How much time do you think that you spend outside? Do you think it’s enough? According to data reported by Wired, we spend just 5 percent of our day outside. And many experts would argue that 5 percent is just not enough.

An easy way to get more outdoor time is to make your own outdoor living spaces a place where you want to unwind, relax and hang out. Here are four ways that you can make your backyard a place where everyone will want to hang out.

High-Tech Security Monitoring Systems

A new generation of home security monitoring systems are available today. Advanced systems that include Ultra HD 4K cameras offer not only the longest color night vision range and overall best resolution, but the highest weatherproof rating on the market.

Available in a durable, full metal camera housing, these high-tech cameras can be placed discretely or as visibly as you desire. And, implementing these cameras can ensure that your backyard, home and family is protected, day and night, year-round.

Alfresco Movies

Why go to the movies when you can sit back, relax and enjoy a show at home? With a few tech items and a lot of chairs for family, friends and neighbors, you can create a theater experience in the comfort of your backyard. First, you will need a projector.

Opt for a device that has HDMI ports and an audio output. You might also find that a projector stand comes in handy. Next, you need a movie screen.

Sure, you could use a plain white sheet, but if you want the best image, you should splurge on a nylon projector screen with a steel frame. And finally, HDMI cables and a soundbar are two musts to complete the movie-viewing experience.

Outdoor Pizza Ovens

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Block party BBQs are a great way to meet your neighbors, but backyard pizza parties are even better. And forget delivery, you can be the chef. When creating your own backyard pizza oven, there are a series of styles and designs to choose from.

A rough stone pizza oven can harken back to Italy. A modern pizza oven can fit right in with a contemporary-styled home and backyard. And finally, a concrete pizza oven can make a great addition to your outdoor living space if you do not have a lot of space to work with but still crave stone-fired pizza.

Backyard Fire Pits

Whether you build your own or purchase one, a backyard fire pit can bring the family together from season to season. Gather around the fire ring and roast brats on summer nights or stick marshmallows on roasting sticks and sip hot cocoa around the holidays. You will soon find that your backyard fire pit is your favorite place to spend time with your family and friends.

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When constructing your own fire pit, be sure to construct it from fireproof material and build on a flat and level area.

Your fire pit should be positioned at least 25 feet away from your home and other landscape features like trees or shrubbery. Building codes vary, so make sure to check with your HOA or city before you build.

These backyard additions, from high-tech security systems to fire pits, will make your outdoor living space a great place to spend more time, and the envy of all of your neighbors.

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