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Improve your landscape and your home's curb appeal at the same time. Learn how to build a deck, patio, front walk or garden path. Create an elegant pergola, arbor or gazebo. Build that fence or screen wall that you need. Have that Koi pond, water garden or fountain that you want. Just scroll down this page to find hundreds of free plans and how-to lessons.

Free Landscaping Guides - Learn how to make your own stone or brick walkways and patios. Learn how to build Koi ponds and water gardens. Get hundreds of free landscape project plans. Free Landscape Plans and Guides - Improve your landscape and your home's curb appeal at the same time. Learn how to build a deck, patio, front walk or garden path. Create an elegant pergola, arbor or gazebo. Build that fence or screen wall that you need. Free Landscape Project Plans: Pergolas, Arbors, Gazebos, Fences, Gates, Decks, Garden Ponds, Patios, Garden Paths and much more.

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Free, DIY Plans For Pergolas, Gazebos and Arbors

Build a Pergola That's Perfect For Your Backyard, by Rick Peters at Popular Mechanics Magazine  Here's a structure that won't provide shelter from wind or rain, and is only marginally better when it comes to the midday sun. So, why build it? Because in the absence of walls and a roof, it defines an outdoor space without constraining it. It's a unique architectural blend that places you both inside and out at the same time.

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12'x14' Pergola or Sun Trellis  This free nine page plan set includes all of the drawings and details that you'll need to build an elegant, sturdy pergola in your backyard or on your deck or patio. Download the plans at

Backyard Structure Plans from Extreme How-To Magazine  Get creative in your backyard. Build your own shady pergola, elegant gazebo, screen wall fence or practical greenhouse with the help of these project plans and do it yourself guides.

Free Trellis or Pergola Building Plans from the Southern Forest Products Association  Use these free plans to build a sturdy and attractive focal point for your backyard, garden, deck or patio.

How to Build a Garden Arbor  Here's a simple woodworking project from Popular Mechanics Magazine. Use step-by step plans to make a classic latticed arch gateway. This guide includes 3D animation and master-level blueprints.

Free Do-It-Yourself Gazebo and Pergola Plans from the California Redwood Association  Add some elegance to your backyard. Download detailed do-it-yourself plans for building your own 12' octagonal gazebo or 8'x12' pergola. These free, instant download plans include detailed artwork, materials lists and step-by-step building instructions.

How to Build a Basic Square Pergola  Find design guides and illustrated step-by-step backyard project plans at

10'x12' Gazebo or Screen House Plans  Build this hip-roof structure in your backyard as a garden gazebo, shade pavilion or hot tub shelter. The unusual rectangular design makes it much easier to build than conventional hexagonal or octagonal gazebos. It's also easier to screen-in. The seventeen page plan set includes all of the drawings and details you'll need to build your gazebo. Download the plans at

Arbor Archway Plans  These free, instant download, do-it-yourself building plans from Georgia-Pacific include detailed drawings, material lists, safety advice and how-to hints.

Free Arbor, Pergola and Outdoor Room Plans and Do-It-Yourself Building Guides from The Family Handyman Magazine  You can learn how to build your own pergola, arbor, screen room or outdoor living space with free downloadable plans and building instructions.

A Build Garden Gateway Pergola  Canadian Home Workshop offers tool and materials lists, step by step instructions and clear diagrams for this unusual small pergola, in an article by builder Steve Maxwell.

Free Gazebo and Pergola Plans and Building Guides  Learn how to build your own backyard gazebo or shade pergola for your patio or deck. Check out free plans and building instructions from a variety of informative web sites.


Free Garden Arbors and Trellis Plans  Here are a bunch of free plans and building guides, from all over the Internet, to help you build your own garden arbor, trellis or small pergola.




Get Great Ideas for Your Landscape  Learn how to improve your yard, garden and home with over 7,250 breathtaking landscaping designs, without hiring costly professional landscape designers. Get instant access to the freshest landscaping ideas and videos that are sure to spice up your home.

Find Great Landscape Designers, Builders and Landscapers in Your Neighborhood  Better Homes and Gardens’ will give you fast, free quotes on all of your backyard projects from top rated contractors right in your neighborhood.


Fences, Gates and Screen Walls

Build A Picket Fence  Here's a fence for those who refuse to buy off the rack. Its elegant design features a distinctive cap rail over the picket tops, and the easy-to-build cedar box posts are topped off with classic turned finials that you can buy. You'll find a do it yourself building guide at Popular Mechanics Magazine's web site.

How to Build a Fence  Get free plans, material lists and hints to help you build post and rail fences, picket fences and privacy screens from wood preservative manufacturer Arch Chemical, Inc.


Build a Shadowbox Privacy Fence  Learn how to plan and build an easy fence and matching gates. Follow a  free, step-by-step illustrated guide by Extreme How-To Magazine.

How To Build A Classic Backyard Fence, by Neal Barrett at Popular Mechanics Magazine  If you just want a fence to keep out the neighbor's dog, there are plenty of off-the-shelf choices at your local home center. If, on the other hand, the idea of defining your personal landscape with a touch of architectural flair grabs your imagination, check out this do it yourself project.

Garden Gate Plans  These free, instant download, do-it-yourself building plans from Georgia-Pacific include detailed drawings, material lists, safety advice and how-to hints.

