Bring the outdoors in – the magic of an outdoor room!

February 28, 2014 12:00 am

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More and more, confining walls are taken down, visual barriers removed, and spatial delineations are being broken down. A new versatility to our lives is added. One of the hottest trends in how we are enjoying our gardens these days, is adding outdoor rooms to our homes. And no wonder – exposure to the outdoors is  cheap health insurance. Just check out what Dr. Roger S. Ulrich from the Texas A&M University has to say on the matter:

“In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension.” 

An outdoor room surely makes getting that exposure easy. Plus, it dramatically extends the gardening season. It can take the form of a private sanctuary, or it can become the perfect party space. The possibilities are endless. Either way, the protection of an outdoor room can also do double duty as a safe haven for those scrumptious, potted exotics that shrivel up and die during our winters if not properly sheltered. So, for an unabashed hort-head like me, a built-in patio also offers much needed protection for my treasured investment. Hmmm… definitely worth thinking about…