you may not have a lake view in your new back yard but I think every family home should have a fire pit. Some of my most favorite memories from childhood are about sitting around the fire-pit my Dad built in the back yard. Nothin like sitting around it on a warm summer night sipping hot chocolate, watching mom poke the coals and dad played his accordion.
"Rugged and natural-looking, this sunken firepit on Lake Washington is hard edged and geometric on the patio side but gently curving on the beach part, where natural granite boulders pack its sides. Feathery grasses blend with the shoreline habitat beyond. A boulder-seat is just right for extra guests." This type of firepit in my yard.