years,the concept of outdoor living has been adopted by more and more
families. Basically, all it means is that the family gets as much
enjoyment from activities conducted outside as inside.
To do this, the outdoor living environment - the patio and its environs
- must be properly equipped; stocked, as it were, with all the things
an individual family needs to get the maximum enjoyment with the least
thrust of this book is helping you, the handyman, equip it yourself.
I've striven to include plans and ideas for the things anyone would
need. Most basic, of course, is the patio itself -- your
have included other projects as well, because homeowners have a crying
need for more information on them. For example, there are instructions
on how to build a driveway. Not just any driveway, but one that will
last for years without cracking. Elsewhere, you'll find information on
making simple edgings and retaining walls, an information on how to
make a variety of carports.
-- Introduction, Tom Philbin
The Practical Handbook of Patio and
by Tom Philbin
Fawcett Publications, 1975