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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 

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. 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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Western Red Cedar is perfectly suited for your outdoor projects. Naturally decay-resistant, light in weight, easy to work, this durable wood is as practical as it is good looking. Visit to learn more and to download any of a variety of landscape structure plans.

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

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.




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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.

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 

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.

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 and Ideas 

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 building guides and how-to tips, and deck furniture project plans.



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Sheds; Garages; Barns; Workshops 

Get started on your new shed, cabana, yard barn, garage, car barn, hobby shop, carriage house, workshop or backyard studio right now. With one order for just $29.00 you can download professional construction blueprints for over one hundred different designs. You'll be able to download any and all of the plans right away and print as many copies as you need to get permits, to get contractors' bids and for construction. The set comes with a full money-back guarantee. 


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 

Kristen Parnell 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 

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.

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.

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Choose From Hundreds and Hundreds of Free Backyard Improvement Plans and How-To Guides 

Improve your yard and landscape with a new birdhouse, dog house, fire pit, brick barbecue, shed, playhouse, yard barn, guest cottage, hobby greenhouse or backyard studio or office. Check out our big directory of the Internet's best free plans and building guides.

Free Shed Plans 

Use the directories here at Today's Plans to find your new storage shed, garden shed, tool shed, mini barn, potting shed, woodshed, hobby greenhouse or outdoor closet. Choose from hundreds free plans.

Free Porch, Patio, Deck and Garden Furniture Project Plans 

Build your own wooden outdoor furniture with the help of free plans and step-by-step instructions from top woodworkers and publishers. Find do it yourself plans for hundreds of picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, porch swings and rockers, easy-to-store folding furniture, outdoor storage solutions, tree benches, garden benches and much more. 

Free Building Guides 

Learn how to build all types of buildings with the help of these illustrated, step-by-step lessons. Turn any plan into a do-it-yourself project, save construction costs by finding out which parts of the project you can handle yourself, or learn enough to understand and follow your contractors' progress.

More Free Building Plans 

Help yourself to hundreds of plans for sheds, garages, workshops, cabins, cottages and solar homes, offered for free by some of the Internet's top designers and publishers. Then, check out our lists of thousands of free, do it yourself woodwork and home improvement project plans too.



Small Pole Barn Plans for Your Backyard

Backyard Mini-Barn Plans 

Build the perfect little barn for your property. Find construction blueprints for small pole barns, barn-style sheds, little pole-frame garages, all-purpose yard barns with lofts, small storage barns and little pole-frame country garages.



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