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8 Projects for Backyard Fun

Summer weekends at home are the best?those days when you have nowhere to be and nothing to do except relax. Make those moments even better with one or more of these eight amazing projects for backyard fun

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Putting Green

Work on your golf game at home by sectioning off a piece of your yard for a putting green. This one is designed with artificial turf (you could also use your real grass, just cut it extra short) and a small sand trap.

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Pizza Oven

There's no substitute for wood-fired pizza. Install your own backyard pizza oven and have all-you-can-eat wood-fired pizza every night!

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Basketball Court

Don't love yard work? Replace your lawn with a basketball court and say goodbye to mowing forever! Kids and adults alike will love shooting hoops in this backyard.

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Swimming Pool

Avoid the crowds of people cooling off at the beach this summer by installing your own swimming pool at home. This one is nice and small—perfect for a quick Saturday afternoon dip.

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Croquet CourtKevin Kipper/Shutterstock

Croquet Court

You can set up a croquet court in almost any yard, but it would make the game even more fun to groom the lawn like the homeowners did here. Preppy outfits are optional.

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Outdoor Great Room

Just as an indoor great room combines kitchen and living room spaces, this outdoor version will bring the family together for an alfresco dinner at the table and dessert by the fire.

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Tennis and More

Have space for a court, but can't decide between tennis and basketball? Why not have both? This court features a hoop, a net and markings for both tennis and basketball!

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Boccie Ball

Incorporate a boccie ball court into your deck, as this homeowner did, and you won't have to worry about leveling your yard. The additional seating adds to the playful outdoor space.