Whether you already spend much of your free time outdoors or you simply wish you could, everyone can benefit from more time surrounded by nature. Not enough time to hit the trails? Don’t fret. You can expand your outdoor living space right at home.
Here are five ways you can find more room and spend more time enjoying your natural surroundings.
Build an Outdoor Kitchen
Summer grilling is great. But if you frequently have friends, family, and neighbors over for cookouts, why not kick things up a notch? Upgrade your old grill with an outdoor kitchen with more space to cook, work, and for everyone to gather around and admire your cuisine.
Turn Your Deck or Patio Into a Garden Escape
No matter how small your outdoor space is, you can make it feel like a sanctuary by filling it with your favorite potted plants. Grow potted herbs on your apartment balcony. You can even try growing vegetables on your deck just off your kitchen. Fill your patio with your favorite flowers and other plants.
Add a bit of seating if you have the room, then sit back and enjoy your peaceful little hideaway barely away from home.
Pamper Yourself With a Gazebo, Pergola, or Pavilion
There’s something almost magical about a beautiful gazebo, whether it’s overlooking the water or simply standing alone in your yard. If you have the space, consider a larger timber frame pavilion. Not only do they look impressive, but you can also use them for anything from warm-weather dining and entertaining to outdoor yoga sessions.
If you don’t have much tree cover, you could also install a pergola and let your favorite greenery take it over to provide some natural shade.
Retreat to Your Backyard Studio or “She Shed”
While a backyard shed isn’t technically spending time outdoors, it does get you away from the house, offer some peace and quiet, and grants you new views to watch your neighborhood wildlife.
Plus, with the rising popularity of “she sheds,” they’ve gotten downright luxurious. Use yours as a meditation retreat, writer’s room, artist studio, or workshop.
Go All-Out With an Outdoor Living Room
If you really want the outdoor living experience, nothing beats an outdoor living room. These might be built under standalone structures, or they can be built as an extension of your home. Think of them as sunrooms, minus the windows.
They often feature cozy fireplaces, and some people even install televisions. The most important element is furniture that makes you feel as comfortable as an indoor living room, but with the added bonus of fresh air and natural views of the outdoors.
Whether your outdoor space is big or small, and whether your taste is simple or extravagant, there’s an outdoor living option for you.