Stop separating the outside in your home from the inside of your house, try to think of your residence as all one place. Look at your outdoor space, look at your yard and take inventory products you have naturally for the reason that 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 own new outdoor family room such as a large tree, a hedgerow, a good slope, or a beautiful view. There may be other qualities you might 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, though in urban locations, your yard may be a barren rectangle, with nothing in it but some weeds and dirt.