Want to turn your backyard into the ultimate outdoor paradise? Luxurious pools, garden escapes, treehouses, she sheds, outdoor kitchens—you name it! If you’re ready to go big with your yard design, these 14 amazing ideas can give you the backyard inspiration you’ve been looking for and help you create a custom outdoor living space you’ll never want to leave!
Create an Outdoor Living Space with a Pergola
Turn an open backyard into a shaded outdoor living space with the addition of a large pergola! Opt for a vinyl, fiberglass, or metal pergola that includes decorative grating or sun shades with its canopy. These options hold up better against the elements and require little upkeep, unlike the more budget-friendly wood pergolas. You can also use your pergola to grow vines and other vertical flowering plants for a natural layer of outdoor shade!
Entertain Around a Fire Pit Lounge
Extend your outdoor entertaining space by adding a sunken patio with a fire pit! You can surround your fire pit with all kinds of comfortable seating options. Consider installing custom-size benches with cushions or adding outdoor chairs and loungers. With the fire pit itself, you can find wood-burning, propane, and natural gas options that you can customize with materials like brick or stone—and you can even change up the design with varieties like circular pits, square pits, tabletops, and more!
Make a Calming Backyard Pond
Want the ultimate water feature in your dream yard? Install a large pond! Utilize the existing topography of your backyard and design a tranquil water feature. You can even settle it around an outdoor living space, next to your deck, or alongside a pathway. Of course, there are other ways you can customize your backyard pond! Include a waterfall or stream that flows into the pond. Add reeds, waterlilies, and other pond plants. Throw in some fish like koi or goldfish. Or build a bridge over your pond!
Soak Up the Sun with a Luxurious Pool
Have you been dreaming about having a pool in your dream backyard? There are several swimming pool options available to you that can fit your yard and be customized to your outdoor fun needs. Infinity pools, waterfall pools, pools with slides, elevated pools, built-in jacuzzi pools, swim-up bar pools, endless swimming pools, pools that wrap around a sunken patio—if you can dream it, you can get it!
Become a Grill Master with an Outdoor Kitchen
Love to host backyard barbecues and pool parties? An outdoor kitchen is an excellent way to create your dream yard and up your entertaining game! Whether you use an outdoor kitchen kit, modular kitchen, or custom-built kitchen, you’ll want all the bells and whistles—sturdy countertops, cabinet storage space, grill, refrigerator, and full wet bar. Be sure your backyard kitchen has all the necessary hookups for water, gas, and electricity. And don’t forget about including plenty of seating for your guests!
Set Up the Ultimate Outdoor Bar Hangout
Why go to a bar when you can have your own backyard hangout! If you enjoy entertaining or simply just want a place where you can relax after a long day, create an outdoor bar. You can add a bar as part of an outdoor kitchen, in an outdoor shed, as a standalone tiki hut, as an extension of an outdoor living room, or even as a swim-up bar in a pool. To go the extra mile with your backyard bar, install TVs, lounge seating, and a tap with your favorite brews ready to pour!
Design an At-Home Movie Theater Outside
Does your family love movies? Move the viewing experience outdoors with a backyard movie theater! From giant inflatable screens with projectors to outdoor flatscreen TVs, there are plenty of ways you can create the ultimate theater in your yard. Set up your movie theater in a gazebo or under a pergola with comfy seating for shaded movie-watching. Or place your screen next to a pool so you can stay cool while watching your favorite films. And don’t forget to have popcorn and other movie snacks ready!
Ditch the Grass for an Entertainment Deck
If you want an amazing backyard that requires minimal upkeep, consider getting rid of the grass and building a deck that expands across your yard! This dream yard design gives you an incredible space for entertaining large groups of people without having to worry about lawn maintenance. Want to go the extra mile? Create more privacy with large shrubs or hedges, build a plunge pool into the deck, and set up custom seating with benches, tables, and outdoor bars!
Grow Your Own Vineyard in Your Yard
Are you a wine enthusiast? Do you live in a wine region? Have you wondered what it would be like to make your own wine? Plant a backyard vineyard! While you’ll want to check that the soil in your yard has the necessary nutrients and ensure that your local weather is ideal for growing, plotting a vineyard can be an excellent dream yard project—and you might get some good vino from it!
Go Big with a Garden Escape
Don’t settle for box gardens and basic landscaping. Design the beautiful garden you’ve always wanted in your backyard! Maybe that’s a hedge maze filled with sculptures and water features for you to wander through. Maybe it’s a more traditional English countryside garden with a summerhouse. Or maybe it’s a Japanese-style zen garden with a reflection pond, private pavilion, and stone pathways. Whatever way you go with your garden design, make sure it’s as big as your dream ideas!
Experience a Backyard Getaway with a Shed
Backyard sheds—and more specifically, she sheds—are among the hottest trends in dream backyard ideas right now. There are tons of uses for outdoor sheds—a home gym or yoga studio, a writing shack, an arts and crafts workshop, a reading nook, a home office space, a hangout spot, a guest house, and more! As you look to build this backyard oasis, don’t forget about customization elements like French doors, loft spaces, plumbing and electricity hookups, and cozy seating.
Set Up a Fun Playground for the Whole Family
If you and your family have been inspired by TV shows like American Ninja Warrior, where challenging obstacle courses are the name of the game, consider building a giant all-ages playground in your backyard! With everything from monkey bars and rope swings to rock climbing walls, you can design the ultimate playground to keep your family active and enjoying your outdoor space!
Build the Perfect Treehouse for the Kids
Have a sturdy tree in your backyard that you’re not sure what to do with? Give your kids the ultimate backyard playhouse with a treehouse where they can let their imaginations run wild! Build separate levels to give them more places to explore. Add indoor lighting so they can read and play after the sun goes down. And don’t forget about fun elements like rope bridges, slides, and lookouts!
Perfect Your Short Game with a Putting Green
Golfers of all ages will love having a putting green and chipping surface right in their backyard! By adding a green in your outdoor space, you’ll never miss out on an opportunity to hone your short game in between rounds and during the off-season. Whether you want to get some golf competition going during backyard parties or simply unwind after a long day with some chipping practice, a putting green is an excellent addition to your dream yard!
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