Published at Monday, March 25th, 2019 - 08:14:00 AM. Kitchen Room. By Augustine Fischer.
Therapy gardens neednt be large. In fact, a small footprint can make them easier and less costly to tend. They can be sited almost anywhere on a property, but terrain, a homeowners wish for privacy, and the amount of light needed for the desired plantings will help determine the best spot. Many therapy gardens are built in secluded places, away from a house and neighbors or at a different elevation, says Sacramento, Calif.–based landscape designer Michael Glassman.
Why its happening: Research shows that natural light can boost healthfulness, both physical and emotional, so architects and window manufacturers are responding. Dickinsons top suggestions to clients are to repair or reglaze windows, add more windows, build a deck, or add on a screened porch. “It gives them an important connection with the outdoors,” he says. Manufacturers like Marvin Windows and Doors are debuting new product lines, such as windows mulled together for a wall of light, and the companys new Marvin Modern collection minimizes framing for maximum sightlines. Rick Gehrke with RE/MAX Executives in Boise, Idaho, says hes seeing more roll-up garage doors fitted with glass for views outdoors. How you can take action: Let clients know that new glazing can make a big difference to the enjoyment and efficiency of a home, and its an affordable update. Dickinson says a quality single window or door with glazing might cost $1,000. An entire wall of glass may run $5,000 to $10,000, but the return on investment can be huge if it captures a view or lightens a dark space.
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