Say Yes to Outdoor Living!
Outdoor living spaces are growing in popularity more than ever before. And for good reason – being outside is good for the soul! Research has shown that connecting with nature makes people happy — leading to increased energy, a heightened sense of well-being and even a greater resistance to physical illnesses.
In recent years, builders such as Pardee Homes are including outdoor living areas in new home plans as an essential element and delivering what consumers say it takes to keep them happy. Besides the obvious emotional and physical benefits, outdoor spaces are a great way to add value to your home. No more basic square backyards – today’s outdoor living spaces include organic gardens, family entertaining areas, sports centers or spa-like luxurious retreats.
Many homeowners are creating comfortable, practical, usable living space as an extension of their homes. Many say that it is important to have an outdoor living space where they can relax and entertain. The sky’s the limit when it comes to creating your outdoor oasis. Exterior spaces can now include everything from big screen TVs and elaborate stereo systems to fully functional kitchens, dining rooms and even brick ovens! According to designers, successful outdoor “rooms” should complement and serve as an extension of the interior living space.
Entertaining Place for Family and Friends
For many years, porches served as a gathering place for family and neighbors. With the advent of air conditioning, families moved indoors. But now the trend is pushing back to time-honored outdoor extensions – porches, porticos, patios and decks, gazebos and arbors.
Hot New Trend
Some of the most requested additions to outdoor spaces are fire features, which include fire pits and stone fireplaces. These can now be installed safely on porches, extending the outdoor living season in many climates.
For sports enthusiasts, sports courts, putting greens and tennis or basketball courts make staying home as attractive as any vacation.