Designing exterior space is very different than designing interior space. A weird phenomenon occurs once you step outside – the spaces get crowded a lot quicker! If you take a 10x10 space and furnish it inside your home – that same layout will feel crowded and uncomfortable outside. So be sure you have enough space to do what you want outside. If you are planning a picnic area with table and chairs you need more space than in your dining room. If you are planning a lounge area you need much more space than you would for your living room. A key is to provide less furniture than you would inside and allow the lawn to become part of your space planning. Nothing feels better than to lay back on a thick carpet of grass and spy shapes in the drifting clouds!