(BPT) - As the pandemic continues, outdoor spaces have become true extensions of the home. From a calm place to escape to an area to work and focus, outdoor rooms are being designed and utilized more frequently than ever before.
"Homeowners have shifted their focus from having spaces to entertain to making their homes more functional," says Joe Raboine, director of residential hardscapes, Belgard. "With the increased time spent at home, outdoor spaces have become a haven for both recreation and relaxation, as well as a valuable asset when it's time to resell." This design approach prioritizes customizing spaces that flow with the natural landscape, benefitting both human health and environmental wellness.
As people spend more time outdoors from the safety and comfort of home, they are investing in the creation of outdoor rooms. Some of the most popular options that complement a property and are used frequently by homeowners are outdoor dining rooms, living rooms, kitchens and offices.
(BPT) - We are finally starting to see longer days and warmer weather, which means it is time to get outdoors and tackle home DIY projects. Now that the threat of winter storms has passed, we can assess any needed repairs, as well as prep your home and garden for summer.
According to Director of brand management at DAP, Cathy McHugh “Winter weather can wreak havoc on your house, leaving you with a long list of repairs. It’s important to prioritize and tackle the most important items now so that you can spend the spring and summer enjoying your home — rather than making costly repairs later.”
Don’t know where to start?
Here are the top five “must-do” repairs from the experts at DAP.
(BPT) - Now more than ever, everyone wants a backyard that is welcome and ready for entertaining because we are spending more time there than in years past., We all wonder how to create healthier lawns for their families.
You might be surprised to learn that exposure to pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers can be harmful, particularly for growing children. This is why flags are posted after a yard is treated - they are warnings to keep children and pets away from dangerous chemical exposure. We can all take steps toward healthy living and a healthy lawn.
Chemicals found in pesticides and other lawn products have been linked to asthma, organ damage and cancer, as well as neurological diseases and behavioral problems, according to the National Institutes of Health. The safest approach for everyone, and the environment, is to go organic. A green lawn can be an organic lawn
Our friend at Stonyfield Organic yogurt has cared about where cows graze for the past 36 years. In 2018, Stonyfield Organic yogurt extended its mission beyond cows grazing fields to outdoor spaces where kids play, starting with the #PlayFree campaign to remove toxic pesticides from parks and playing fields. Now Stonyfield is helping families do the same for their own backyards.
Organically maintained lawns made easy
(BPT) - The average American home has nine DIY jobs that need to be tackled, according to a study conducted by Porch.com. Fall is the perfect time to give your home a little TLC and start checking off projects on your to-do list. Here are five easy fall fixups to get your home ready for the upcoming season:
(BPT) - The sounds of birds chirping, longer daylight hours, and budding trees and flowers are early signs that warmer weather and spring are on the way. That means more time outside to enjoy nature, but it's also a sign it might be time for a little spring cleaning.
"Cold temperatures, snowfall and winter rains can have a big effect on houses and landscaping, so now's the time to check for potential home repairs and maintenance," said Christopher O'Rourke, Mercury Insurance vice president of property claims. "Spring cleaning isn't just about getting rid of belongings you no longer want or need - it's also a time to get your home in tip-top shape so you can enjoy it throughout the rest of the year."
Here are four tips O'Rourke recommends to welcome the new season and save some money down the road.
(BPT) - Life is hectic, full of demands at work and home. Add digital distractions like computers, cell phones, tablets and more, and it's no wonder many people are experiencing record-high levels of stress.
One simple solution is to shift your perspective by spending more time outdoors. When you do an enjoyable activity outside, stress begins to melt away as you bask in the fresh air, sunshine and beauty of nature.
This doesn't mean you have to be a savvy outdoor adventurer. There is a growing movement of people of all ages and walks of life embracing nature by finding new ways to discover the world around them. If you feel the draw of the outdoors, consider these five ideas for disconnecting and enjoying activities outside:
(BPT) - Who would have thought that Cape Cod would experience a tornado? I am sure many people weren't prepared for this type of emergency. If you weren't, now is the time to make sure you've prioritized and planned ahead.
Here are nine things you can do now to ensure you are prepared:
(BPT) - Summer may be winding down, but a new opportunity to garden is just beginning. Plenty of vegetables and flowers can be grown successfully in late summer and into fall, so it's a great time to refresh with plants that either thrive in slightly cooler weather or are easy to bring indoors once the temperatures start to drop.
(BPT) - From ambitious millennial's to enthusiastic boomers, do it yourself - DIY - is trending among people of all ages. No matter the hobby or home improvement project, creating a well-equipped work space is just as important as having the right tools for the job. Whether your work space is in the garage, a shed or a converted patio or back porch, equipping the space for your ultimate comfort and creativity can start your project off on the right foot and keep your productivity on track.
Here are five must-have elements for the ideal DIY work space:
(BPT) - Summer is possibly the easiest time to stick to a healthier lifestyle. It’s warm outside so we’re more likely to be active, plus there’s plenty of good, fresh produce available. With the recent focus on organic ingredients and the farm-to-table approach, home cooks and anyone interested in a healthier lifestyle are looking for ways to boost their health through better food choices.
Fortunately, there are more ways than ever to eat healthier.
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