Around the office this week, we’ve been sharing our plans to celebrate the 4th with family and friends, and so we have patios, roof decks, and all sorts of outdoor spaces on our minds. While they’ll likely get extra use this weekend, exterior spaces can provide a number of benefits all summer long. When you’re short on interior space, outdoor environments can provide flexible room for meetings and events – we even do some of our staff performance reviews on our A3C roof deck. Daily use of outdoor spaces has also been shown to reduce stress in employees and the elderly. Our design for the Silver Maples senior living community includes easy-to-access, natural picnic spaces. Outdoor spaces, like the pool area we designed for a residential community here in Ann Arbor, can help boost property values and attract buyers. And patios like the the one at the Riverhouse Co-Op allow for enjoyable community and family activities.

We wish all our readers a safe and fun 4th of July!