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Lisa Hallett Taylor

Updated Articles and Resources

By Lisa Hallett Taylor

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • The Best Free Playhouse Plans Created: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      From basic sheds with a few embellishments to miniature mansions with all the details, you're sure to find a plan for a DIY playhouse project.
    • What is Ipe Wood? Created: Saturday, August 07, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      What is ipe wood, and where does it come from? Is it a good choice for decking materials or outdoor garden furniture? Find out what ipe wood is and is not.
    • White House Trivia: 20 Fun Facts About the Outdoor Areas in the President's Park Created: Sunday, January 18, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      We've heard interesting facts and trivia about the presidents, their families, and the White House. But what about the White House grounds, or more specifically, the swimming pools, patios, porches...
    • What's the Difference Between a Patio and a Deck? Created: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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?
    • Outdoor Privacy Screens - Idea Galleries of Outdoor Privacy Screens Created: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Maybe you're seeking a private space for a backyard retreat or a patio, deck or balcony. An outdoor privacy screen gives you personal space away from the view of neighbors or passers-by. Check out ...
    • What is a Plunge Pool? Created: Saturday, June 30, 2012 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      What, exactly, is a plunge pool? Find out why a plunge pool is different than other types of residential swimming pools.
    • How to Inspect for or Detect a Leak in Your Swimming Pool or Spa Created: Friday, May 29, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Signs that a swimming pool or spa is leaking may or may not be obvious. If you suspect a leak, there are proven ways to inspect and detect. We tell you how.
    • What to Do in a Hot Tub Created: Friday, January 30, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Those lucky enough to own a hot tub or spa probably know what you should and shouldn't do in and around a tub like issues of safety, care and maintenance.
    • What is a Spool? Created: Friday, September 21, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      What, exactly is a spool? Not the spool of thread, but the body of water you have installed in your backyard for leisure and therapeutic benefits. Find out why you may or may not want one."
    • Best Decking Finalists 2013: About.com Readers' Choice Awards Created: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Composite decking has been the popular choice for several years because of its durability. Pool & Patio readers can vote for one of three finalists for Best Decking in the 2013 About.com Reader...
    • What is a DE Pool Filter? Created: Sunday, August 14, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      There are three types of filters used for pools: sand, cartridge, and DE. Find out why many pool owners consider DE filters to be the best filter for swimming pools.
    • Spring 2014 Home and Garden Tours Created: Monday, January 27, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Spring home and garden tours offer you a rare chance to look at other people's yards, up-close. We've found some of the top tours in the U.S. for 2014.
    • Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum: About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012 Created: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      If you own a swimming pool or spa, cleaning and maintenance is a big part of the package. If your pool isn't cleaned regularly, nobody will want to -- or should -- go swimming in a big green swamp ...
    • Must-Have Outdoor Dishes and Tableware Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      Before you buy a bulk-pack of paper plates, you might want to check out the outdoor tableware we found this season. You'll be looking for reasons to eat outside more often.
    • Outdoor Home Improvements For $3,000 or Less Created: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Maybe with that $3,000 tax refund you should invest in an outdoor home improvement. Discover how the experts would spend that extra money to improve their outdoor spaces.
    • 2012 Best Hot Tub / Spa: About.com Readers' Choice Awards Created: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014
      The 2012 About.com Reader's Choice Awards honors the year's top hot tubs and spas, as nominated and chosen by our readers. This year's Best Pool and Patio awards seeks to honor the Best Outdoor Pat...
    • Get Paid For Saving Water: Lawn Rebate and Smart Irrigation Programs Created: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      If you live in a region affected by drought, you might be able to replace your lawn or irrigation at a discount. Check out this list of rebates and incentives.
    • Pretty and Practical Outdoor Tablecloths Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Outdoor tablecloths cover up and protect your patio dining table. But attractive ones are not easy to find. We've tracked down some of the prettiest.
    • Outdoor Drinkware for the Stylish Patio Table Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Leave the glassware inside and use acrylic or melamine when serving drinks to your guests outside. Check out our top picks for outdoor drinkware.
    • The Best Beverage Dispensers for Outdoor Entertaining Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      If you're entertaining a crowd outside, consider using a beverage dispenser or jar. We've found some of the best and best looking.
    • The Best Trees for Pool Landscaping Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Which trees are best near a pool, spa or pond? Size, shape and leaf drop are things to think about when planting a tree by a body of water.
    • 10 Must-Try Outdoor Cleaning Products Created: Friday, March 28, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Need help cleaning outdoor surfaces, patios or furniture? Check out this list of products for eliminating stains, mold, mildew, odors and dirt.
    • Removing Stains From Patios and Walls Created: Friday, November 30, 2012 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Brick, stone and concrete patios and walls are exposed to the elements or something else creates a stain: efflorescence, mortar, mildew, rust, paint and grafitti. Put away the pressure washer and l...
    • Pictures of Swimming Pool Designs and Shapes Created: Saturday, February 21, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      Swimming pools come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, styles and designs. Check out our pictures of classic, modern and novelty shapes and designs.
    • Patio Design Ideas Created: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      Where do patio design ideas come from? You might see patio designs in a magazine or get garden design ideas from a local garden tour. Outdoor patios can be attached to a house, or detached. They ar...
    • Square Pavers & Pebbles Created: Monday, May 31, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      A prefab house at the L.A. Garden Show features a simple patio area with concrete pavers and pebbles. Get more ideas in this photo gallery of patio designs. Page 14.
    • Field Trip: Antique Store Shopping for Vintage Patio Garden Furniture Created: Tuesday, June 01, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      If you like the look of garden furniture that looks like it's been left out in the garden -- for decades, perhaps -- then you just might find it at an antique store. While antique stores used to be...
    • Painted Wood Settee Created: Thursday, June 17, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      Although this two-seat settee is reminiscent of Adirondack-style furniture, it's simply a homemade wood patio chair project from many decades ago. The settee is one of many outdoor pieces you'll se...
    • Green Metal Glider Chair Created: Thursday, June 17, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      If you like the look of garden furniture that looks like it's been left out in the garden -- for decades, perhaps -- then you just might find it at an antique store. While antique stores used to be...
    • Black Metal Glider Created: Tuesday, June 01, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      If you have a front porch, you must get an old-fashioned glider. Porch sitting is making a comeback to a more simple time. Find out how to shop for vintage patio furniture. Page 3.
    • Wooden Lawn Chairs Created: Tuesday, June 01, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      Most wooden lawn chairs can get a weathered, vintage look in just a few seasons -- perfect, if you like the look of old furniture in the garden. Page 4.
    • Cement Lawn Ornaments Created: Tuesday, June 01, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      If you like the look of garden furniture that looks like it's been left out in the garden -- for decades, perhaps -- then you just might find it at an antique store. While antique stores used to be...

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