Work with your natural surroundings
If your backyard is blessed with natural foliage, focus on working with the existing landscape instead of tearing it all up. This Vancouver homestead kept the canopy of cedars that lined the property and filled in with hostas and ferns to create a quiet jungle retreat in the city.
Blur the lines between indoors and outdoors
Wish there wasn’t a division between your cooking space and outdoor dining area? Install a wall of folding doors that seamlessly join the kitchen with the back deck. Continue the colour palette from the house for a streamlined, open-concept entertaining space.
Or simply bring the kitchen outside
If your kitchen design won’t allow for an open concept look, create a cooking space outside so you can entertain guests whilst preparing the food. A built-in barbecue with cabinets, a wine fridge and work surface mean you never have to feel separate from guests.