Our backyard was just uneven dirt full of holes (dug up by our dogs) and plain-ugly area...We decided to put the wood fence and create privacy, plant some trees, put some sod and some pavers. We also had a storage that was small and rusty and decided to built a shed and make our little oasis in the backyard where we could enjoy summer days and entertain our friends.
We had a "dead space" where we built a deck and furnished with some wicker outdoor furniture in vibrant colors and we add some palm trees with nice planters.
It was done on the budget and no professional contractors were involved. We did it ourselves!