Life Quality Improvement: Health benefits of outdoor spaces

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Spending more time outside in a space that brings you rest and refreshment can have incredible benefits for your mood, relationships, and work performance. Here are 7 different ways we can help you create an outdoor space you love and enjoy. They get even better when you mix and match different features, so pick a few, and let’s get started creating the space of your dreams! 

Outdoor Fireplace

Picture this- an outdoor fireplace. Throughout history, the fireplace has served as a gathering place in the home, but it is often confined to the living room. Why not move that gathering place outside and make space for more people to enjoy it? By adding an outdoor fireplace to your space, you are bringing an aspect of the indoors to the outdoors, enhancing every part of the experience. It’s easy to spend time outdoors in the warmer weather, but what about when temperatures drop? Easy. Light the fireplace! You can roast s’mores or hot dogs, or gather around with friends and family for quality time. There’s one great way to strengthen relationships with those you love. There is also an element of grandeur to a towering fireplace that will elevate the look and feel of your outdoor space. With one easy installation, you will increase your hosting ability and the ambiance of your home tenfold! An outdoor fireplace may be the exact thing your space needs.

Pergolas

Do you already feel refreshed by spending time outside, but feel limited by the weather? We have a solution for that as well. We can install Pergolas on your property, creating a covered area wherever you would like. With this new covered space, you can create a comfortable and attractive place to sit and enjoy your space, rain or shine. Pergolas add a flare to your space as well, inviting you to spend time outdoors in a place that looks and also feels appealing. With the increase in working from home in the past few years, an outdoor space to work or to take a break from your computer can be incredibly beneficial for your mental health and cognition.

Covered Porch

If you don’t have quite enough room for a Pergola, have you thought about a covered back porch? If your home doesn’t have one of these, I bet you can feel the potential it holds. By adding a covered back patio to your yard, you create a space to sit and enjoy your coffee in the mornings or read a book in the afternoon. You can enjoy the refreshment and relaxation that comes from being outside, all the while being protected from the sun or rain. As mentioned with the pergola, a comfortable place to spend time outside is priceless for those who work long hours at home. Spending time outside also increases your productivity- combating the brain fog that so often comes with hours of screen time that come from many occupations. 

French Drains

Maybe you love to spend time outdoors, but you have a serious problem with standing water in your yard. Standing water leads to mosquitoes, which lead to far too much itching and frustration! On top of that, standing water can pose a threat to your home’s foundation. If your foundation is cracked or damaged, standing water nearby can seep into those cracks and openings, leading to potential water damage, mold growth, or worse. That’s why you should consider installing a french drain. It’s hard to enjoy your outdoor areas if they are wet, muddy, and full of mosquitoes, and it’s hard to have peace of mind knowing that standing water in your yard can affect your home itself. Just imagine- with a french drain you could use your outdoor space after it rains without having to wait days for standing water to dry up. Think of how this could extend the life of your yard in the rainy season! All while protecting your home from potential water damage. 

Artificial Turf

We know what you’re thinking- more work on my yard and landscaping means more work for me in the long run. That’s a myth! Especially if you get artificial turf installed. With turf, you’ll never have to touch a lawnmower again. Then, you could finally spend more time enjoying your outdoor space than mowing and manicuring it. It is also cleaner and far more comfortable to lay down on and walk on than regular grass. Talk about maximizing your space! With our installations, we take the most practical and durable approach possible. That’s why we use a specific kind of turf called Envirofill that is much cooler than standard turf. It keeps your turf cool throughout the day, even when exposed to long periods of sunlight, so there’s no need to worry about your turf heating up throughout the day and becoming extremely hot to the touch. With turf, you’re more likely to use the entirety of your yard- no more wet or muddy or itchy corners that one wants to venture into. It’s a great way to make your space more kid-friendly and enjoyable for everyone.   

Walkways

Going for a walk to get your body moving and awake your brain is always refreshing. That’s why it makes so much sense that contact with nature is associated with increases in happiness, subjective well-being, positive affect, positive social interactions, and a sense of meaning and purpose in life, as well as decreases in mental distress. That is why installing walkways is another great way to increase the use of your space as well as the positivity in your life. By making every aspect of your outdoor space more accessible, you are increasing the value of your land and creating opportunities for yourself to spend more time outside to reap these benefits.

Exterior Lighting

Exterior lighting increases the value and attractiveness of your outdoor space exponentially. Our light installations provide you with the opportunity to enjoy your property even after the sun goes down, adding to its worth. The right lighting can emphasize the beauty of your home as well as your property, upping your curb appeal to all who drive by at night. It also makes for greater ease for guests arriving at your home after dark, making your home and property clearly visible for visitors. Increasing your exterior lighting also creates more space for you to host friends and family outdoors with greater visibility. Even after a long day at work, you can enjoy being outside without having to worry about the sun setting.

You have the power to make the outdoor space of your dreams! All you need to do is call Landscaping Ninjas. The benefits of spending refreshing time outside are waiting for you.