How to Maximize Outdoor Living

This brick wall nicely defines Justin and Leah’s patio.

Opening the Space


Chelsea wants to tear down a brick wall that limits the space available for entertaining guests.
So Justin grabs a sledgehammer and knocks down the wall; as he swings, he stops at the brick, which adds more force, he learned from Danny.
Afterward, Chelsea pressure-washes the rest of the brick wall, which we left in place. Chelsea recommends methodically spraying the wall, “line by line,” which makes it easier to see missed spots.
Next, Danny uses Quikrete’s pre-mixed mortar to repair the brick wall and to add a column where the brick wall now ends.

Bar heigh counter
Short on patio space and need to maximize outdoor entertaining opportunities? Just build a bar-height counter on an existing fence.

Adding a Bar-Height Counter


Danny wants to add a bar-height counter along Justin and Leah’s fence to boost the space available for serving guests.
First, Chelsea and Leah use a nail gun to create a wall for the counter along the fence.
Next, Leah and her sister, Jessica, apply solid deck stain to the newly created wall and bar.
Danny and Chelsea topped the area with a shade sail that can support a string of lights to add ambiance.

Watch: How to Build a Decorative Bar>>

Finally, we leave Justin and Leah with a Wet & Forget sprayer, which will help them remove mold, mildew and algae on the home’s siding.

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