We have no doubt come a long way in how we treat our outdoor garden spaces as extensions of our homes, fulfilling a need to sit outside and enjoy the sun in a cool and comfortable space. In years past, outdoor rooms often were nothing more than a covered area at the back of the house with no visible connection to the spaces within the house. They were not very inviting, and were more or less an empty space lacking character and real function.But today many designers treat these outdoor garden spaces as they would a room within the house, providing outdoor area in which to sit, reflect and entertain. All aspects of interior design are merely translated to the outside, with alternative materials that withstand the elements with style. Here are some examples to get your creativity flowing.