Lounge area. Seating for up to 12 and a firepit with room for plates and glasses encourage lounging. “I wanted a big living room–style sofa that works outdoors,” says Houston. For extra guests, she puts cushions on the lid of their daughter’s old sandbox.
Spaces for all ages. For their daughter, the couple built a toy closet and a fountain for water play. Their teenage sons often hook the PlayStation up to the screen, or play basketball on the other side of the yard.