9 Backyard Design Ideas That Bring the Family Together

By Wendy Helfenbaum 3 minute read

Last updated on June 24th, 2020

Your backyard can easily become “the spot” for creating lasting memories. Toll Brothers offers many backyard design ideas that can help you customize your outdoor living space by providing options for kids play areas, pet-friendly dwelling, and fabulous patios for alfresco dining and entertaining.

There are endless options to maximize a large backyard for family activities, games, and lounging spots. Here are nine inspiring backyard design ideas for your fun-filled, family-friendly dream space.

 

1. Create a Cozy Nook

A quiet place tucked in the corner of your yard can offer a spot to curl up on a comfortable outdoor chair or swing with a book and a frosty beverage. Surround this area with oversized pots of fragrant flowers for the ultimate sensory escape.

Backyard nook design idea featuring elevated lounge and hot tub
Rio Verde, AZ

 

2. Cool Off by Making a Splash

The kids will love the chance to run through a splash pad on a hot summer day or jump into a luxurious in-ground pool with waterfall features that create a resort-like aesthetic. Consider installing cascading fountains, or a pond filled with vibrant koi fish to fill your yard with the sights and sounds of nature.

Luxe outdoor pool
Franklin Lakes, NJ

 

3. Take a Warm Dip on a Cool Evening

A relaxing soak in a hot tub after a long day is a wonderful way to unwind or reconnect with family and friends after a casual barbecue. Clad your hot tub in finishes that complement your deck or the exterior of your home. Many tubs come in a range of shapes and sizes to suit any lifestyle.

Luxe hot tub and pool in modern backyard design
Carlsbad, CA

 

4. Leave Room for Treetop Adventures

Children love nothing more than the magic of a treehouse. Whether it’s designed to be a miniature version of the family home or something whimsical just for them, a playhouse is a great place to spend rainy afternoons. Stock the treehouse with board games, decks of cards, and plenty of books to make it a screen-free zone.

Backyard treehouse design
Spring, TX

 

5. Create a Fire Pit

Outdoor fire pits offer many ways to enjoy summer—from roasting hot dogs or marshmallows and hosting impromptu sing-a-longs to providing an inviting spot to chat after dinner. Use paving stones that match your patio area or walkways to create a seamless look, and hide speakers in the walls for an added touch.

Circular outdoor fire pit
Gilbert, AZ

 

6. Jump for Joy

Watch your family and friends come together on an outdoor trampoline. It’s a fun way to get some exercise and some laughs. Other kid-friendly options include lawn games such as giant chessboards on the grass, mini-golf putting greens, and badminton nets to keep everyone active for hours.

Luxe backyard highlighted by putting green
Jacksonville, FL

 

7. Set up an Outdoor Kitchen and Bar

Nothing beats cooking outside for family and friends during warm weather. You can design a tiered clubhouse area featuring a well-equipped outdoor kitchen and a full bar that will have guests feeling as if they’re at a tropical hotel. Choose either a freestanding or built-in Wolf grill to feed a large group of people.

Stunning backyard kitchen and bar design by pool
Peoria, AZ

 

8. Leverage Your Lounge

With plush sectional sofas and comfy chairs, an outdoor lounge is where you’ll want to unwind or nap during the day or evening. Set up a hammock, add some twinkle lights, or install outdoor sconces to create a relaxing mood. It’s also a great spot for an outdoor movie projector screen. Don’t forget the popcorn!

Hanging lounge area
Porter Ranch, CA

 

9. Designate Space for Furry Friends

Cats and dogs need gentle hardscapes such as smooth flagstone paths where they can comfortably run around, sturdy plants and flowers that aren’t toxic or thorny, and fencing to enclose the entire area so that they won’t get loose or lost. Pets also need shade structures such as doghouses or cat patios. You can even designate a space devoted to competitive yard games and fetch for your active puppy. Be sure to leave out dishes of cold water for your pets to cool down.

Pet space in backyard
Fountain Hills, AZ

 

With so many options to transform your expansive outdoor oasis, you’ll be sure to enjoy your space for years to come. Be sure to check out Toll Brothers’ Outdoor Living board on Pinterest for more fun ideas.

Wendy Helfenbaum

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I'm a Montreal-based freelance journalist, content strategist, and TV producer with more than 20 years of experience. My work has appeared in consumer, digital, trade and custom publications, including Woman's Day, Costco Connection, Parents.com, Country Gardens, PBS NextAvenue.org, CruiseCritic.com, FamilyVacationCritic.com, Shermans Travel, ParentsCanada, Canadian Family, Style At Home, Canadian Gardening and many more. I've worked with brands including: ADP, Marriott, Shepell, Audi, Ford, REMAX, CN Railroad, Merck, ALEX and ANI, Garden Weasel, Metropolis, PwC, Third National Bank. I write about career/HR, business, automotive, parenting, lifestyle, travel, architecture & design, real estate, DIY, gardening, philanthropy, sports and the meetings/incentive industry.

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