With so many of us working from home, and the kids learning remotely, your house probably feels pretty crowded. When you can’t get out of the house to go to work, you almost miss that commute. And the kids miss the classroom. All this family togetherness can be a bit much, even for the closest of families. The solution? Take advantage of your outdoor living space.
Yes, it’s time to get outdoors. An outdoor living space gives you an escape from work or school, and lets you take in some fresh air, no mask required when it is just you and your family. And getting outside of the house is good for both your mental health and your physical health in the time of COVID-19.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), any activity outdoors is safer than indoors, because you have better air circulation COVID-19 spreads easier and faster in enclosed spaces. So, here are some tips to make your outdoor living spaces comfortable and inviting, during the pandemic, and long after it is just a memory.
Outdoor Living Room
Set up some comfy couches and chairs, along with an end table or two, and a coffee table. The end of summer is a great time to score a deal on a new patio set. If you plan it right, your Wi-Fi is easily available in your outdoor living room. This enables you to work outside, or your kids to do schoolwork outside.
In the evenings, you can set up a screen or sheet and watch a movie.
Cook up an elegant dinner in your outdoor kitchen, or whip up something for lunch. Whether you have a full outdoor kitchen or just a gas grill, make the most of it by eating your meals al fresco.
Keep It Warm
You will want to make full use of your outdoor living spaces well into the cooler months, and even into winter. Load up your outdoor fireplace with wood, or get the fire pit going. You can also add other patio heaters to your outdoor living spaces. Consider having blankets available as well.
Labor Day marks the traditional end of pool season, but unless the temperatures drop drastically, you still have some time left to enjoy your inground pool. This is especially true if you have a pool heater. Make the most of your pool while you still can. And don’t forget to schedule pool closing.
A Word of Caution
If you do choose to have guests over, plan ahead and set chairs and tables up outside so people can maintain social distancing. It is up to you whether you ask people to wear masks when they are not eating and cannot maintain social distance. Remember that someone can be asymptomatic, or have the virus and not be showing any symptoms yet. We want everyone to stay safe and healthy.
We Are Now Booking for 2021
If you’re looking to install an inground pool, an outdoor kitchen, or other hardscaping project, please get in touch. We are now booking pool installation and other large projects into 2021. Make It Exceptional. Make It Woodfield.