Historically we have valued a home based on its square footage and indoor space. In the past few years there has been a trend toward evaluating a home increasingly on its outdoor space. Real estate agents are being asked three questions more and more; is there room to breathe, is there room to plant, is there room outside to entertain?  

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Outdoor space has become a significant selling feature in residential property because we are spending more time at home and the chance to spend that time in a private, comfortable and beautiful outdoor, natural environment allows us time to connect to the earth, the sky, plants and nature. Outdoor space allows us to disconnect from the man-made world and restore our natural affinity to the natural world by breathing deeply, planting flowers and vegetables, and sharing the beauty of nature with friends and family.

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Maybe that is a few pots with tomato plants in them. Maybe it’s an acre of vegetable and fruit gardens bordered by flowers. Or maybe it’s some lawn furniture and a water feature where we can escape and read a great book in stillness. Connecting to nature and reconnecting to our inner self seems to be more easily facilitated when we have room to breathe and room to plant. Outdoor space allows us a special, unconfined freedom. It’s a freedom that restores us at the deepest level.

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