Considering your backyard as an outdoor room is nothing new to garden designers. The concept is just now making its way into the public consciousness. But just what are outdoor living rooms? Are they places where you try to recreate your indoor living area outdoors? No, not exactly. Are they places such as your deck, patio or terrace where you just plop down a collection of furniture and hope that you'll think that spending time out there? No, that won't do either. An outdoor family area is a space outside of your house, built with materials suitable to the outdoors, where you will actually want to spend time! It's also a state of mind, the idea of living life outdoors.