DIY Guide to Creating an Outdoor Living Paradise

You are thinking of designing, upgrading, or building an outdoor fireplace. We have tons of advice to helpyour project go smoothly.

Building an outdoor living space is an exciting endeavor. The benefits of your personal outdoor retreat are numerous. While the endeavor is rewarding, it is not cheap or without possible pitfalls. We have designed, troubleshot, installed, repaired, updated, owned, and maintained countless outdoor living patios over our many years of experience. I am not here to tell you what you want or what is trending, etc. I only want to share some free advice (in broad strokes) to help you effectively achieve your vision, avoiding pitfalls along the way.

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.

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

You should have a good plan before buying anything or putting a shovel in the ground. Your plan will keep you on track and ensure you meet your goals while keeping within your budget. Furthermore, it would be best to understand what to expect and your options. Some of these articles are skewed toward promoting our products. But there will be golden “knowledge nuggets” for any outdoor area. We want you to have a great outdoor space you will enjoy whether you choose our products or not.

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

These articles- which may lead to more in depth articles- give you some insight into what is entailed in an outdoor living project. The articles here are for a DIYers journey. If you are a “Do It For Me” person, some of these are also good things to consider and know about.

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

These guides give you insights into designing and laying out your outdoor living space. True, they are based on our kits, but our kits represent and can stand in for the main building blocks of any great outdoor space. There are several basic patio layouts in the series for you to view and modify. Be sure to click through those. You will also find useful tips when laying out your design for planning or final layout before construction.

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

Knowing what not to do is always good information. While I am not telling you what not to do. These articles add valuable insight that may be counterintuitive when planning your patio 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 Acheiving Your Outdoor Oasis- Shameless Plugs

Okay, I can’t resist. But here us out. We may be able to save you time, money, and tons of headaches and trips to your local outdoor center.

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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