paper, 203 pp., $19.95
This is one of most practical books on the subject, just as one might expect from Taunton Press. Organized so it is easy to find specific details, there are sections on designing patios; outdoor cooking and dining; walls and shade structures; and paths and steps. Photographs and illustrations are clear and precise. Each section gives you options, arranged according to their potential cost in execution. If you are considering a project developing an outdoor space, this book will be quite a source of ideas.