Top 10 Backyard Trends to Try This Summer

Take a look at some of the cool features that bring this updated and user-friendly Tampa, Florida yard of Peter DeBree and Kat Lewis to the next level.

By: Jeannie Matteucci

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Something for Everyone

A linear fire table that adds warmth for chilly nights, a 6x9 foot BBQ with bar area and separate spaces for dining and lounging outdoors are some of the cool features that make this spectacular backyard both attractive and functional.

Modern Divider Wall

The impressive divider wall that helps define the backyard patio from an adjoining grassy area was made with pre-treated wood and decorative panels, and includes a selection of easy-care succulents that add natural beauty on the patio side.

Under the Stars

On the other side of the divider wall, a theater screen that the homeowners previously owned was hung so guests can gather on the backyard’s new section of grass and watch their favorite flicks under the stars.

Easy-Care Garden

A low-maintenance, self-watering modular tiered herb garden provides fresh herbs for meals at home and adds beauty to this updated backyard that offers something for everyone.

Smart Irrigation System

The underground irrigation system for the landscaping in this well-detailed backyard can be programmed via a smart phone, so homeowners can control water schedules and settings at all times, even when away from home.

Urban Farming

Any urban farmer would love the backyard’s renovated chicken coop with clean, modern lines, that was moved to the left side of the property to create a more private space away from the dining area. The chickens can now enjoy some fresh air in their own grassy section of the yard.

Watering Schedule

The control panel for the easy-to-use underground irrigation system on the side of the house helps regulate the watering schedule, so all of the yard’s flowers, grass, plants and trees stay healthy and looking their best.

Lounge Space

The updated remote-controlled garage doors open to this new modern lounge space inside, with a seating area, desk for working at home, upgraded laundry facilities and a refrigerator. A new A/C unit was also added to keep the space comfortable all year long.

Zen-Like Spot

What once was dead space between the house and garage was transformed into this inviting outdoor reading nook, with chocolate brown swing egg chairs and a blue bohemian-style indoor/outdoor area rug. Instead of pavers, pebble stones were used under the rug to create a natural, zen-like look.

Easy Outdoor Entertaining

Guests can visit with the cook and watch the action at the grill in this well-designed 6x9 foot BBQ and bar area, with seating for four and an attractive granite top that helps elevate the look of the space.