The Essentials for a Relaxing Backyard

The most successful family backyards offer space for everyone to enjoy: a place for children to play, somewhere to cook and eat outside, and an area to unwind and relax in the evening.
Bench Seating Offers Quiet Place to Relax

Bench Seating Offers Quiet Place to Relax

A secluded backyard hide away bench is designed for a quiet place to relax, talk or read. It offers a cool shady spot away from busy areas around the patio, plus a spot to enjoy the sights and sounds of the garden.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Secluded Hide-Away

Design an area where you and the children can relax and take time to talk or read. This pretty arbor seat is ideal, and offers a cool, shady spot from which to enjoy the sights and sounds of the yard.

Outdoor fireplace

This vibrant yellow outdoor fireplace creates a wonderful focal point and warm homely atmosphere for evening gatherings, while also lending the garden a bold, contemporary look.


A hammock may well be the perfect place to unwind alone with a book in a shady part of the yard, but there is no denying that it can also be a lot of fun, doubling as an impromptu piece of play equipment. It will be popular with every member of the family.


No back yard would be complete without somewhere to cook outdoors. A brick-built barbeque in a corner of a patio that is always there, ready to be fired up, will get more use than one that needs to be brought out from storage each time you want to use it.

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