When you think of your home, the first thing you probably think of is the walls that make up the building itself. But your home extends far beyond those four walls. Even if you only have a very small plot of land, that little spot of dirt, grass, and sky is part of your home. Creating a true living space in that area can have incredible benefits for your life, your finances, and your family. It’s easy to do, too.
Benefits of an outdoor living space
The fresh air and peace of nature can do wonders for your health. It relieves stress and tension, clears the stagnant air, and a few minutes of sunlight can improve your vitamin D levels, which can ease depression.
But there’s more than just health benefits. Extending your living space into the outdoors gives you more space to entertain family and friends when you have a party. Bonfires, swimming pools, and fun backyard games like cornhole, horseshoes or volleyball can be tons of fun for all ages.
It can also double as a vacation, or rather stay-cation. With the right touches, your backyard can feel like the most luxurious of summer resorts and be a beautiful place to spend your downtime, without going anywhere.
Creating your outdoor living space
When people think of home renovations, they usually think of redoing the kitchen. But what about putting in an outdoor kitchen instead? Grilling is enjoyable, and with a few additional resources, your outdoor kitchen could take things to a whole new level. You can check out amazing outdoor kitchen ideas online to get a better idea of what you’d like for your outdoor space.
A beautiful patio set, a firepit, and some pretty Tikki torch style lighting can lend an air of elegance to space. In colder climates, spending more time outdoors doesn’t have to end with the first snow or chilly night. The installation of a fireplace or the right heater can allow you to continue your outdoor living right through the winter months and into spring again. A pool or hot tub can give your backyard a resort-like feel, and they’re fun for both kids and adults.
Your space doesn’t have to be huge, either. It can be as simple as a small patio or porch, or as elaborate as a huge backyard filled with grassy fun. The point is to create a space that you enjoy, and that makes you feel relaxed, comfortable, and at home even when you’re not under a roof.
Don’t forget the financial aspect
Taking the living space outside may require a small initial investment, as you create the space. Don’t let that hold you back. Remember the personal benefits you’ll reap, and also remember the financial benefits you may reap down the road. If, or when, you one day sell your home, the addition of an outdoor kitchen, pool, fireplace or other features can be great selling points. Permanent additions will add value to your home, while more temporary ones like tiki torches or patio furniture add a visual for potential buyers, showing them that they aren’t just buying a building with four walls and a roof, but a home where they can make memories and a life.
Whether you live in a rural area where you can see the stars at night or an urban area with a yard barely bigger than a postage stamp, the creation of an outdoor living area can make you feel like you have more space, as well as making you feel better, healthier and happier.