If you’re feeling a little stressed out lately, you’re not alone. Americans are reporting record levels of overwhelm and tension, according to the Pew Research Center. Kids are just as stressed out as adults. With that in mind, we thought we’d point out a few ways that a deck can help your family relax and focus on what’s good in life:
Decks provide a place to be outside.
Human beings spend more than 90% of their lives indoors, yet we need fresh air and sunshine. A deck is a convenient, easy to access way to get the family outdoors. Feeling the breeze blowing and seeing the birds fly around is a nice change from whatever’s playing on the nearest screen. It’s good to take a break from the news and social media every now and then.
Decks provide a place for conversation.
Smart deck design includes seating so people can sit and talk together. These can be fun family discussions, random musings with your friends, or even community event planning sessions. When planning your deck, talk to your local deck contractor about seating & shade – not everyone enjoys being in the full sun.
Decks are great for dining out.
Love to barbecue? The deck’s ideal for outdoor cooking. Don’t feel like firing up the grill? It turns out you can eat any of your favorite foods on the deck. Have pizza delivered and enjoy it on the deck – somehow it tastes even better than when you eat it inside. The kids want ice cream cones? The best decks are low-maintenance: just spray off any drips and drops that may happen with a quick hit from the hose.
Decks are for doing anything you want…or nothing at all.
Summer is time for those old-fashioned activities that are great for family bonding. Play cards together, read some books, or drink sweet tea and watch people going by. Or for the ultimate reaction, try doing nothing at all: relaxing in a comfortable chair with a cool drink is not the worst way to spend an afternoon.