Backyard Living 9

This summer get inspired by these unique, local outdoor living spaces

1 The Ultimate Patio

A perfect outdoor oasis, this cozy family room lies just outside the back door. This Liberty Township residence features a covered patio with the works: a couch, fireplace, TV, mini-fridge and grill. The space offers this family of four a perfect area to kick back and relax.

For a pop of color, the family added patterned pillows and decorative accents, which pull in splashes of bright summer hues. A ceiling fan keeps them cool on the hottest of days, and you could add string lights to dress up an evening affair.

2 Gather and Grill

When summer nights turn a little cooler, nothing beats sitting around a fire, except perhaps having a beautiful stone firepit built right into the patio. This West Chester home features a firepit area alongside a covered patio, perfect for hosting a grill out and then roasting marshmallows by the fire. Kids and adults alike love s’mores, so what could be better than building a permanent s’more station into your backyard.

To add a splash of summer, the family utilized colorful chair cushions and pillows in the dining area. This home is currently on the market. To learn more or schedule a walk-thru, contact Mike Weghorst of Stanley Realty (

3 Perfect for Play

Ever heard of GaGa ball? A variant of dodgeball, GaGa ball combines dodging, striking, running and jumping, with the objective of being the last person standing. Players hit the ball at each other with their hands and are eliminated if the ball strikes them on or below the knee.

When this West Chester family had to remove fallen trees in their backyard, they decided to build a GaGa ball pit in the open space, offering their children and neighborhood friends a place to have fun together. The Turf Tailor used composite materials to build the pit so it wouldn’t require any maintenance, then filled it with tire mulch and built a gravel walkway to the pit. It’s become a favorite place for adults and kids alike.