The Benefits of Living in a Home with Outdoor Recreational Space

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By guest author Teri Silver

If you’ve always lived in apartments or only had homes with small yards, you’re missing out! Having a home with lots of outdoor recreational space offers so many benefits with tons of options. Here, we list some of the best things about having a home with outdoor living space.

Whether you’re looking to buy your starter house or forever home, having extra outdoor space is great. Yes, it’s more work, but it also has more rewards. From a pool with a deck to throw parties or a yard with enough space for a trampoline and swing set for your kids, the options are endless. 

Extended Living Space

More space means more room for everyday living. Functional outdoor living may include an outdoor kitchen, bar, or fire pit. Add in a table and chairs, some love seats, and footstools, and you’ve got yourself another whole section of the house. Homes with big backyards or patios help you avoid that closed-in feeling.


Like throwing parties but don’t want the mess inside? Homes with large backyards and outdoor spaces are great for entertaining and socializing. (Of course, you still have to clean up or you’ll end up with a mouse problem.)

Backyard pergolas, verandas, and gazebos are nice for intimate dinner parties. Serve up cocktails on a portable or built-in bar. When it’s grilling season, host a barbecue and set up a few outdoor games like badminton, croquet, or bocce, and have some fun!  

Like to swim? Your backyard is a perfect place for a swimming pool, whether it’s above-ground or built-in. If the space is large enough, you can add a cabana or changing room.

DO Fence Me In

Fenced-in yards are perfect places for kids and animals to play, especially when you cannot keep an eye on them every minute of the day. Consider building a fence if the property doesn’t already have one. The most popular fencing materials are wrought iron, wood, vinyl, and aluminum.

Fill your yard with kids’ favorites like swing sets and slides. Bouncy castles, seesaws, jungle gyms, and trampolines complete your personal playground.  

Enjoy Nature

Outdoor living lets you connect with nature. Fresh air, sunlight, and greenery are relaxing –– being outside is something to look forward to after a busy day. Take a walk through the yard or sit in the sun for some much-needed vitamin D. Listen to the birds sing and the wind swishing through trees. Outdoors is a good place for quiet meditation.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Gardening is a healthy pastime that not only produces flowers, fruits, and vegetables but promotes biodiversity. Even small backyards have enough room for container or dirt gardens.

Rain gardens are sunken areas in the yard that collect rainwater from roofs, streets, and driveways. Grasses and native perennial flowers thrive in rain gardens, as they attract songbirds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.  

Rock gardens and xeriscaping are also suitable options for your space, especially if you don’t get a lot of rainfall. Decorate bare yard spots with rocks, stones, and pebbles. Add native grasses and drought-resistant plants. Sculptures, paving stones, park benches, hanging ornaments, and water fountains decorate the area in a serene way.      

Outdoor recreational space has so many possibilities. When searching for a new home, look at the front and back yards with a designer’s eye, think of the added value, and let The Hardy Team give you a helping hand.  

Teri Silver is a journalist and outdoor enthusiast. She and her husband live on 5 acres with a vast lawn, three gardens, a farm, a pond, many trees, and a lot of yard work! The best parts of the year are summer and fall when home-grown veggies are on the dinner table.


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