Converting the space in the back yard into a series of semi-private outdoor spaces and creating a basic meditation garden are two landscaping ideas that homeowners can achieve without spending a lot of money or investing much time. These ideas also maximize the use of space in a home's lot.
It's possible for a back yard of average size to contain a swimming pool, a play area and a place for the grill. Using distinct "floors" to separate these areas is fairly simple and inexpensive. The play area likely has grass as a floor, while the homeowner could lay down a patio under the grill and an outdoor prep station under an arbor.
Laying the patio for the grill area is the most work-intensive part of the project, assuming that the pool has already been installed. Placing a table and chairs near the grill creates more of a "bistro" feel -- and outdoor furniture is frequently available for a reasonable price second hand, while still in quality condition. Placing a trellis between the grill area and the grassy places where the kids are running around gives the adults a place to sit and talk. If one wants a meditation garden instead of a play area, placing some benches at the end of a flagstone path in the middle of rich grass, with flowers in the homeowner's favorite colors, creates a welcoming spot.