The home is meant to be enjoyed, which includes the backyard as well. There are so many wonderful things to do with a backyard. Extend past the typical pool and lawn. These are wonderful to have, but there are so many other things that can be created in the backyard. Create an oasis. Create a Japanese garden. Create an observatory. Create anything desired.
Explore likes, passions and desires when considering what to place in the backyard. For instance, if a person likes parties and get-togethers, create the best arena for a party. Create multi-layered decks with ipe hardwood and speakers. This provides many platforms for people to eat, talk and dance. Keep stackable tables around for guests to use as needed.
Turn the backyard into a theater experience. Hang an overhead projector screen in front of any viewing area or build an outdoor living room. Place a large-screen TV outside in the outdoor living room to watch TV or movies. Place special weather-resistant furniture outside. Have heaters, blankets and other comforts to enjoy the outdoors. Strings lanterns and lights throughout the yard to create dim light or twinkling.
The backyard can take on any purpose. With people bringing the indoors out, a whole new use of the backyard has opened up extensively. Combine traditional backyard uses with new ones. For instance, lounge in the pool while watching a movie on a hot summer night. Have a dinner party outside next to an outdoor fireplace. The possibilities are endless.