Stop separating the outside of 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 of the items you have naturally because space. What has mother nature already provided for you? Hopefully you may 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 great 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 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.