BACK PATIO I think the hedges around the fence and then an open area in the middle for the chicken coop would be perfect- I like the trellis too-- maybe for grape vines. I'll bet the chickens would love that!
A photo that is simply boring being more than grass. The foreign look of architecture edging the grass creating a drop is intriguing and the two lines that it creates add a flow and slight appeal to the dominantly green image.
I like the blend of concrete with decking with grassy areas, and the balance that gives the whole yard: San Francisco Dining Terrace - modern - patio - san francisco - Christopher Yates Landscape Architecture