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How Outdoor Spaces Enrich High-Rise Living

Building developers are now focusing not only on maximizing the number of available apartments and condos but also focusing on how to build a greener and sociable community.

Building developers are now focusing not only on maximizing the number of available apartments and condos but also focusing on how to build a greener and sociable community.

The need for a public space to establish social interactions on high rise complexes is becoming more essential. High-rise homes are now focusing on developments in having more environment spaces that will include gardens, path walks, cycling paths, and playground for children.

According to the Australian Sustainable Built, Environment Council vibrancy and walkability of the environment are important to achieve social engagement along with the feeling of comfort and security. Well-planned outdoor spaces that gather people like mini parks, pools, and playgrounds are an effective way to encourage residents to have social interactions like a simple nod, smile, and hellos and eventually enhance the bonds and friendships.

Having an interesting object like artworks in a public area can bring forth two strangers. Seating space (chairs), scenic space (plants and artworks), and activity space (playground and plaza’s) are few examples of visual elements. In addition to that, the more elements the design has, the higher the percentage of accommodation and opportunities for people to interact. Therefore, the design to create such crafted landscape and space are essential for building a well favorable and sociable community.

In high rise living, rooftops are gaining a plethora of green spaces where residents can stay and relax and feel the peace and calm surrounding. Singaporeans urban city is giving attention to the tower development a more community-centric and environment-friendly space and structure.

Benefits of outdoor spaces:

Great View and Experience

Not only will the outdoor spaces or green space a great view but the experience that residents feel. A sense of being one and in commune with nature, and feeling of peace and calmness breathing in fresh air.

Good Health

Having the outdoor space keep families and friends connected; improve health and wellness of the residents;

Helping Depression Symptoms

According to exdesigngroup.com, a natural way to boost and improve your mood is to turn to nature. Spending time outdoors can clear your mind and help reduce symptoms of depression. Feeling nature with your senses will help you relax.

Improve Vision

Studies show that looking into green things and spending outdoors helps improve your vision.

Boosting the Immune System

Fresh air can help and prevent asthma. Moreover, natural surrounding helps boost your immune system. It also encourages children to play outdoors and build balance and develop motor skills.

Adds Aesthetic Value

Maintaining and enhancing the property with outdoor spaces not only adds value but it can be useful too. This is an outlet for those people who want to escape the city pressure but within the area and get fresh air.

Reintroduce nature to high rise towers through outdoor spaces like rooftops and open spaces give sustainable benefits. Physical structure is not only appealing but the mental and health benefits of the residents are well taken cared of. It makes people more community-centred when building this environment-friendly spaces.

Beach-Themed Outdoor Living Decorating Ideas For Your Porch

Beach is a happy place for most people. Yet not all have the luxury of time to start their engine and drive off to that so-called paradise to unwind and destress.

Beach is a happy place for most people. Yet not all have the luxury of time to start their engine and drive off to that so-called paradise to unwind and de-stress.

Instead of wishing for an escape from reality and daydreaming of the ocean. Why not turn your porch into something that exudes beach vibes. An open porch is ideal if you want something inspired by the beach. Here are some ideas on how you can turn an ordinary porch to a beach-themed outdoor space:

Add shades of blue

Blue is said to be the color of the sea and sky. Using a blue color palette on your porch evokes a calming feeling the beach gives. Try mixing up tones, patterns, and shades. Include some blue-green tints and pale hues and throw in some white and gray to achieve a straight-out-of-the-ocean feel. In case you are not into whites, beach-inspired shades might do like light cream, sandy beige, light yellow or off-white. These colors are inspired by the sand, shells and of course, Sun.

Source it from the sea

Spending summer on a beach is a great time to collect natural decorations such as sea stars, shells, driftwood along with many others. Use them to add a more coastal feeling to your porch. Make a seashell garland and hang to adorn your window. Use the driftwood as a candle tray or a table. Get your creative juices flowing.

