Spring is here! We are dreaming of sunny days and warm nights outside in our backyards. Our Remodel-Design-Build Team at The Cleary Company is ready to enjoy working in our backyards, creating livable spaces to maximize outdoor living, and relish these next few months of warm, sunny, Ohio weather!

What do we love about our backyards? We talked with our Team, thought about what our clients have wanted, and researched what’s trending in order to bring you these six reasons to love your backyard!

6 Reasons We Love Backyards

Increased Livable Space

Who doesn’t want more livable space? Whether it’s a patio, a deck, a 3 or 4-season room, or just space in the yard carved out for seating around a firepit, we want places to spend time outdoors. Setting up zones for lounging, cooking, playing, and evening fires creates areas where we can unwind and have fun.

It Can Be An Extension of Your Home

Imagine sliding, retractable, or French doors opening up to livable spaces you’ve created in your backyard. Extending your home to the outdoors gives you more places to spend time with family and friends. An addition of a 3 or 4-season room is the ultimate way to extend the footprint of your home’s square footage but does require an investment of time & money. A covered patio or deck may be a better fit for your needs. It’s perfect for a rainy day or relaxing in the shade. And even an uncovered deck or patio is great for a shady backyard or evening spent outside with the family.

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More Room to Entertain

Summer is the time of backyard parties. Whether it’s a neighborhood cookout, a graduation party, or just friends hanging out by the firepit, we love to entertain. And somehow, it’s just easier when it’s outdoors in the backyard. By creating those zones for cooking, sitting, playing, and more, guests can spread out and move from one zone to another. (Side benefit—less mess inside the house!)

Want more inspiration? Visit the Outdoor Living Portfolio on our website!

Commune with Nature

Enjoying flowers, native plants, a garden, or the grass and trees, spending time in nature is good for the soul. A breezy, sunny day fills our bodies with light and energy, while tending to flowers and gardens brings us a sense of accomplishment and creativity. And having a backyard that capitalizes on the ability to spend time outdoors is always a winner.

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Many people don’t mind spending the summer at home, creating mini staycations for the family. After all, who wants to go to Florida in the summer? A treehouse, firepit, swing set, bocce ball, cornhole, or possibly a swimming pool makes staying at home even more fun. The options are endless for adding things to your backyard for activities for kids and adults. An outdoor kitchen takes meal prep up a notch because cooking on a grill is just that much more fun, right?

Health benefits

In addition to the benefits of communing with nature mentioned above, backyards should be an oasis, a place to unwind, relax, and unplug. Creating some areas with some privacy brings the ability to unwind to a whole new level. Sitting in the dappled sunlight for a bit gives us some Vitamin D and a sense of well-being (just don’t forget the sunscreen). Spending time in our yards probably means there’s a bit of exercise happening—playing with the kids, landscaping, or playing some cornhole, outside=exercise. One more health benefit? Unplug by leaving your phone inside while you’re outdoors!

What are you waiting for? Now is the time to get your backyard ready for summer. Let’s collaborate to get your project underway! Get started planning your new outdoor living space with a sunroom, patio, pavilion, or deck and call 614-459-4000 or schedule a phone call with our Client Relations Coordinator on our website.