First and foremost, decide how you want to use your outdoor space and design accordingly. Will you be entertaining guests, grilling and dining with the family, spending quiet time outdoors with a book, or perhaps all of the above?

Then, deliberate on what’s feasible and how much time and money you’d like to invest to best suit your needs. As an added touch, don’t forget about lighting! Simple string lights are an easy way to add character to any outdoor space, making it usable for all hours of the day and night.