Can You Squeeze an Outdoor Retreat onto a Small Lot?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Builders increasingly are squeezing large, luxurious homes on smaller lots, at a time when home owners and home buyers say they crave outdoor retreats.

While buyers say they want outdoor space, they also are motivated by the perk of less lawn maintenance, which smaller lots offer. Also, settling for a smaller lot size may mean more space that can be dedicated to the inside of a home or getting a new home in an urban or historic area.

Whatever the reason, home owners are finding they can still make use of their small lot size and carve out plenty of luxury for dining, relaxing, or creating an oasis.

Take a look at these photos pulled from the remodeling website to get inspiration of how small lots can be used in big ways.

1. Peaceful dining space

2. Squeezing in a pool.

3. Lounging spot.

4. Perfect for entertaining

5. Growing space

6. Kid-friendly

7. Back seat perspective


Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Cool, thanks for your article

  2. Leigh James

    I love these ideas. I have the smallest of small gardens but the above has inspired me to do something with the space. I have recently purchased a lotus grill for when the Summer hits. Its compact as I don’t have the space to have a large outdoor BBQ. You can get them here –

  3. We would like to suggest some built-in seating spaces using rock and stone. Weather proof, unique and lasting.

  4. Really great spaces to squeeze even in a small yard. Worth it!

  5. Beautiful pics!! thanks for sharing