Saturday, October 23, 2021

Creating an Outdoor Refuge

While the world is slowly opening back up, it will be sometime before we are out and about as we were pre-coronavirus. “Although most areas are reopening in Florida, many want to take a cautious approach in getting out in public,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance Florida’s largest independent home insurance agency.

While numerous businesses are struggling to stay afloat, home improvement stores such as Lowes, Ace Hardware and Home Depot are experiencing consistent traffic.

Home is now the place we spend most of our time. Creating or enhancing a pleasant environment can foster joy and peace. Fresh air and sunshine only contribute to your well-being.

As you turn your attention outdoors, what changes in your yard would make you happy? A good place to start is deciding the function of your outdoor space.

If you like to entertain, ample space for guests, seating and dining with proximity to a cooking area, like the kitchen or grill is priority.

You want to create a relaxing get away? Winding walkways a distance from your home that lead to a private garden with comfortable seating and a water feature to drown out the noise would suit you well.

Wanna play? Your recreation area should include partial shade and a soft floor such as grass, sand or a rubberized surface.

Your outdoor space can also be divided up for multiple uses. If you are looking for an easy DIY outdoor project to up your yard game, you can enhance with one of the following suggestions from HGTV:

Adding string lights

Plant or buy container gardens

Put in solar lighting along a pathway

Hang squirrel or bird feeders- these are sure to provide entertainment

Add pavers, rocks, mulch or ornamental grass along the border of your yard

If you are looking to commit to a bigger project to transform your backyard one of the succeeding might be for you.




Sports court

Front porch

“Outdoor projects can increase your property’s appearance, value and your enjoyment,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance Florida’s top independent home insurance agency.

Don’t forget the shade. The sun is nice, but you will need some relief from the heat. Shape options include an umbrella, sun shade, shade sail, pergola, lattice or awning.

GreatFlorida Insurance is here for you. Contact us for your home insurance needs.

Ellsworth Buck
Since 2003, Ellsworth has served as Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, a network of independent, franchised insurance agents located throughout Florida. During his tenure he has helped the franchise grow to more than 100 independent locations state wide. He is a 20+ year veteran of the Florida Insurance industry and is a graduate West Virginia University, earning his M.B.A in 1984. He lives with his wife in Stuart, Florida. For more information visit:

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