The importance of outdoor living space increased dramatically during the pandemic when many people found themselves spending more time at home than ever before. However, utilizing outdoor living space has always been a popular way to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors.
According to Fixr.com in their Top Outdoor Living Trends in 2021 report, 85 percent of industry experts responded that homeowners were more willing to invest in outdoor living spaces in 2021. Gathering with friends and family and relaxation were listed as two of the most popular uses of outdoor living spaces.
Outdoor Living Spaces Increase Usable Area of Home
Whether your home has a private courtyard, open patio, deck, covered porch, swimming pool, or a combination of outdoor features, having easy access from inside to outside spaces effectively increases the usable area of your home.
Beautiful outdoor fireplaces, kitchens, and lounge areas are becoming increasingly popular to make spending time outdoors as comfortable as being inside. With thoughtful lighting, these spaces can create a special atmosphere, especially in the evenings.
Outdoor Living Spaces Make Entertaining Easier
Even if you have a large home, there is still a limited amount of space for entertaining guests inside. Using a combination of inside and outside areas greatly increases the options when entertaining. This is especially important with a smaller home or one that doesn’t have an open floorplan design.
Using outdoor areas for cooking and eating will also keep any mess or accidental spills outside where they are easier to clean up. No more worries about serving red wine in the living room with your white carpet and upholstery. And the cook gets to enjoy the party instead of being stuck inside the kitchen!
Health Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors
The importance of outdoor living space has influenced current building trends to incorporate natural environments in residential and commercial office spaces. The desire to connect with nature is referred to as biophilia and has proven to have a beneficial effect on most people. Biophilic home design has the healthful effect of connecting you with your natural environment while enjoying time at home.
Outdoor Living Spaces Can Increase the Value of Your Home
Including a beautifully designed and crafted outdoor living space in your home design is an easy way to add value to your home. It can make your home appear larger and more luxurious especially if it includes popular elements such as an outdoor fireplace, nicely furnished living area, and/or outdoor kitchen.
Should you ever need to sell your home, beautifully furnished outdoor living areas may help your home stand out against the competition and offer desirable elements that most homebuyers will be excited about.
Most of our floorplans include a private garden courtyard which can be decorated and furnished to suit your tastes and desires. Add a water feature or fire pit, an outdoor fireplace and living area, or whatever makes you love spending time outside. If you like to garden, you may even be able to add planters with flowers, vegetables and herbs.
Your home wraps around the private courtyard and includes an option for a covered porch, screened porch, or sitting room connected to the owner’s bedroom with large windows overlooking the private courtyard. The importance of outdoor living space and Incorporating fresh air and natural light has been an important aspect of our home design for over 30 years.
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