Enjoy more time spent outside in summer thanks to these tips and tricks. Backyards come in all shapes and sizes and they\u2019re often completely unique. There\u2019s only one thing they all have in common: they're outdoors! We've put together some handy tips to help you create an extra living space and spend more time outdoors this summer. Spend more time outdoors this summer! Utilise your side yard as an extra living space If you\u2019ve got a narrow space down the side of your house, there are a number of ways you can create an extra living space for summer. You could turn it in into an al-fresco spot to enjoy a quiet meal or even add a foliage partition and turn it into a secret garden. String up some outdoor lights to add a relaxed ambience and sit out there with a cup of tea and a good book. Perfection! Create an entertainment area This seems like an obvious suggestion, but there are so many options when it comes to creating a comfortable space in your backyard. When you're creating your space, weather protection is the most important thing to consider. The best way to protect yourself and your guests from the weather is by installing a pergola or verandah. This will add an extra room to your home \u2013 one that you can enjoy outdoors, in any weather! A timber deck is also a great addition if you want to add little warmth to an outdoor space. Decking creates a comfortable and inviting space, and can really be the cherry on top of a great entertaining area. Create more space in your backyard. Create multiple areas Dividing your backyard into segments is a great way to make the area seem bigger. Split your yard into two distinct areas: one for outdoor dining and one for relaxation. Add some seating and you\u2019ll be able to sit out there for a few drinks on those pleasant summer nights. You can separate the areas with plants, or you can create multiple levels to maximise the space. We\u2019ve found this is the perfect way to go if your backyard is on a slope. Do you want to create an extra living space, perfect for summer? Are you itching to spend time outdoors in your backyard over summer? Whether you want a personal relaxation space or an area to entertain, Australian Outdoor Living has you covered. Simply fill out the free measure and quote form on this page and we\u2019ll be in touch!