appeal, expand your living space, improve energy efficiency, and offer low-maintenance enjoyment for years to come.

You want a new outdoor living area- where do you start?

Read This Before you Buy Anything or Start your Outdoor Living Project

Planning Your Outdoor Patio Space? Start with our Comprehensive Guide. It includes actionable steps to guide you through every step.

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Fireplace or fire pit? 7 things to know before you choose

Fire pits and fireplaces both feature fire for people to gather around, yet they are different. They are not interchangeable. Learn what you need to know before spending a dime.

Increase Your Home’s Value with Outdoor Living Patio Upgrades

Transforming your patio with a fireplace or grill island can significantly increase the value of your home and improve your quality of life.

Plan Ahead- What to Expect When Creating Your Outdoor Paradise

Personalize Your Outdoor Living Patio: 3 Key Areas NEVER to Avoid

Discover strategic plant choices, fine-tune your furniture selection, and explore low voltage lighting to create a unique, welcoming retreat.

Unlock the Joy of DIY Creating Your Dream Outdoor Space

With our outdoor living kits, you can transform your backyard into your personal sanctuary and enjoy the satisfaction of building it yourself.

Cheap Disposable Grills vs. High-End Professional Stainless Grills

We’ve all used cheap grills. But is a $1200 grill that much better than a $300 one? Read to find out what to expect for your extra cash.

Get Help Planning your Outdoor Oasis With These Handy Guides

Easy Outdoor Fireplace Patio Designs for Your Remodel Inspiration

Our pre-designed patio plans will show you how to get the essentials of a desirable outdoor living space using our affordable DIY kits.

Create Your Unique, Eco-Friendly Oasis with Garden Follies and Ruins

Garden follies and ruins kits transform your outdoor living space into a personalized sanctuary that benefits nature and your well-being.

How-To Layout Outdoor Patio Plans Using Simple Tools

This guide introduces simple yet effective techniques that allow you to precisely lay out your outdoor projects using only simple tools.

Pitfalls to Avoid When Planning Your Outdoor Living Area

Dispelling Myths about Outdoor Design #1- Corner Fireplaces

Building a fireplace in a corner (45°) wastes space- not saves it. Read this guide to help you place (or not place) a fireplace in a corner.

Create Your Unique, Eco-Friendly Oasis with Garden Follies and Ruins

Get it right the first time: make the right grill choice to save time and money. Don’t let an old grill limit your design.

Dispelling Myths about Outdoor Design #3 – The Outdoor Refrigerator Reality

Outdoor refrigeration sounds like an obvious and needed luxury, right? Read to find out if an outdoor fridge is right for your space.

Why Cornerstone is a Great Idea for Achieving Your Outdoor Oasis- Shameless Plugs

Can Anyone Really Build an Outdoor Fireplace?

Doubt that you can build your own outdoor fireplace? It’s incredibly easy. Don’t take our word for it. Ask Jim- our 82-year-old customer!

Ditch Frame Kits: Build a Grill Island in Hours with Our System

Enjoy more grilling, less building. Our unique masonry system allows DIY beginners build a durable stone BBQ grill island in just hours.

Outdoor Living Kits Can be Built on a Weekend

Cornerstone outdoor living kits are the simplest way to obtain a killer outdoor pad while saving precious time and money. DIY in a weekend!

You can Do It- Your Outdoor Living Paradise is Within Reach

You have the will and desire for a killer backyard patio. All you need is a great plan to start. You may need more time and money to complete the entire vision now. But, with a solid, actionable plan, you can start building your dream. By having a plan, you can be sure you are staying on course to achieve your vision. You won’t be buying unnecessary items or doing unnecessary work. Stick with it. You will be enjoying the fruits of your labor in no time!

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