Outdoor living at its finest.

1. A covered platform deck offers protection from the elements.

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2. This small backyard keeps things cozy with a concrete fire pit and bistro lights.

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3. Outdoor furniture can be expensive — built-in seating is a cheaper alternative.

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4. Swing away the afternoon in a hanging rattan chair, softened up with sheepskin throws and plenty of pillows.

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5. Acapulco chairs pair well with the dry landscaping in this California backyard.

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6. The wood slats of this privacy screen allow the homeowner to hang potted plants.

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7. An oversized sectional ensures there is seating for everyone when guests come over.

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8. An outdoor fireplace extends your patio season well into the fall.

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9. Stone pavers visually separate the dining and lounge zones in this urban backyard.

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10. A space-efficient backyard bar with a pergola brings the party outside.

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11. Artificial grass is a great low-maintenance option for families with kids.

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12. A dark, moody color palette contrasts beautifully against a lush backdrop.

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13. This kids’ playhouse is nicer than most people’s real homes.

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14. A shade sail is a must-have for outdoor dining spaces.

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15. Those who live in drought-prone areas or condominiums will appreciate the look of this faux-bonfire.

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16. A stock tank pool is wallet-friendly *and* well-suited for small backyards.

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17. And finally, this lively backyard features both indoor and outdoor spaces for all-weather enjoyment.

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