We pulled the grass in the back up by hand… because there was not very much of it. I added a line of pavers, and our in-laws gave us a gazebo that was gathering dust in their basement when their trees grew taller.
I added zone 3 plants. I put in crawling herbs, as well as needle bushes for birds and animals to shelter in during the winter. I later built a coffee table from some scrap wood our neighbour gave us. Add some twinkle lights, and you get a pretty cute back yard for a small space with a parking pad.