Outdoor

Be awed by how our readers have transformed their outdoors areas. From upgrading entertaining areas to building giant statues and even beautiful timber screens to hide wheelie bins. If you are looking for ideas on how to bring your yard up to scratch, read on.

DIY Playground
  Handyman   reader Craig Johnson and his wife wanted their children to have a play area in the backyard, so they decided to give up the struggling rose garden to make space.  After removing the fence and digging up the flowers, the couple marked...
Pete's DIY Water Feature

By designing his own water feature Pete got what he wanted within an affordable budget 

Handyman reader Pete Watson envisioned a water feature with a sheer descent overflow and planter boxes. 'I built a single-skinned wall where water cascades down stacked stone to fill a pond,' says Pete. 'It overflows onto river stones and disappears...
Andrew’s Front Yard Overhaul
Handyman reader Andrew’s front yard was in bad shape. Andrew wanted to replace it with a low-maintenance modern garden.   Says Andrew, ‘ I removed the small pond and used a bobcat and chainsaw to dig out the grass and tree stumps. Then I poured concr...
Ray’s Pool Revamp

Plants that dropped in the water were moved to make way for new pavers and to create a poolside oasis 

Ray Saunders pool was difficult to maintain. Nearby plants dropped lots of leaves into it and the straw roof of the gazebo had deteriorated over the years so even bits of straw would end up in the pool.   Says Ray, ‘The original pool pavers were smal...
Richard's Moai Statue

Richard’s statue is the talking point of the neighbourhood

 Handyman  reader Richard Hanman had always wanted to construct an impressive statue in his backyard.  After retiring last year, he finally had time to make his dream come true. He built this replica of a moai, the monolithic statues carved on...
Peter's Backyard Screen
A desire to hide the wheelie bin area inspired this DIYer to create a backyard oasis.  Handyman reader Peter Knoll needed to build a screen to hide the wheelie bin area from the rest of the yard. This desire inspired him to create not only a timber s...
David and Christine's Privacy Screen

This DIY privacy screen was made using plywood and different types of cladding 

After renovating their weekender at Coronet Bay in Victoria, David and Christine Mitchell built an eye-catching privacy screen. ‘We decided that, being close to the beach, we would go for a bathing box theme,’ says David.  A support frame was b...