When designed right, your backyard becomes artwork in the windows!

By Joe Pozeg | 

The results are in…. Yesterday was Groundhog Day, which poses the annual question to our furry forecasters: when will winter end? Well, the most well-known marmot prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow, according to his handlers who declared this year we'd have an early spring! Yipee! So now is the time to ask yourself, what do you want out of your outdoor living area —a cozy retreat, a simple but stylish way to keep children and pets safely in, a private entertaining area, maybe even a tiki bar? Dream a little. Be honest about your level of involvement. An outdoor living area that requires little work and resources is the holy grail. Think about how to simplify the plans to make this happen for you. Outdoor spaces should bring pleasure every day, even when you're inside. When designed right, your backyard becomes artwork in the windows.