We live on a corner lot in a cul-de-sac. I'd like to make our backyard a little more private and more of a fun place to hang out in the summer. Plus, I'm sick of having so much grass to mow. I love to garden as well. We really aren't interested in putting up a full fence. Would like some sort of patio off the deck and a fire pit but not sure how to accomplish that as our property slopes down from the house. We are do-it-yourselfers for the most part. For reference, we live in Ohio - zone 6a. Thanks so much for any help or suggestions!!