How Backyards Became Outdoor Living Spaces

People did not always use their front or back yards for leisure and entertainment. In fact, for decades, these spaces resembled working sites instead. How did the yard turn from kitchen garden into a professionally designed outdoor living space with swimming pools, water features, and dining tables? It took years of social change to accomplish.

Backyards for Gardening and Work

Prior to the invention of indoor plumbing, the yard was a place to go for accessing the outhouse or family well. Many people also raised livestock, crops, or had fruit orchards on larger properties. Even smaller lots could house some chickens, pigs, and a garden for the family’s vegetable needs.

Everything had a practical purpose. Pigs served both as a food source and as living garbage disposals. Chickens provided eggs. Gardens offered a way for families to get fresh produce.

The backyards even served as junk yards and bathrooms. For the non-food waste, people often had trash heaps in the back of their lots, near their outhouses.

After the Civil War, people started to use their front porches for relaxing, but their backyards remained practical. Once cars and the need for garages came into popularity, the garages took up some of the space in the backyard. With indoor plumbing, the need for an outhouse or well disappeared. However, many still retained their food or flower gardens. Big changes wouldn’t take place until after World War II.

Post World War II Development of American Backyards

Backyards became outdoor living spaces after World War II when a surplus of supplies and leisure time allowed Americans to have more resources for entertaining at home. Plus, the new fad of attached garages created a barrier between the backyard and the street, allowing for a greater sense of privacy. Swimming pools, grills, and other entertainment options increased in use during this time.

Backyards Today as Elegant Outdoor Living and Entertaining Sites

Many people today want their backyards to become extensions of their homes. Outdoor living spaces now include full kitchens, dining, and living areas. One good example of how the indoors has gone outside is in this dining space in Shady Arbor. Another good example is this pool-side seating area at Pelican Vista.

Outdoor living spaces can take advantage of beautiful views, fresh air, landscaping, and fire pits to create unique places for entertaining or relaxing.

Consult with Mark Scott Associates for Professional Landscape Architecture Design of Your Outdoor living Space

To get a professionally designed outdoor living s pace for your yard, you need an expert in landscape architecture. Contact Mark Scott Associates for details on having your backyard transformed into an outdoor space for leisure and entertainment.