Stop separating the outside of your home from the inside of your house, try to think of your property 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 possess some kind of natural elements that can be the focal point of your new outdoor family room such as a large tree, a hedgerow, a great slope, or a beautiful view. There could be other qualities you may start with, such as a lovely angle of morning sun, maybe a nice brick wall on a single side creating a microclimate, or even an interesting urban view of some kind, though in urban locations, your yard may well be a barren rectangle, with nothing in it however some dirt and weeds.