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Top 100 Hardscaping Projects

  1. 1. Aquatic Dining Made Elegant (01:23)

    Swim-up bars, waterfall tables: dining in the backyard has come a long way!

  2. 2. How to Build a Stone Sitting Wall

    Add a stylish touch to a yard or patio with a stone sitting wall.

    Time:
    Several Weekends
    Cost:
    $1,000 - $2,500
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  3. 3. Waterfront Luxury (02:09)

    Forget rickety boathouses! Lakeside living has taken a turn for the luxe!

  4. 4. How to Create an Outdoor Zen Patio

    Add a dramatic flagstone walkway and seating area, complete with a one-of-a-kind stone sculpture to a patio. DIY Network's Indoors Out ...

    Time:
    Several Weekends
    Cost:
    $1,000 - $2,500
    Difficulty:
    Hard
  5. 5. How to Build an Obstacle Course

    In this project, old tires are recycled into a fabulous backyard obstacle course.

    Time:
    Two Days
    Cost:
    $250 - $500
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  6. 6. How to Create Concrete Stepping Stones

    Leftover concrete from other projects can be used for stepping stones in the garden.

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  7. 7. Outdoor Party Spaces (00:01:05)

    These party backyards are the ideal outdoor areas for entertaining guests.

  8. 8. Manmade Tiered Waterfall (01:29)

    Recirculated river water flows over this towering (and manmade) waterfall.

  9. 9. How to Install an Outdoor Water Feature

    If you have little kids in the house, a shallow water feature may be the way to go.

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  10. 10. Fence Post Stepping Stones

    Learn how to slice fence posts to make natural-wood stepping stones for gardens or walkways, from DIY Network.

  11. 11. How to Stamp and Color Concrete Steppers

    Concrete doesn't have to look like a sidewalk – it's actually one of the most versatile building materials.

    Time:
    Several Weekends
    Cost:
    $10,000 - $15,000
    Difficulty:
    Hard
  12. 12. Relaxing Backyards (00:01:53)

    These drab, unappealing backyards are transformed into restful sanctuaries.

  13. 13. Dream Pools Become Reality (01:45)

    Check out the breathtaking pools that grace these homeowners' backyards.

  14. 14. How To Create a Play Area

    This new play area is padded with rubber mulch and outlined with plants. Edging keeps the rubber mulch out of the new sod.

    Time:
    Weekend
    Cost:
    $250 - $500
    Difficulty:
    Easy
  15. 15. How to Install a Timber Retaining Wall

    A retaining wall is the ideal way to control erosion or level a sloping yard. Composite timbers made from recycled materials are a wond...

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $250 - $500
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
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