The new yard items are really fantastic, however they have the same flaw as previous items. They only work when positioned carefully on flat ground. Because the neighborhoods are so beautifully landscaped, there is very little flat ground.
I'm sure you've all seen the flower boxes with one end hanging in the air, statues with corners that don't touch the dirt, picnic tables with legs buried two feet deep...
My suggestion is that certain items, such as the picnic tables with food on them, be made a little taller. Fountain bases need to be taller, too. I have seen many people try to install the swan fountain, only to abandon the idea because of dirt and grass sticking up through the water pool.
My second suggestion, which goes along with the first, is to make the legs of everything longer. Trees, you'll notice, never stick out of the ground. They go down far enough that they always sink into the dirt. I suggest that the chicken coup, table legs, flower box bases, and such be made much longer. Sure, they will collide with the ground, but I believe this will be far more visually appealing and natural that having them half-hanging in mid-air.
Of course, no post made by me would be complete without a request for horses and stables as yard items. We have cave claws (brilliant!) and chickens (fun!) and even guards (boring, they don't do anything). We could really use horses, ponies, foals, colts, fillies, mares, geldings, stallions, mules... er umm... maybe even dogs, cats, pigs, and cows as well. *winks*
Thanks for reading!