Big Hammer's Fence Design and Build Software  Build the perfect deck, fence, barn or garage for your home and property. Big Hammer's free software lets you select from sample plans or design exactly the custom project that you want and then print plans and a complete list of the materials that you'll need.

Privacy Screen Wall Building Plans from The Family Handyman Magazine  This airy screen provides the perfect solution to a less-than-private patio or deck by screening in your outdoor living area. The screen offers an attractive look and unique design, which will enhance your yard, yet it's also DIY friendly to build.

Free DIY Fence and Gate Plans and Building Guides  Learn how to build and install your own fences and gates. These free project plans and planning guides will show you how.




Free Do It Yourself Plans For Patios, Walks and Decks

Backyard Patios and Paths  Sunset Magazine offers dozens of project plans and design ideas to help you hardscape your yard.

Patio and Brick Walkway Plans and Guides  Improve your backyard and landscape with brick, concrete and paver projects that will last and look great forever. Learn how with free, illustrated step-by-step by Extreme How-To Magazine

Build Your Own Natural Stone Patio  A traditional flagstone patio can be a great addition to just about anybody's yard. The material is attractive and durable, and nicely complements a wide range of other landscaping features. Here's how you can build your own, in an article by Steve Wilson at Popular Mechanics Magazine.

How to Build a Flagstone Path  Find design guides and illustrated step-by-step backyard project plans at

Free Patio and Garden Walk Building Guides  You can improve your yard and landscape with brick and stone walks and patios that you build yourself. Just use these free DIY guides. You'll get great exercise and great results.


Free Deck Plans, Deck Design Software and Deck Building Guides  Design and build your own deck with the help of free, stock deck plans. Or, create a custom deck that fits perfectly into the shape of your home. Check out our list of dozens of free deck plans, deck planning and design software, deck building guides and how-to tips, and deck furniture project plans.



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Playhouses: Plans, Prefabs and Building Kits   Thrill your kids with a great new play house or play cabin. Build it yourself with one of these easy-to-assemble building kits or do-it-yourself plans, or order it pre-built and delivered right to your backyard.


Landscaping Guides, Lessons and How-To Tips

Free Organic Gardening Guides  Have bountiful vegetable, fruit, herb and flower gardens without using harmful chemicals. Learn how to use simple, safe and natural methods to fertilize your garden and to rid it of pests and weeds.

Free Landscape Design Guides  Learn how to plan and create a beautiful flower garden or home landscape design. Here are dozens of top guides that are sure to help.

51 Budget Backyard DIYs That are Borderline Genius  Linda Jacobs searches the Internet to find and create fantastic lists of free projects and helpful how-to guides for you. Then, she posts them on her blog at Check out some of the great do it yourself backyard and landscape that she found.




Free, DIY Landscape Pond, Water Garden and Fountain Project Plans

Build Your Own Pond, by Joseph Truini at Popular Mechanics Magazine   Gurgling waterfalls are inherently appealing. Also, with the growing popularity of "water gardening," many people look at their ponds as an interesting, ongoing project. You can build yours with this quick guide to building a stone-lined, fit-anywhere, good-looking backyard pond.

How to Build an Arched Garden Footbridge  Making an arched footbridge out of lumber can be fun, hard work and also quite rewarding. If you take your time and have modest woodworking skills you can easily build this type of bridge. You can learn how with this free, illustrated, step-by-step builder's guide by Rod Bird at

Free Water Garden Plans and DIY Guides  Learn how to plan, design, build and maintain a beautiful water garden with this helpful guide from Extreme How-To Magazine. Build yours in the ground with free-form or prefabricated liners. Or, create a space-saving container water garden, or a little, bubbling fountain from any ceramic pot. Do it yourself guides for building all, plus a sturdy garden bridge, are offered by Extreme How-To Magazine.

A Simple Garden Bridge offers woodworking tools, hardware and great how-to-advice. Their free do-it-yourself woodwork project plans include a simple bridge that you can build for your Koi pond or to span a small creek or marshy area of your property.

Free Backyard Pond, Fountain, Waterfall and Water Garden Project Plans and Building Guides from The Family Handyman Magazine  Improve your Landscape, yard and garden with a beautiful Koi pond, stream, waterfall or fountain.  Follow easy, step-by-step instructions, plans and photographs to get great results.

Free Do It Yourself Koi Pond and Water Garden Plans and Guides  Learn how to create your own backyard water garden, Koi pond, waterfall, fountain and garden bridge and more. Find out which plants are toxic to fish, how to build a decorative water wheel that works and how to grow moss on rocks at the edges of your pond. It's all on our growing list of free DIY water garden projects.


Instant Download Pergola Plans  Build the perfect shady pergola for your deck, with easy-to-use, instant download building plans. These attractive structures are available in fourteen sizes from 8'x10' to 16'x16'. Every plan set includes easy-to-read building plans, step-by-step building instructions, a materials list, and large scale framing details. The plans include two different design levels so you can build your pergola within your budget.


Backyard Project Plans, Kits, Prefabs and Building Help   Build something great in your backyard with these deck, gazebo, greenhouse, playhouse and backyard project plans, building kits, manufactured buildings, guide books and building resources.


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