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13 photos of backyard inspiration you never knew you needed

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Missing hot weather and tan lines? We are too. To ignite some backyard inspiration here are 13 unique and satisfying ideas on how to transform that outdoor space into a backyard oasis. So get ready, it’s time to pin, like, tweet and dream about those warm summer nights spent relaxing in your perfect backyard.

Here are some of our favorite photos providing backyard inspiration and designing your dream outdoor space.

1. Stay in movie theatre

Light In The Box Blog

No need to go to a drive-in if your backyard has a private movie theatre that comes with homemade snacks and comfy seating. Pop the popcorn, and you’re good to go!

2. Serenity now

Yoga Farm Costa Rica

Although you may not have an ocean view in your backyard, a space to meditate and call your own can help you feel centred in a busy world. Consider setting up a yoga spot to take your summer relaxation to another level.

3. Everything you’ve ever wanted in one space

Pools, Spas & Patios

This is the ultimate backyard for summer fun and activities. Who wouldn’t want a pool, basketball court and spa in one space?

4. A true outdoor kitchen

Lubbock Online

Rather than visit a restaurant patio, consider investing in your outdoor kitchen that comes with beautiful cabinets and lush greenery.

5. Lifesize game boards

Pool Table Review Guru

Why put in a pool when you could play pool? This lifesize game board could also be used for chess, checkers and a bunch of your favourites.

6. A pool for every member of the family


Perfect for us Canadians who can’t do every month of the year outdoors, this fully-sheltered backyard will provide the perfect inspiration. Not only does it have a pool, but it’s also split into a few different pools so that each one of your siblings can hop in without disturbing mom and dad.

7. Maximizing a small space

Distracto Architecture

In some cities, outdoor space is at a premium. However, that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice a little slice of heaven. The right furniture and an urban garden make all the difference for decorating a small space.

8. Private escape in your backyard

G Talk

Taking an indoor space and turning it into an outdoor getaway might be just what your yard needs to take your summer from loud and busy to quiet and serene. Add a bookshelf and some art to spice up a patio.

9. Cityscape views for miles


Not only would we love to warm up next to this fireplace, but we’d also love to watch the sunset on the city skyline every single summer night. Nothing says backyard inspiration quite like an infinity pool.

10. Small details make a big difference


Seeing as we won’t all be fortunate enough to experience a backyard with an infinity pool quite like the previous photo — something as small as an area rug, wood panels or finished concrete will help an outside space look more polished.

11. Bring the rainforest straight to your backyard

Buckboard Hill

Why go to the forest when your garden can take you there in an instant? These cute park benches and unique decorations give us total rainforest vibes.

12. Making the ordinary stand out


Everyone has seen dull patio tiles — but not everyone has used them to create an artsy walkway. Your guests will feel like they’re walking up this summers hottest red carpet, with a little bit more green in the mix.

13. Homegrown vegetable garden

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Scoop. it!

Vegetables from the grocery store may taste great, but nothing will top these fresh homemade vegetables you’ve grown yourself.

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Amy Billingsley

Amy is a Realtor with Zolo who lives and specializes in the Tri-Cities area (Port Moody, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam). A fan of The Amazing Race and mid-century modern architecture, Amy spends her off-time on hiking trails or taking in a movie with her family.