15 Dreamy Backyards That Have Us Craving Summer

Just a classic pre-summer's night dream.

Growing up, it never really felt like summer until the first time my older brothers and I spent an entire day outside in the backyard. And while my taste in yard decor has progressed from the basketball hoop and swing set I loved back then, one thing remains the same: It's not really summer without some quality time spent outside — preferably in a well-appointed backyard.

As we creep ever closer to the first day of summer I've been craving nights spent perched by a fire pit and days sprawled out on a pool raft (with plenty of SPF, of course). Oh, and did I mention I live in New York City with no outdoor space to speak?A girl can dream. Dare to join me on my summer dream fest? These 15 yards are sure to do the trick.

1: Hello, Hot Tub

Backyard Spa Retreat

Backyard Spa Retreat

This finished backyard at the Johnson residence features a covered patio with a fire pit for chilly nights and a spa for relaxing by licensed contractor Matt Blashaw and his crew as seen on the HGTV's Yard Crashers.

Photo by: Martin Klimek/Getty Images

Martin Klimek/Getty Images

I mean, come on, there are so many standout aspects in this yard — from the hot tub to the flowers to the fire pit — who wouldn't want to spend a summer night out here?

2: Colorful + Cute

Patio Table with Seating for Six

Patio Table with Seating for Six

The back patio in this home is a great place to entertain. With a patio table that seats six and space that extends along the length of the house, the homeowners have plenty of room for guests, while string lights and bright fabrics help to bring the space to life.

Photo by: Wake and Loom

Wake and Loom

That tablecloth! Those string lights! All that greenery! Honestly, when can I move in?

3: Let's Lounge

Lower Lounge Area With Outdoor Daybed

Lower Lounge Area With Outdoor Daybed

The lower side patio area has a daybed for a relaxing spot beside the pool. The homeowner really wanted some separate areas to enjoy and relax in the backyard.

Photo by: Heather Knapp

Heather Knapp

Nothing sounds better than curling up on that cozy lounge chair with an iced coffee and a good book.

4: Poolside Retreat

View From Back Patio

View From Back Patio

The back patio includes a space for four to sit and enjoy a casual meal together as well as two lounge chairs for sunbathing and relaxing by the pool.

Photo by: Harold Leidner Company Landscape Architects

Harold Leidner Company Landscape Architects

This refined backyard looks like the perfect place to host a lovely poolside luncheon on a lazy Sunday.

5: Swing, Swing

Cozy Patio With Swing

Cozy Patio With Swing

A swinging bench invites guests to kick back and enjoy the sunset from the patio. A towering outdoor fireplace adds a backdrop of warmth and comfort on cooler nights.

Photo by: Ana Rodriguez-Gonzalez and/or Lorenzo Gonzalez

Ana Rodriguez-Gonzalez and/or Lorenzo Gonzalez

Ugh, look at that cushion-heavy swing. It's just begging for someone to sprawl out and take in that gorgeous view.

6: Outdoor Oasis

Eclectic Backyard Patio With Waterfall

Eclectic Backyard Patio With Waterfall

In this backyard, a round patio plays off the circular stepping stones in the walkway. The stunning water feature is a focal point in the design by HGTV's Yard Crashers.

Photo by: Martin Klimek/Getty Images

Martin Klimek/Getty Images

Now that's one waterfall you should absolutely chase or at least enjoy from the decked-out seating area.

7: Party Perfect

Mediterranean Backyard

Mediterranean Backyard

Contemporary pendant lights hang under a covered patio in the dining area of this Mediterranean style backyard. An outdoor grill station with a patterned tile backsplash sits to the right of the pool.

Photo by: Warwick P Hunt

Warwick P Hunt

A pool, grilling station and giant umbrella are all you really need in order to throw the best summer party possible.

8: The Happiest Hues

Covered Yellow and Blue Backyard Patio

Covered Yellow and Blue Backyard Patio

The yellow and blue color palette of this patio gives this home's backyard a cheerful look.

I have three words for this patio: That. Color. Palette. How can you go wrong with a statement ceiling paired with cool blue walls, lush green plants and crisp, white concrete?

9: Privacy Please

Pool: Historic Classic Beauty in Newport, RI

Pool: Historic Classic Beauty in Newport, RI

The stunning mosaic swimming pool is surrounded by lush landscaping and a slate patio that offers dining, lounging and entertaining areas.

Photo by: Lila Delman Real Estate International, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Lila Delman Real Estate International, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

This backyard guarantees that you won't have to deal with nosey neighbors with the sky-high hedges and abundance of trees.

10: Take a Seat

Contemporary White Patio with Neutral Wicker Chairs

Contemporary White Patio with Neutral Wicker Chairs

A contemporary white patio with neutral wicker chairs is shown, as seen on HGTV's Hosue to Home.

From: House to Home
and Is That My House?

Ample seating — plus a cute little swing — make this patio ideal for company.

11: Light Up the Night

Party-Ready Backyard With Pool

Party-Ready Backyard With Pool

Crisp, clean lines and unique accent lighting make this entertainment-ready backyard a real show-stopper. Plenty of seating surrounds the pool, and carefully planned landscaping allows room for a tidy, rectangular lawn.

Photo by: LGB Interiors

LGB Interiors

This in-ground pool looks like it was made for night swims thanks to plentiful string lights.

12: Outdoor Eclectic

Various patterns and colors mingle harmoniously in this cute, covered backyard from HGTV Magazine.

13: Built-In Bar

Southwestern-Style Patio With Cooking Station and Countertop

Southwestern-Style Patio With Cooking Station and Countertop

An outdoor cooking station includes extended counter space for friends and family to gather with the cook. The counter is trimmed in the same Spanish-style ceramic tile that adorns the nearby fireplace, creating visual continuity in the patio area.

Photo by: Douglas Hill Photography

Douglas Hill Photography

A turquoise tiled bar serves as the centerpiece for this chef-friendly yard. Did we mention it comes equipped with a grill and fire pit as well?

14: Multiple Spaces

Create Zones

Create Zones

Instantly make your outdoor living room feel larger by outfitting adjacent spaces with furnishings in the same style and color scheme. While the covered area is meant for lounging and grilling out, the narrow area beside it has been designated for conversations in full sun.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

This backyard makes it possible for multiple groups to find their own spot thanks to the two separate seating areas and the spacious pool.

15: Small But Mighty

Yellow and Blue Front Porch with Brown Wicker Chairs

Yellow and Blue Front Porch with Brown Wicker Chairs

Full, functioning window shutters were custom built by Home Town host Ben Naiper in his woodshop and painted in pale blue to match the painted concrete porch.

From: Home Town
and Cottage Charm

Even though it's a little short on space, spending the day on this adorable porch would be a summer dream come true.

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