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The great escape can be in your very own backyard... from http://www.sunset.com/

Fire pit area idea: Raised-bed covered with pea gravel or maybe filled with crushed granite. The chairs and pots and stuff don't appeal to me, but the raised-beddyness does.

23 Impressive Sunken Design Ideas For Your Garden and Yard

23 Impressive Sunken Design Ideas For Your Garden and Yard

23 Simply Impressive Sunken Sitting Areas For a Mesmerizing Backyard Landscape homesthetics decor

Love the corner trellis idea for added privacy.  Would be a good idea for the backyard sitting area or the backyard corner by where the shed will be.

Love the corner trellis idea for added privacy. Would be a good idea for the backyard sitting area or the backyard corner by where the shed will be.

Backyard sitting area

My pool and front yard outdoor living areas were all done on tight and real budgets.

This is a collection of photos of my front yard "fireplace" sitting area and our backyard pool and cabana. They were all done a real life "little" budget.

This lush backyard becomes a perfect sitting area with just a quirky wooden bench and a simple coffee table.

This lush backyard becomes a perfect sitting area with just a quirky wooden bench and a simple coffee table.

My new woodsy backyard sitting area. Old tree roots with flowers planted in the empty spaces!

My new woodsy backyard sitting area. Old tree roots with flowers planted in the empty spaces!

Outdoor Lounge #manchesterwarehouse

Beautifully Designed Outdoor Lounge Area in Ukraine

10 Charming Seating Areas From The Garden Charmers

10 Charming Seating Areas From The Garden Charmers

Morning coffee on the porch (Garden of Len Barb Rosen) love the dark green wicker

pea gravel under a tree to make a sitting area, exactly what I want to do under the big tree in the front yard

the rocks serve as a "rug" and clearly define the seating space from the landscape. love, love this idea I do have a very large pine tree in my back yard this could work