We had a large enough yard to incorporate plenty of different elements. The pool was the key piece with a spa, firepit, BBQ, cabana, patio cover and lawn around. The flow of different spaces works well in this rear yard.
The rear of the property was a foot higher than the back of the house. The original patio was sloped very awkwardly because of this.
We elevated the pool and spa to create a great look and plenty of seating areas on the house side of the pool. Steps up to the cabana and pool is flush with the raised rear decking.