This time of year (in South Florida) is the perfect season to enjoy your outdoor living space. Unfortunately, studies show our use of digital devices is keeping us cooped up inside.
We all know that spending time outside can lead to significant health benefits. Being outdoors will elevate your mood and boost your memory, you’re less likely to pick up a virus, you are more likely to be physically active which keeps joints loose and helps with chronic pain and stiffness and you may heal faster.
Fortunately, it’s easy to extend your time spent outdoors and enjoy all your backyard has to offer
Blur the Lines Between Outside and In
A designer’s trick to making your lanai or patio feel more like an extension of your living space is incorporate continuous flooring and choose furnishings that look as if they belong inside your home. Forego the boxy aluminum furniture from a big box store for stylish pieces with UV-stable and mildew resistant fabrics.
Add a Hammock
According to a study on WebMD, the gentle rocking motion of a hammock caused people to fall asleep faster which resulted in changed brain waves that led to a deeper state of sleep. A variety of hammock styles exist these days to fit in with overall landscape design. A hammock could be the focal point you’re looking for.
Heat Things Up
No matter what time of the year it is, people (and pets) like to gather around a cozy fire. Patio fire pits provide practical and emotional benefits. Much like indoor fireplaces, fire pits and fire tables provide the perfect focal point for an outdoor sitting area. They extend your evenings by providing an irresistible ambient glow. Additionally fire pits provide warmth, are an excellent catalyst for good conversation and can even be used for cooking. Permanent or portable, consider adding one to heat things up in your outdoor space.
Add Some Sizzle
Cooking and dining outside for much of the year is one of the great traditions of living in the South Florida. But no time is more sublime to do it than the fall and winter season, when low humidity days stretch into memorable evenings.
They say that food tastes better if it’s been grilled, and that goes for any season.
The outdoor kitchen means so much more than a barbecue with a prep sink. There are pizza ovens, griddles, infrared rotisseries, built-in woks, deep-fryers ― you can customize your outdoor kitchen to suit the food you cook and the way you want to entertain. With so many choices on the market today, it’s easy to get analysis paralysis when trying to build an outdoor kitchen area that’s not only attractive but cost effective. The good news is it can be done and we can help!
A new product ideal of indoor and outdoor use is Pyrolithic Stone. This new Pyrolithic Stone surface, manufacturd by GEOLUXE, is constructed from mineral-based materials (no resins) using the manufacturer’s GeoMimicry technology, which mimics the long-term geological processes that create marble.
What makes this product so unique is its resistance to UV light/fading, resistance to heat, scratching, etching and has no porosity and absorption. It is fade resistant and is highly durable with low maintenance. Even better unlike other porcelain countertops, GEOLUXE is full-bodied meaning it requires no mitering when fabricated.
This February, GEOLUXE will debut its new 12mm thickness at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas February 19th – 21st. In the honed finish, this new offering will be suitable for floors.