As a real estate brokerage, you can imagine we see all kinds of cool and interesting backyard setups from the elaborate to the simple, the DIY to the professional. Some are easier,on-a-budget ideas, and some require landscapers and contractors. There really isn’t a ‘right’ or ‘best’ way to do it up, because it all depends on what each person wants and how much time and money they’re interested in putting into the project. We have some suggestions for adding extra panache from the basic to the decked out (pardon the pun), and you might find what suits you in the in-between.
It may seem a bit indulgent, but there are actually a lot of mental and physical health benefits to installing a putting green in your yard. For starters, a little exercise goes a long way, especially if you, like a huge number of the workforce recently, are working from home. Sitting down all day isn’t the best thing we can do for our bodies, and even fifteen or twenty minutes of getting up and moving around at regular intervals can do wonders. It’s even better to go outside in the fresh air and sunshine and take a few moments to stretch and swing.
If that wasn’t enough, taking a few minutes for a refreshing putt can also help reduce stress and improve concentration and focus skills. Believe it or not (trust us, we have sources), golf has such mind/body good stuff going for it, you could possibly even live longer just for playing it, no matter how good or bad you are at it.
Plus, a small putting green gives a little extra character to brighten up the space, and it can add to the value of your home. And it’s fun.
The Fire Pit
Fire pits serve as a cozy inclusion to any backyard – and the good news is they don’t have to break the bank. With a variety of materials and sizes to consider, a fire pit adds a great gathering space with a modest amount of effort. It’s always wise to do your research before choosing materials, but we did find some great ideas for do-it-yourself fire pits to inspire – from inexpensive options you can buy at Amazon or a home goods store, or ideas for how to design and dig your own creation.
Outdoor Summer Kitchen
We featured a recent blog about outdoor kitchens, and you might be surprised to find out how they can be a big boost for your energy footprint. The health benefits aren’t too shabby, either; grilled food tends to use a lot less butter and fat, so not only does it fill the air with scrumptious aromas, it tastes great and it’s good for you.
You can check out our column in this month’s issue of Gainesville City Lifestyle, and have a look at some of the fantastic articles celebrating summer in Gainesville and Central Florida!