Filled with inspiring ideas and dependable planning advice, this resourceful book takes readers through the process of choosing the right kind of outdoor space, creating a smart design, and selecting the best materials for the location and budget. Clear, detailed illustrations and photos visually instruct readers on how designs work to meet the requirements of different settings. Step-by-step overviews of constructing decks and patios ensures complete understanding of what is involved in the building process. Discussions of the pros and cons of a wide range of material choices help homeowners shop for supplies or work with contractors on selections. Expert design ideas for furnishings, lighting, cooking spaces, and more enhance any outdoor living area.