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2. Consider steps and pathways between outdoor rooms. Part of what makes outdoor rooms work well is the way you travel from one part of the space to another. Consider adding stairs, terraces, gravel paths or stepping stones between outdoor rooms. Or change the material underfoot — pavers in one area; pea gravel, concrete and grass in others.
1. Think of your yard as a series of outdoor rooms. This Austin, Texas, backyard seamlessly combines a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen and dining patio, and a playhouse for the kids. Think about the activity zones in your own backyard — is there something you would love to add this year? Does everyone in your household have a spot where they can play or relax in the yard? Brainstorm a few ways to add more fun
3. Get more function out of a small space with well-defined zones. The smaller your space, the more important it is to clearly mark the boundaries of the outdoor rooms. In this backyard a patio close to the house is covered in large concrete pavers, raised vegetable beds run along the fence line, a barbecue area sits at the end of the yard, and a grassy area keeps the center open and flexible
8. Extend your indoor living space with a deck. No matter the size of your yard, pay attention to the transitional space between indoors and out. Is there a good flow there? Having large windows or French or sliding glass doors leading onto a deck will lure you outside. Even a small deck can be enough space for a few pots of kitchen herbs and plump cushions or a pair of chairs
9. Get more out of secondary areas. Are you doing anything with your side yard? If you’ve all but given up on it, thinking it was too small to work with, why not give it another look? Perhaps you could clean it up and add climbing plants or dwarf trees to provide a prettier view from inside the house. Or, if you find a bit of extra space, carve out room for a gas grill, compost container or storage shed
13. Add evening ambience. Make those future summer evenings more magical by adding outdoor lighting around your seating area and along paths. As with indoor lighting, choosing more but smaller lights is better than having a few really bright ones