In many cases the only thing needed to turn your backyard space into outdoor living or entertainment space is functional lighting and sitting ares. These examples all use inexpensive materials to turn a backyard into an inviting retreat.
Super simple, quick, and inexpensive, this string of outdoor lightbulbs turn this market umbrella and red wood table and chairs set into a wonderful sitting area for evening guests to gather, eat, or chat the night away. Source
Turn a covered patio area into a magical night time entertainment space by stringing LED lighting along the rafters. Adding a dimmer switch allows you to set the lighting levels to suit the mood of the evening. Source
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These outdoor wall sconces provide ample lighting to an outdoor sitting area and create a wonderful light texture across the brick walls. Look close and you can see the wiring disguised in rustic copper conduit. A little more work than the average DIY lighting project, but well worth the results. Source
This copper accent lights run on an outdoor 12 volt DC system with a dimmer to set the mood and timer to turn on and off at night. Wiring was hidden by the overhang of the stone walls and bar top. A simple, inexpensive project that gives loads of character to your outdoor entertainment area. Source