Backyard bars, like this one from HGTV's Going Yard, are a natural extension of the outdoor dining room trend. The extra seating and counter space are great for entertaining. The fun, tropical style of this bar makes it a desirable hangout for family and friends.
After removing poison ivy and ill-conceived wood chips, the crew of HGTV's Going Yard expanded the existing deck and topped it with an L-shaped bar. A wide paver patio boasts a dining table for six at one end and a shady pergola at the other. Fountaingrass, late-blooming lilacs, spirea and unexpected pops of color with ornamental peppers, asparagus and lettuces add life to the surrounding garden.
Sunny, yet partially shaded, this backyard is perfect for entertaining. A tropical bamboo bar provides a spot for casual conversation over refreshments, while a hot tub provides a space for ultimate relaxation.
This backyard sanctuary was designed to be a peaceful space for grilling, dining, entertaining, drinking and relaxing. The space features a grill, outdoor refrigerator, concrete counters, a bar area, outdoor furniture, a small cedar pergola, tempered glass panels and a fire pit.
This backyard sanctuary was designed to be a peaceful retreat as well as the perfect spot for entertaining. A small cedar pergola provides shade, while tempered glass panels offer privacy. A grill, small outdoor refrigerator, and sink and concrete countertops make meal prep a breeze.
With gas prices and travel expenses rising, the backyard is becoming vital when it comes to leisure, says Scott Cohen, landscape artist of The Green Scene in Canoga Park, Calif. Taking vacations at home means designing your backyard like a resort with all the amenities. Waterproof plasma flat-screen TVs and swim-up bars are all fair game.