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Book Name: Projects for Outdoor Living (The Backyard Builder)

Editor: William Hylton

Publisher: Rodale Press

ISBN: 0-87857-884-6

Cover: Hardcover

# of Pages: 506

Illustrations: Color photos, B & W photos and sketches

Experience Required: Advanced

Book Review

Are you handy?  Did you ever want to build a deck, patio furniture or install your own hot tub?  There are many Projects and at least one How-to section available in the following chapters on Providing Power, Light, and Water, Altering the Landscape, Fences, Gates, and Trellises, Framed Structures, Pools, Hot Tubs, and Spas and Outdoor Furniture.  Preceding the instructions for any of the projects there are basic, important details you need to know about the type of project you are undertaking.  For example, in the chapter on outdoor furniture projects (i.e. garden bench, picnic table or chaise lounge) there are helpful construction techniques, safety information, materials and tools sections you should read thoroughly before starting.

For each project, there are convenient shopping and cutting lists provided along with the instructions and an assembly diagram.  Also useful in this book is the chapter A New Look at the Old Backyard as well as the Appendix: Wood for Outdoor Projects.  They include vital information on design, picking the right wood for your project and how to keep it looking nice for years to come.  Knowledge and preparation is the key to the successful completion of a project.  The information in this book is definitely geared toward preparing you in every possible way for completing a project and doing it safely.  I found this book very inspiring and informative with a great selection of projects from which to choose.


  • Garden Bridge
  • Play Structure
  • Adirondack Ensemble
  • Garden Swing
  • Patio Chaise and Chair

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