Better Outdoor Living: Nature, But Not TOO Close!

The Problems of Outdoor Living

When I was a kid, I really didn’t care about things like bug bites, or staying in the shade. I just wanted to be outside outdoor living evil skeeterand having adventures. As I’ve gotten older though, I find myself less enthusiastic about getting eaten alive by bugs, or sunburn. It’s not that I don’t want to be outside per se, it’s just that I don’t want the outside to get…I dunno, too personal with me.

See, I like being outside in summer (even if it can get miserably hot). I like the fresh air and I like the way that summer smells. I like that sense of well-being from the extra vitamin D, and I love sharing grilled food with friends. Heck, I even go camping!

But when you’re camping, you’re kind of expecting nature to get up close and personal with you. You’re expecting the bites, and the heat, and the discomfort. Because unless you’re one of those people who glamps, that’s all just a part of the camping experience. Home is a different matter though, at home I just want to enjoy outdoor living without too much of the outdoors enjoying me!

Shade By Choice

There are quite a few options for those of us who want to enjoy outdoor living in comfort. As you might expect, the majority of those options involve either limiting exposure to the sun or to insects. Awnings are a great way to manage sun exposure and keep an area both cool and protected. Modern retractable awnings are perfect too, as you can simply extend or retract them as you wish depending on how much sun you want! Oh, and the pleasure of sitting outside without having to worry about getting sunburnt is just phenomenal!

Permanent and Bug Free

outdoor living screened porchSome people choose to opt for a more permanent solution than an awning though. Instead they opt for building an addition to their home like a screened porch.

Screened porches are simply brilliant. I love how they are like a meeting place between indoors and outdoors. Shaded and protected, they allow you to sit outside and enjoy those sweet summer evenings without becoming dinner for mosquitos. I would even go so far as to say that window screens are one of the greatest inventions we humans have come up with.

They’re also becoming increasingly important nowadays with the northwards spread of mosquito borne diseases such as Zika and West Nile Virus. It is for this reason that you should always ensure that the window screens on your house and screened porch are in good repair. Because if they are not, those pesky insects can still get in. It is highly recommended that you either replace or repair them. Don’t worry if you’re not very handy either, there are window screen installation and repair services that can help. It’s truly worth taking the time and effort to shore up this first line of defense against those horrible bloodsuckers.

Hopefully, this short blog has given you some ideas for making your outdoor living this summer a much more enjoyable experience. Happy summer, readers!

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