Stop separating the outside of your house from the inside of your house, try to think of your home as all one place. Look at your outdoor area, look at your yard and take inventory products you have naturally in that space. What has mother nature already provided for you? Hopefully you might have some kind of natural elements that can be the focal point of the new outdoor family area such as a large tree, a hedgerow, a good slope, or a beautiful view. In urban locations, your yard could be a barren rectangle, with nothing inside 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 using one side creating a microclimate, or even an interesting urban view of some kind.