It's still not easy to represent built-in areas with larger scale figures. One way to solve this is creating fenced-off gardens and such. We've had this piece of plywood lying around, and I thought I could use it as a base for such a piece. There's a farm house, a stone well, a stable and a chicken coop included on it.
The buildings are made from figure boxes, the roof is decor rubber. The gates and columns are pine wood, the fence is balsa wood. The walls of the stable and the fence are covered in PVA and sand.
I've started painting with a layer of dark chocolate brown and used multiple highlights until reaching a gray/white on the fence and an off white on the buildings. The roof was drybrushed with saddle brown (sort of clay), then orange brown.