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Shirley’s “better half” saved her thousands of dollars by DIYing a one-of-a-kind outdoor kitchen. “The wall stones are made from bags of cement from Lowe’s poured into plastic molds,” she says. “I’m so proud to show our backyard project.”
User dmm663 from Orange, Connecticut, started a backyard refresh by resurfacing cement pillars before adding caps, corner molding, and paint. Next came the deck and fencing. We love the professional and polished look.
This new DIYer hadn’t even built a birdhouse prior to this project. A retired military veteran got 95 percent of the supplies and some support from the local Lowe’s. “They gave me awesome advice, and with that, I have a great patio I love — and so do my jealous neighbors,” user dbreak says.
“After seeing the deck pergola addition in Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine, we decided to add a pergola to our 14-ft x 14-ft deck complete with screens for added privacy,” says user Tom58. In three weekends, he created a 12 x 12 pergola for $750.
User Cranesbeach was looking for a low-maintenance backyard. Square stepping stones were used to create the patio. Plants are kept off the ground with a trellis and planters. Instead of grass, the space uses river rock and mulch to keep things simple.