10 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed in Your Dream Backyard

updated Oct 4, 2023
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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 10 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. This amazing deck/cabana hybrid (possibly with some sort of pulley system for delivering drinks).

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3. A pool… with a trampoline.

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

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5. An oversized screen for watching movies outdoors.

6. An outdoor shower…

7. A ‘spool’ — that is, a small swimming pool that can also function as a hot tub.

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

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

10. This cool modern treehouse.