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Old 08-13-2010, 02:19 PM
 
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We recently bought a house that has a "blank canvas" of a backyard. The house is on approximately 5 acres, so space is not an issue. There are plenty of oak trees. However, we are trying to think of ways to add landscaping "interest" to the backyard, especially for outdoor entertaining. Before we start, we want to consider what options are out there. Things I've seen:
- Pool
- Sport court / sand volleyball
- Firepit / fireplace
- Patio / deck
- Outdoor kitchen
- Outdoor movie screen
- Horseshoe pit

What are other ideas that you've seen?
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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koi ponds
beach entry swimming pools
specialty gardens, like succulents, evergreens, white evening gardens, fragrance, butterfly
tire swing, playground area away from pool for kids
trampoline area, vegetable garden
slip and slide for kids
pavilion, stage for sheltered parties
tennis court
paint ball woods
grassy areas for large groups
plenty of parking areas
putting green
obstacle course for fitness training
climbing wall
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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I've always wanted a Helipad. Well then you would need a Helicopter.
Cabana with sauna, mud bath, jacuzzi and full time masseuse/bar tender.
Special outhouse filled with working model trains.
Fire and water feature with exploding volcano like at the Mirage in Vegas.
Computer comptroller water display in Italian themed pond like the Bellagio.
Miniature golf course
Hedge Maze like on the Shining with Jack Nicholson."HHEEEAAARRRSS JOHNNY!!!!!"
Mini paramilitary shooting range with a Hogans Alley.

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Old 08-15-2010, 11:01 AM
 
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The house is on approximately 5 acres,
Does this 5 acres have to be mowed? If so i'd erect a large aluminum garage where i'd put all my motorized toys,then get a backhoe and turn the rest of it into a very large water feature,leaving enough space close to the house for a BBQ area.
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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miniature gardens with model trains are a great hobby and great entertainment. I once went on a model train garden tour in Atlanta and was happy to see all levels of simplicity, size and complexity.
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:29 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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How about a maze leading to whatever kind of special nook you want?
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:18 PM
 
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Croquet Course?

Formal garden?

Really - on 5 acres, unless you're going to go crazy with scale, you should have enough room to do whatever you want...
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I would only be limited by a little thing called........................money.
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:45 AM
 
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Well.. that too of course!!!
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