Stop separating the outside of your home from the inside of your house, try to think of your premises as all one place. Look at your outdoor area, look at your yard and take inventory of the you have naturally because space. What has mother nature already provided for you? Hopefully you might have some kind of natural elements that can be the focal point within your new outdoor family area such as a large tree, a hedgerow, a fantastic slope, or a beautiful view. In urban locations, your yard could be a barren rectangle, with nothing inside but some dirt and weeds, but there may be other qualities you might 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.