4 Good Reasons to Treat Yourself to a Major Patio Update
Written by Alejandro Smith aka. Sir Fix-A-Lot
Alejandro Smith aka. Sir Fix-A-Lot takes center stage this week to help you figure out how to redo a patio area with a few helpful tips from your Reluctant Housewife!
Looking for a fun and functional home project? Then you should think about updating your outdoor spaces! After all, spending more time at home feels more relaxing when you’re lounging with your family in the fresh air. Need more convincing? Well Reluctant Housewife offers four very good reasons why you should spruce up your patio with a kitchen or dining area or both, plus some tips for completing this home update.
A Daily Dose of Sun Can Keep You Healthy
Even though we depend on it for our survival, the sun gets a bad rap. We’re bombarded with warnings to avoid the sun at all costs, but this could actually be detrimental to our health and well-being. In fact, people are more like plants, and we thrive when we get a healthy dose of sunlight each day. Sunlight is crucial for the absorption of Vitamin D, which can lower your risk for cancer, osteoporosis, and depression.
Unfortunately, you can’t get the amount of Vitamin D your body needs from food alone, but you can get it from about 10-30 minutes of sun exposure each day. So set up a patio table and chairs so that you can enjoy a midday meal or coffee break outside. You can even add an umbrella so that you can relax on your patio a little longer.
Outdoors Spaces Can Increase Your Home Value
Aside from giving you a sunny spot to soak up Vitamin D, adding a new outdoor entertainment area can also give your home value a big boost. If you’re looking to sell your home in the future, this additional value can help you reel in more profits and even attract more potential buyers. To make the most of your remodeling project, just be sure to snap a few before and after photos and hold on to your receipts. An appraiser will use these to assess the overall value of your home, plus before and after photos can boost the appeal of your future listing. If home value is important to you, you will want to make sure your outdoor kitchen is as sleek and stylish as it is functional. Take a look at some amazing outdoor kitchens if you need some inspiration.
An Outdoor Kitchen Can Help You Relieve Stress
In addition to boosting your home value and Vitamin D levels, having a relaxing outdoor space can also help boost your mood. Spending time outside can help reduce feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. With so many uncertainties with outdoor activity, creating a relaxing outdoor space in your own backyard can be a safe and healthy alternative. Since some of that mood boost comes from being near nature, be sure to add a few lush flowers and plants like veggies, fruits and herbs that you can use in your al fresco recipes.
Outdoor Dining Can Protect You From COVID-19
As the COVID-19 crisis has continued, many people have turned to outdoor dining as a way to stay social without incurring increased risks. In fact, restaurants across the country have converted parking lots and empty spaces into socially-distanced outdoor dining areas, in an effort to remain open and connected to customers.
In addition to food safety, this has been a top priority for these restaurants, and there’s no reason why you can’t apply the same principles at home. If you have enough room in your backyard, you can space out your dining tables so that you are at least 6 feet apart from neighbors, friends and family members while you enjoy some al fresco social time together. It’s just one more reason to work on a new outdoor dining space!
An outdoor kitchen and dining space could be just what your family needs to stay healthy and happy right now. Plus you’re sure to keep reaping benefits even when it’s safe to venture away from home. So think about adding this project to your to-do list!
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