Furniture can be an expensive investment for backyards, but there are options for make-it-yourself benches, chairs, and tables. Here, low-cost concrete blocks, dry-stacked and covered with a foam pad, offer lots of seating in a high-traffic spot outside the home's back door.
A side yard can be a great place for a patio where you can relax with a good book or spend time with the kids. Or get double duty from it by entertaining guests. Install a fence or hedge if there's not already one there, then add a patio made from the material of your choice. Test Garden Tip: For extra privacy, plant strategically to block the view from a neighbor's windows.