9 Backyard Design Ideas That Bring the Family Together

By Toll Brothers 3 minute read

Last updated on February 11th, 2021

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
Toll Brothers at Verde River in 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
Reserve at Franklin Lakes in 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.

Vista Point at Southshore by Toll Brothers in Aurora, CO

 

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
Woodson’s Reserve by Toll Brothers in 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.

The Woods of South Barrington in South Barrington, IL

 

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
Edison by Toll Brothers in 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
Toll Brothers at the Meadows in 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
Hillcrest at Porter Ranch by Toll Brothers in 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
Toll Brothers at Adero Canyon in 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.

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Toll Brothers, an award-winning FORTUNE 500 company founded in 1967, is the nation's leading builder of luxury homes. Embracing an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service, Toll Brothers currently builds in 24 states nationwide, and is a publicly owned company with its common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TOL). 2021 marks the 10th year Toll Brothers has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies® list. Toll Brothers also has been honored as national Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine, and was twice named national Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine.

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