Don’t let landscaping, decks, and patios be an afterthought. Instead, consider your home and property as a whole. Just as you orient your home on your property to take advantage of views and highlight certain natural features, you’ll want to plan your outdoor spaces in the same way. That way the transition between indoors and out will be seamless and allow you to maximize functional enjoyment of every room and exterior space in your home.

This article in Log Cabin Homes Magazine offers some great tips on how to accomplish this.