Cool drinks. Barbecues. Relaxing. They’re all the makings of the perfect summer evening when enjoying time with family and friends. It’s the season when everyone is looking for ways to spend time outside — and with a little ingenuity and a knack for do-it-yourself projects, the backyard can easily become an outdoor oasis.

Here are some summer project tips:

Deck prep


Many homes have a patio or deck. A fresh sweep, followed by a hose-down of the area will clear off any debris from the patio. A coat of fresh stain on a deck will liven up the whole space.

Outdoor living

Cooking on outdoor grills can help keep the heat out of the kitchen. An outdoor fire pit serves as an inviting centerpiece to the area, allowing everyone to enjoy cooler summer evenings.

Relax and enjoy

Finally, create seating areas where family and friends can relax. The classic Adirondack chair is the perfect option for additional seating. Why not take it a step further and create a cozy seat for two, including a table and a place for an umbrella to shade the area? The only needed tools to build a double Adirondack chair are a SKIL jigsaw, circular saw and drill. The step-by-step instructions on SKIL’s website will show you how to build each chair, the center table and assemble all of the pieces to create the seat. You’ll have a new outdoor seating area that is customized for your backyard oasis.


With a little work around the backyard, you’ll have a comfortable and cozy living space that can be used during warm summer months. For more do-it-yourself projects and tips for every season, visit