Have you ever stopped think whether decor and health have a link between them? If you haven’t, now is the right time to consider all of the health benefits of extending your home outdoors. There are countless extensions to choose from but not all are beneficial to the health of the inhabitants.
We present you with the top 6 ways you can extend your home outdoors so you won’t have to trouble yourself with unnecessary chores unsuitable for people over 50. Who said exterior decor and a healthy lifestyle didn’t go together!
Creating a party venue
It doesn’t come as a surprise that socializing is beneficial for seniors but truth be told; socializing is good for every person’s mental health regardless of their age. When you were a college student, you probably partied with your friends ‘till early in the morning but now that you’re older, you can still make friends and hang out with them and family but in a more civil manner.
Namely, establishing a “party zone” inside the backyard will create the perfect scenery for meetups with friends. You can add an outdoor kitchen, a barbecue, and even a swimming pool to create the perfect party atmosphere!
The benefits of a swimming pool
Speaking of the pool, you need to discover all the physical benefits of swimming. This is a rare sport that engages nearly every muscle in your body, this topping the list of best cardio workouts. You needn’t swim as fast as a professional athlete, as even 15 minutes of light breaststroke twice a week will make a huge impact on your overall health, increasing strength, mobility, and stamina.
In order to swim in peace, a small backyard pool is everything you require. A pool doesn’t come cheap but it is not that much out of your league, trust us. Add a glass pool fence for safety and plant conifer around the edges of the pool for the ultimate Zen experience.
Resting your eyes
Apart from increasing the level of privacy in your backyard, the main purpose of planting thujas around the pool is to add a touch of greenery. Plants are ideal for resting your eyes, as the color green has a calming effect on the human psyche.
What is more, the general impression of order is essential for creating a relaxing outdoor space. When sprucing up the yard, take care of the slightest of details. For instance, if you notice paint chipping away on the back façade, pick up a spray can of touch up paint to repair all the chips and scratches on the house. It might seem trivial, but the devil is in the detail.
Taking up gardening
Having mention the positive effect greenery has on our minds, it is only natural (pun intended) that you start a garden. Now, you needn’t be a green thumb to take up gardening as you can plant herbs, flowers, and even scrubs (remember the thujas suggestion).
Spending a lazy Sunday afternoon in the garden is a full-body workout like no other. Not only will you lose extra kilos in no time but gardening will help you calm your nerves down. If your children are grownups and have left home, you can take care of petunias and philodendrons instead.
A single living space
If you decide to extend your home into the backyard, then don’t make the mistake of creating a separate living space. If a door is all that connects a house extension to the rest of the house, then this room can hardly be called outdoor space.
Instead of a conventional door, go for a glazed patio door that will allow for better connectivity. If the doors are double and sliding at the same time, then you can connect the extension entirely to the house. Wherever you build the extension, don’t forget to install several windows for maximum natural light inside.
A clean outdoor area
Finally, the patio or any other form of outdoor space should be pristine clean. Just because this section of your house is located outside, it doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be cleaned like the rest of the house. When it comes to floor tiles, be sure to pressure wash them at the beginning of every summer season, as mold and muck accumulate between individual tiles.
Furthermore, don’t forget to wipe the furniture with wet cloth now and then. If you have a garden hose, point it toward the plants, especially the hedge, to clean the dust and smog from the leaves. Of course, you needn’t clean the outdoors as often as the rooms inside but don’t neglect the backyard either.
From building a house extension to cleaning the garden, there are numerous methods of how to combine outdoor décor with a healthy lifestyle. Additions like a swimming pool or a garden will help you stay fit and healthy, all the while making your garden look more appealing. Oh yeah, have we mentioned that a spruced-up garden will fetch a higher price if you ever decide to resell your current home?
This guest post was graciously provided by Ron Wolf. Ron is a hobby designer and a DIY enthusiast, and, above all, a very blessed father of two. Besides that, he has a strong passion for writing. He is a featured blogger at various blogs and magazines in which he shared his research and experience with the vast online community. If he is not working he enjoys being outside with his family. Hiking, bike riding, and BBQing are always a thing for him. In the evening, he likes to watch documentaries or build something with kids in their lego corner.