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Nine back yards you need to copy!

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From the indulgence of sheer luxury to the practicality of countryside rustic, your back yard should be considered an extension of your home. These inspirational gardens and uses of outdoor space are crucial components of each property that they envelop. In this list, we showcase both opulence and understatement, including a number of down-to-earth, sustainable backyards for eco-friendly living. Enjoy!

Stretching the definition of a back yard

This outdoor space is as ambiguous as it is serene and luxurious. More an atrium than a back yard, weather-proof outdoor furniture lets the homeowners relax shaded from the sun.  The cool white walls and architectural plants add a gently tropical feel.

Join the treehouse club

This striking wooden-slatted gazebo takes its cues from everyone's childhood fantasy – the ultimate treehouse – to bring arboreal living down to earth in inimitable style.  

Free-flowing indoor and outdoor spaces

This home emphasises natural flow from indoor to outdoor, with a covered terrace and dining area connecting a lounger-strewn lawn and the body of the house. 

Water and sculpture in the sun

Minimal, modern design transforms this backyard pool area into a work of art. Asymmetric blocks of stone impart a degree of privacy, but moreover provide a vertical, visual counterpoint to the tranquil, horizontal surface of the swimming pool. 

Back to basics

This simple woven wicker wall recalls ancient countryside practices, underlining this property's semi-rural location, providing shelter from wind (and the neighbours). 

Descend into Zen

Another water feature – but one not intended for human bathing – this stone-ringed pond is filled with Japanese koi carp, creating a tranquil spot for reflection in the garden. 

Upcycle for style

This compact garden makes extensive use of recycled materials to not only bring down costs but create an eye-catching space in which to kick back. Cable spools sunk into the earth provide soil stability, stepping stones in wet weather, and visually punctuate this long, side-slung backyard. 

Talk about farm-to-table: essential ecology

Increasingly, forward thinking homeowners are turning to their backyards to furnish their kitchens with the freshest produce possible. This functional garden has been filled with elevated planters made from recycled timber – an essential ecological gesture in today's world. 

For a home with a green heart, take a look at: A modern and nature-friendly home in Japan

Which of these amazing gardens is your favourite?
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