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Creating a backyard retreat with a new patio, water feature, and an expanded deck with pergola in Nebraska City, NE

The addition of the patio brings a new space to relax at the end of the day. By adding a fire table rather than a permanent fire pit the client can enjoy a warm fire with the ability to change the layout to fit their needs.

Add Water: Mask the sounds of the surrounding city with a trickling stream or babbling brook. Water features such as this pond look and sound great, plus attract birds and other wildlife to the garden.

Backyard Patio Ideas: A Pergola, DIY Decor and Family Fun

Here's a patio and pergola where one didn't exist before. Joni of Lay Baby Lay created an exquisite outdoor family room, complete with clever DIY decor. Click through for more gorgeous photos. (@Joni Lay / Lay Baby Lay)