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Backyard Oasis

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News February 2019

This is a great time of year to start thinking about and planning how to make your backyard more accessible and enjoyable.

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It may be cold and snowy in many parts of the country, but it’s a great time to start planning backyard improvement projects to take advantage of the coming spring weather. Whether you want to add or improve an accessible porch, patio, deck, shade structure, cooking or dining space or landscaping or gardening area, an early-season start will extend the opportunity to enjoy your enhanced backyard throughout the year.

Extend Your Living Spaces

Being outdoors is enjoyable, especially after a long winter. But more importantly, it’s good for your mind and body. Daylight and fresh air can boost your energy, reduce stress and pain, encourage exercise, enhance creativity and mitigate the impact of seasonal affective disorder (aka the winter blues). Outdoor features can also make your home feel larger by giving you additional options for entertaining, cooking, dining, exercising and relaxing. Accessible indoor-outdoor entertaining spaces, or outdoor rooms, provide you, your family and friends the pleasures of open-air dining, conversation and play, while retaining quick access to adjacent indoor areas. Think of outdoor areas as you would indoor spaces, defined by floors, walls and ceilings and linked by hallways or, in this case, pathways. 

 

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