What do you imagine when you think about a peaceful, serene and tranquil place our outdoor living area on your property? Do you see expansive beds of colorful perennials with meandering paths and perhaps a sitting bench? Perhaps a water feature with the sound of flowing water amidst a shaded setting? Or maybe you desire a place to entertain family, guests and friends. An outdoor patio / kitchen area would suit that bill perfectly, and with reasonable thought and planning could be attainable. Many outdoor living areas are designed following project stages, making the initial cash outlay more manageable.
Almost all these places have one thing in common, man-made noise is at a very low level, with the natural sounds such as birds chirping,wind rustling through the branches and even perhaps a small waterfall, cascading and bubbling. Studies have also shown a link between these types of environments and levels of relaxation, stress reduction and even longevity and pain relief. Research shows that tranquility in found as a rule in a natural outdoor environment, and that is the perfect place to unwind and relax in.
So now that we established that a tranquil setting is good for your health, finding such a place can be somewhat of a task in this busy and urban growing environment we all live in, especially one that is nearby and not itself overcrowded or that we even feel comfortable in.
What all this shows is that creating a refuge from the din of city life doesn’t have to be a huge task. On many projects we do often the outdoor living area encompasses a little used or neglected portion of the property. So create one yourself.
It’s not as hard as you think. Take a walk around your property both the perimeter and the area as a whole and envision what you wish to accomplish. This could be done by simply installing a water feature or small pond. Maybe a Japanese Zen garden with decorative stone and decor.
So why should you consider an outdoor living area? Well first things first so for starters, having a good understanding of the benefits will make your decision much easier and it will more than likely make your life seem a little easier and enjoyable as well as memorable.
Outdoor Living Areas ROI
EXTENSION OF YOUR HOME
In all essence an outdoor living area is just an extension of your home or property. Make it simple and small or provide patio and garden areas with seating. Fire pits make great additions to outdoor living areas and provide for great entertaining on the cooler spring nights and in the chill of the autumn season.
INVESTMENT WELL SPENT
We all know that having beautiful plantings and landscaping adds value to a home and/or property and as such outdoor living areas provide the same return on investment. Proper landscape lighting for appearance and safety also helps deter criminal activity and well as adding functionality to your outdoor area.
With the cost of living on the rise, entertaining at home is an option many homeowners are taking advantage of. An outdoor living area makes an excellent place to host birthday parties, family reunions, and celebrate festive holiday occasions and you don’t even have to go anywhere, you can just stay home and enjoy yourself.
Investing in your outdoor living area provides you with an exciting environment for quality family time, outdoor dining, if you have a firepit perhaps it will be smores by the fire with delightful children with messy faces. These are the family bonds that are all so often spoken about within issues of family growth and spirituality.
Being outside really does benefit your health? Finding inner peace and harmony in an outdoor setting can improve you by lowering your stress level. I promotes better vision and boosts your immun system. Outdoor living areas have been show to decrease levels of depression and help those with ADD/ADHD.
Outdoor Living Projects
Outdoor living spaces create the perfect opportunity to decompress after a long, tiring day. What could sound more appealing than sitting in the warm sun and enjoying the breeze after being stuck indoors all day. Try listening to the gentle sounds of nature or take notice of blooming flowers. Partake in bird watching with your children. Enjoy a good book in the peace and serenity of your own back yard.
It’s all there just waiting to happen. Give us a call today. We’ll be happy to guide you along the path.