There’s no need to sit on your back patio in plastic lawn chairs in full view of your neighbors. With some creativity, it is possible to create an outdoor living space filled with all the comforts of indoors — cozy furniture, built-in entertainment systems, ambient lighting or a fireplace, and possibly even an outdoor kitchen. You can add unique touches to bring a bit of privacy to your new space.
Before you start creating a plan, you need to look at the backyard space you’re working with (sun exposure, access to plumbing or electrical, usable space, existing features like flooring and framework), and you need to decide how you plan to use the area. Do you want ample space for outdoor entertaining, including hosting dinner parties or watching sporting events? Do you want a quiet, peaceful nook where you can go to relax and unwind after work?