If you're going to include a state of the art kitchen in your backyard you better have the space to entertain properly out there as well. Dedicating half of a covered outdoor space to a fully functioning kitchen and the other half to a gathering space or
2 Small Backyard Ideas Designing Chic Outdoor Spaces with Swimming Pools
This DIY built-in patio bench has storage space for pillows, propane tanks and other outdoor items. It even includes flower planters at both ends. Add an awning over it and it is a perfect outdoor social area.