Archadeck 2012Now that spring has officially arrived, we invite you to consider these questions:

  • Wouldn’t we all benefit from more time outdoors?
  • Do you consider time outdoors a luxury or a necessity?
  • Do your children get enough playtime outdoors?

Breathing fresh air, basking in the gentle sunlight, feeling the breeze as it ruffles the trees — sometimes you crave those peaceful moments. It seems logical that we would gain health benefits from more time spent relaxing outside on a deck or porch here in Central Connecticut.

Maybe you are old enough to remember the days when screens existed only on porches, windows and television sets. If so, you don’t have to be convinced that children benefitted from more playtime outdoors than our children experience today. Somehow we know that if we could just get them away from the video games and smartphone apps more often, we would improve their quality of life.

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Archadeck CT screened porch alongside a Fiberon Ipe deck

Researchers have confirmed many health benefits, both physical and mental, associated with spending more time outdoors. For example, one study determined that “any form of outdoor living will elevate your mental health.” Here are a few of the health benefits of outdoor living:

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AZEK deck and pergola combination.

  • Restored mental clarity and focus
  • Reduced mental fatigue
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Reduced depression, including Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Reduced risk of developing nearsightedness (myopia) in children
  • Better concentration for children with ADHD
  • Better concentration for adults combating dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
  • Increased levels of Vitamin D, essential to maintaining a healthy immune system
  • Better sleep at night, as natural sunlight helps set the body’s internal clock

Does your home include your very own outdoor oasis? If not, it’s probably time to consider adding an outdoor living space to your home. There are many options to choose from including a deck, covered porch, screened porch, patio, sunroom, three-season room or some combination of these structures.

If you are thinking of adding an outdoor living space to your home in Avon, Farmington, Cheshire or anywhere else in Central Connecticut, Archadeck can help you select the perfect design to increase and maximize your family’s time outdoors. To learn more about our inspiring outdoor living space designs, call us (203) 793-7142 or email