Small Backyard Ideas: Family life in the City

Small Backyard Ideas for family living in the city.

For better, or for worse, we’re urban dwellers. When you live in the fourth largest city in the country, real estate comes with a cost, and, for us, the cost was a yard. With kids and dogs, sacrificing a sprawling yard for more interior square footage was a tough decision, but Houston is too hot to live outside most of the time, so inside it is. We’ve been in this house for over three years, and in that time we’ve put quite the effort into our little back yard to make it as functional as possible. We’ve packed a lot into our "tiny yard, " and whether you’ve got four legs, or two, we did our best to make sure everyone has a spot to enjoy.

When we first moved in, it didn’t take long for us to realize we had some significant problems with our outdoor space:

  1. There was virtually no patio. - Playing in the grass is totally fine, but, again, we’ve got those dogs and need to make sure we had a clean place for the kids to play… Catch my drift?
  2. We had big drainage issues. - Unfortunately, this made the entire space a mud pit, and it was awful. Our backyard door opens straight into our main living space so when it rained; we had a mud pit inside and outside. No bueno.
  3. Grass could not, and would not grow. - This really escalated the mud pit issue and compounded the entire ineffectiveness of the backyard. Without grass, no man, child or dog could effectively use the space.

It took us the better part of two years to figure it out and save up the funds, but our solution ended up being pretty simple: make a big patio, re-work the drains, and install K-9/artificial turf. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll let the images do most of the talking on this one… Enjoy!

Artificial turf - safe for kids and dogs! The perfect solution for small backyards!
Artificial turf - safe for kids and dogs! The perfect solution for small backyards!
Small Backyard Ideas for family living in the city. Making the most of our "tiny yard."