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