Stop separating the outside in your home from the inside of your house, try to think of your premises as all one place. Look at your outdoor area, look at your yard and take inventory of the items you have naturally because space. What has mother nature already provided for you? Hopefully you possess some kind of natural elements that can be the focal point of your respective new outdoor family room such as a large tree, a hedgerow, a nice slope, or a beautiful view. In urban locations, your yard could be a barren rectangle, with nothing within it but some weeds and dirt, but there could possibly be other qualities you can start with, such as a lovely angle of morning sun, maybe a nice brick wall in one side creating a microclimate, or even an interesting urban view of some kind.