We can't all have a New York penthouse with balcony to match, but we can create seating groups in long, narrow spaces. Image: Houzz
i only really like the canopy here--but i like the idea of this being retractable, probably on tracks mounted to the beams above. i can see that making it easy to bunch it up in winter near the house and have some sort of cover, too--to make it so you don't have to take it down in winter, and still keep it nice longer than simply having it exposed year round.
Small pool in a narrow garden
Plunge pool- perfect for small back or side yard Corrina Bonshek's Inspiration Board - 10 Sensational Pools - Australia | hipages.com.au
You don't have to have a big backyard to fit in a pool — and if you do have a big backyard, the pool doesn't have to take up the entire thing. We've got plenty of examples of less-than-enormous backyards where homeowners have squeezed in a pool — and lots of other things, too.
Nooks and niches - French By Design via @zioandsons