Stop separating the outside of your property 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 in the space. What has mother nature already provided for you? Hopefully you may have some kind of natural elements that can be the focal point of your respective new outdoor living 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 it but some dirt and weeds, but there could possibly be other qualities you may start with, such as a lovely angle of morning sun, maybe a nice brick wall on one side creating a microclimate, or even an interesting urban view of some kind.