Dress up your porch

Put some variety of plants and flowering options in your outdoor space. Green represents life and is pleasing to the eyes giving you a much relaxing feel. There are a variety of choices for a coastal garden to fit a beach-themed porch like Elijah Blue, Cordyline Australis, Sea Lavender, Fleabane, Rosemary, And Sea Kale. With a lot of choices to choose from, pick those that would suit your theme and would thrive in any weather condition. These will give the impression that you are close to nature.

Swing, swing

One of the many things beach goers enjoy is the onshore breeze. Since you cannot always go to the beach, make good use of your old porch swing to add up to your theme. Enjoy some breeze while swinging on your outdoor space.

Choose beach-inspired designs

Carefully select decorations you are going to incorporate. Just make sure it suits and goes well with your theme. Throw in some pillows and place some rugs or fabrics with beach-inspired designs to even more add a seaside feel. Shell illustrations and some nautical designs will make a porch feel like you’re at the beach.

Simple furnishings

As an alternative to a seemingly extravagant couch, opt for a simple Adirondack chair. Made of wood and is generally used outdoors which is perfect for your beach-themed porch. It sure does feel like you are at the beach. You may paint the chair some color or leave it as is. If painting is not your thing though, just incorporate preferred colors with furniture.

Heating Up Outdoor Space During the Rainy Season

Do not let rain steals the fun of entertaining in your outdoor space. There are creative ways to make your patio warm and functional during winter time or wet season. It is important to keep your backyard entertainment area comfortable for your guests and your family as well.

Do not let rain steals the fun of entertaining in your outdoor space. There are creative ways to make your patio warm and functional during winter time or wet season. It is important to keep your backyard entertainment area comfortable for your guests and your family as well.

A few practical changes can transform your outdoor area into a perfect haven that can withstand chilly temperature.

Build a rooftop

A roof provides protection against the rain. It keeps the patio dry and warm during a cold weather.

Block the cold with curtains, etc.

Encircle the space with beautiful curtains just like a tropical cabana. You can also use aluminum outdoor shutters, patio blinds or bamboo roll-up shades to block the cold wind.

Build an open fireplace

A fireplace is a fantastic addition to outdoor space. A stone fireplace can become a focal point on your patio. It would be fun to gather your family or friends and light it up to warm everybody. Aside from its aesthetic and functional value, a fireplace brings intimate and cozy atmosphere.

Install a fire pit

It is a more affordable and modern option for heating a small outdoor space. It is an excellent source of warmth during intimate or group gatherings. Another great idea is to put a small fire pit on a patio table. Make sure that there is a fire break that surrounds the fire pit for safety and protection of everyone.

Place outdoor heater

Heat up your patio with heaters that come in different sizes and forms. You can choose among electric space heater or gas-powered heaters that can be mounted on the ceiling or wall. There are tabletop, hanging and standing or floor-lamp types that can add warmth and coziness to your outdoor space. For temporary need, a heater that is designed as a wood-burning stove or a traditional fireplace is a good choice.

Use heated floors

Instead of traditional floor material, why not opt for heated floors. It exudes gentle heat on the patio and keeps your toes warm.

Bring out indoor furniture

House furniture is much comfier compared to plastic or metal-made outdoor furniture. Make your patio looking more attractive and warmer by bringing out an upholstered sofa or chairs.

Cozy up with pillows and blankets

Make your patio visually attractive and exuding with warmth by placing colorful pillows, blankets or thick scarfs on the couch. You can also place a big basket with assorted throws and pillows in a nook so your guests can easily get one if they feel cold.

Spread attractive-looking rugs across the area

Warm up your concrete floors with outdoor rugs. They certainly make your entertaining area extra cozy and looking chic.

Light candles

Create a romantic and welcoming ambiance with scented candles which also provide soft lighting. They are less expensive and comes in different scents. You can also buy portable candles which can be placed in various corners of the area.

Place a hot tub

Why not? A hot tub is a perfect place to enjoy a cool night. Relax, stargaze or simply close your eyes and enjoy the warm water.