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Patios: Outer Spaces

They're not just made of concrete or brick, but you'll learn how to work with these and other materials when you step outside into the world of patios. Adobe, pea gravel, bark, flagstone, asphalt, tile, mosaic, wood, stone, and recycled materials are all patio possibilities. Discover the pros and cons, do-it-yourself instructions, design ideas and trends.
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  2. Brick Patios & Paving (2)

Patio Design Ideas
Patios can be attached to a house, or detached. They are often designed and oriented with the landscape in mind. Patios are versatile: they can take on any shape and be built with a variety of materials, including concrete, pavers, stone, tile, brick, pebbles, rock or pea gravel. See examples of every kind imaginable.

Patio Planning, Design and Building
When planning a patio, consider size, materials, usage, style and budget. Find out what else is needed before embarking on a project.

What is a Patio?
From the Spanish word patio, meaning backyard or back garden. An outdoor living space often adjoining a residence, used for dining, entertaining or relaxation. A patio may or may not have a cover or roof and is usually a paved area connecting the house and garden.

What's the Difference Between a Patio and a Deck?
Patio or deck? How do you know which one is right for you, your lifestyle and your outdoor living space? And how can you really tell the difference between a deck and a patio anyway?

When is the Best Time of Year to Pour a Concrete Patio?
A Pool and Patio Forum visitor asks: "We live in Michigan, and were wondering if the end of September or early October is recommended to build a new concerete patio? Or should we wait until next spring?"

How to Remove Moss, Mold and Mildew From Patios and Outdoor Surfaces
That gross green stuff on your concrete patio is probably moss, mold or mildew. Find out how to remove it and keep it from coming back.

Paving Materials
The materials you see in a magazine may not be available in your region, or may be more expensive than you thought. That means you’re going to need to be open-minded and flexible regarding the type of materials that will be used in the project, along with the design.

Paving Materials Photo Gallery
When building a patio or walkway, one of the more fun but challenging decisions you'll have to make is determining what type of paving material to use. This photo gallery provides a look at the wide variety of paving and surfacing materials available.

What is a Chimenea?
Chimeneas are those clay outdoor fireplaces you see for sale at marketplaces in the Southwest. While many use their chimeneas as accent pieces garden art, chimeneas can be functional fire features in your outdoor living rooms.

What is a Poolside Patio?
A poolside patio is essential for entertaining and watching children in backyard pools. Learn about materials, design considerations and furnishings before building.

What is an Entry Patio?
Entry patios take advantage of unused space in your front yard for much-needed outdoor living space. Discover ways to make it more enjoyable.

What is a Rooftop Patio?
Create outdoor spaces in the city on your balcony or rooftop. Follow our advice to get the most out of a small space.

What is a Lanai?
True, Lanai shares a name with the smallest of the Hawaiian islands. But the one we're talking about is the type of patio, not the body of land owned by billionaire Oracle czar Larry Ellison. Discover what distinguishes a lanai from other types of patios.

What is a Loggia?
A loggia is just a fancy name for a portico or a covered outdoor room, like a porch. Should you have one? Find out.

Patriotic Porches, Patios and Decks
Decorating for the 4th of July? Add pizzazz to your porch, patio or deck with pillows, flags, plants, containers, bunting and other accessories in red, white and blue!

Shop for a Gas BBQ Grill
Outdoor kitchens and grills are a major part of enjoying your patio. Cooking and entertaining outdoors is one of the most pleasurable activities people can do at home, and owning a grill or barbecue is a genuine goal for many. Gas grills continue to be popular, for different reasons. Let's explore.

Meet the Pool & Patio Finalists: About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012
Awards season has kicked off, and it's time to let your voices be heard again. About.com's annual Readers' Choice Awards showcase the best outdoor living, pool and patio and home and garden products -- the things that make your outdoor world look, feel and work better -- maybe fantastic in some cases! Think of it as the People's Choice Awards...

Gas Grills Sold at JCPenney Recalled Due to Fire Hazard
Did you buy a barbecue grill from JCPenney this year? Read on: there's a recall for a possible fire and burn hazard due to a faulty drip pan. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with JCPenney, announced a voluntary recall of the Cooks Outdoor® BBQ Grills. The grills were sold at JCPenney stores throughout the United States and online at www.jcp.com from February through S…

Patio Projects: Show Us Your Patio!
Have you built a patio yourself or hired someone to build it for you? Here's the perfect opportunity to show off your patio! Size doesn't matter - no two patios are exactly alike. Include photos.

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