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Tic-tac-toe boards to golf simulators: Backyards are all about fun and games

Designer Chip Wade, known for his appearances on HGTV and DIY shows, cleverly maximized the square footage in this backyard by incorporating movable platforms and a concealable hot tub into the pool area. (Chip Wade via AP)

Designers are coming up with imaginative ideas to take fun outdoors, whether you’ve got a big yard or one the size of a postage stamp.