Family Handyman DIY Tip of the Day: Inexpensive Wet Basement Solution. Sloping the soil away from the house will take care of the problem most of the time. Firmly pack clay soil around the foundation, with at least a slope over the first 4 ft.
If you're looking for outdoor bar ideas or DIY gazebo plans, this “grillzebo” is perfect. It's big enough to accommodate most standard grills but small enough that it might just fit on your existing patio. Customize your own grillzebo with lighting, grill
Cross section of a wooden retaining wall. Wooden frame built from treated lumber, set on stone/gravel, and the back & bottom of frame is wrapped with weather proof material. Cheaper & lighter than stone wall