Great ideas for outdoor rooms

Reinvent your yard with a new deck, patio, cottage, dining room, or curl-up space

21 ideas for outdoor dining rooms

Set the scene for great outdoor parties or just dinner for two

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Make use of natural cooling
Karyn R. Millet

Naturally cool

When the house gets too warm in summer, homeowners Gabe Gelbart and Paul Rhoadzhagen simply move outdoors to one of the several small open-air rooms they've created to expand their living space.

This alfresco dining area is just outside the kitchen; lit by the sun and cooled by the breeze, it consumes zero energy.

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