18 Things You Didn't Know You Needed in Your Dream Backyard

18 Things You Didn't Know You Needed in Your Dream Backyard

Nancy Mitchell
Jul 19, 2016
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A backyard is like a blank slate: a little tiny plot of land all your own, to deal with however you please (with perhaps a little input from your homeowners' association). What will you do with your own little estate? Here are 18 ways to make the very most of your backyard — innovative (and maybe even a little crazy) features you never knew you needed.

1. A swimming pool that looks like a pond.

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2. An outdoor bar with a pass-through to the kitchen.

3. A splash pad — cheaper to build and easier to maintain than a pool, but just as much fun.

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4. This amazing deck/cabana hybrid (possibly with some sort of pulley system for delivering drinks).

5. A cozy outdoor conversation pit... preferably with a fireplace.

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6. A pool... with a trampoline.

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7. A cozy seating area (and water feature! and fire pit!) made from concrete pipes.

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8. A suspended swinging daybed.

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9. An oversized screen for watching movies outdoors.

10. An outdoor shower...

11. ... and maybe an outdoor tub.

12. A 'spool' — that is, a small swimming pool that can also function as a hot tub.

13. A backyard bowling alley! Find a DIY here.

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14. An outdoor kitchen, complete with wood-fired pizza oven.

15. This fire pit/swing combo that you can make yourself.

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16. A rock slide (and maybe a waterfall and a rope swing, too).

17. This cool modern treehouse.

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18. A slide that goes straight from the house to the yard, because steps are for squares.

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