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When you’re building your dream home, don’t forget to consider the elements you need in your backyard, too. Particularly if you live in a warm climate, it’s likely you’ll use your back yard for family fun and entertaining guests for several months out of each year. That’s why it’s wise to think well beyond the basic deck and barbecue grill as you design the garden of your dreams. Here are some great features you may want to incorporate.

  • Pool and spa- These make a great backyard feature that will keep your family and friends entertained every weekend. Talk to your pool builder while you’re working on your house so that the pool and spa design can be incorporated from the beginning. If you lack space or don’t think you’ll use a pool, consider installing only a hot tub. These can be located on a deck or patio, and take up very little space.
  • Outdoor kitchen – An outdoor kitchen allows you to truly throw an outdoor party without requiring the hostess to run in and out all night, missing half the fun. There are many different configurations you can choose for an outdoor kitchen, and many different elements these can contain. Consider a smoker in addition to a grill. An outdoor brick oven makes a nice addition, as well, allowing you to make homemade pizzas and many other foods in your back yard.
  • Games – Putting greens, basketball goals and tennis courts are all great features for the perfect dream backyard. Consider the games your family is most likely to play, and incorporate one or more into your design.

Taking your family’s interests into consideration will allow you to design the perfect outdoor oasis. Whether it’s an outdoor brick oven for making pizza or a putting green for golf practice, your back yard is certain to be a dream come true.