Outdoor living areas, apart from extending the usable square footage of the house, allow the homeowners to enjoy the property to their best and serve to be more functional for a family. These add visual appeal to any bland and lifeless house. With the summers ahead it’s time to beauty your outside living areas while keeping in mind the impact caused on the environment by you and your family. Here are few tips for the same.
Blending your outdoors with your indoors:
This is the most easy idea that can be used to demark the difference between your indoors and outdoors which makes the distinction of your interiors and exteriors almost impossible. Keep your doors and windows open to let in fresh air whereas you can add more architectural beauty to your place by installing window walls that can open up both to the outdoors and glazed doors with the help of opening windows. This helps the fresh air to enter inside your house without letting in pests especially during the sticky summer days.
Using eco-friendly materials for remodeling and renovating:
You can make use of many reused materials such as recycled or reclaimed wood, timber and other materials such as concrete, wrought iron and railroad ties to enhance the beauty of your exteriors by constructing an exterior deck or other outdoor projects.
Use of energy efficient materials instead of worn out lighting fixtures:
Lighting fixtures are very essential to enhance the décor of your exteriors and for an increased visual appeal. Avoid old lighting fixtures as they utilize more energy thus greatly increase your utility bills. There are varieties of energy efficient outdoor lightings available including the solar powered ones. LED lights should be preferred since they are better at providing light and can be used to illuminate walkways, entryways, garage and for landscaping.
Use of innovative technology that saves energy:
Modern energy saving systems should be preferred over physical embellishments such as use of motion detectors that save electricity. These detectors are much efficient than the generally used architectural and landscape lighting. You can otherwise connect your home to the latest “smart home” technology where you can easily monitor your house with or even without an internet access.
Decorating children’s play zone with eco-friendly materials:
Your child’s outdoor play zone should be thought to be green like all the other outdoor spaces. Recycled rubber tires and rubber mulch are excellent options for ground cover as they are long lasting and softer under foot.
These simple tips are an easy way to go green and lessen your impact on the planet while increasing the beauty of your outdoor living spaces.