Families are always looking for ways to spend more time together, and parents are often searching for strategies to pull their kids away from the television and video games. Many homeowners are creating gathering spaces right in their own backyards, to provide a fun and at-home retreat.

1. Child size and kid friendly.

Consider incorporating kid’s outdoor furniture into your backyard space design. Having their own area, seats and tables will encourage them to spend more time outdoors.

2. Stay on budget.

Creating an outdoor room doesn’t have to break the bank. Look for outdoor pieces that can serve multiple purposes. For example, picnic tables with detached benches can be used in the traditional way, or you can set out a buffet style meal on the table and use the benches elsewhere for more casual seating.

3. Carve out a space for just you.

Especially for busy mothers, any porch, patio or outdoor spaces should always leave a section nestled in the corner for solo-relaxation. Whether you string a hammock, hang a porch swing or simply pull one of those dining chairs/patio chairs out of the way, having a quiet space to reflect outdoors will do wonders for your stress levels.