2022 New Year’s Resolution: Spend More Time Outside

Posted on December 23, 2021


Yardzen co-founders, Adam and Allison Messner, enjoying their outdoor “California Room”— their favorite “room” at home!

If you’ve resolved to make 2022 a better year than 2021, we’re right there with you. Here are three ways to make this the year you live better outside. 


A family in the Bay Area enjoying their newly completed Yardzen yard!

Resolve to improve your well being by simply getting outside more in 2022.

In 2019 the journal Nature reported what many already knew intuitively: spending 120 minutes a week in nature, or just 17 minutes per day, can significantly boost happiness and overall well-being. There is a substantial body of research linking green spaces to lower risks of disease, mental health problems, and mortality, and better health and cognitive development in children.

Work with a design expert to create an outdoor space purposefully-designed for connectedness with nature. Think of it as essential self care in 2022. 


An outdoor dining room in a recently completed Yardzen yard.

In 2022, make your yard your default entertaining space. 

Where people once used to gather around the kitchen island, those gatherings are moving outdoors whenever possible. In fact, an outdoor dining space is the single most requested design feature in Yardzen designs. 

In addition to outdoor dining, a full half of Yardzen clients want an outdoor kitchen. These outdoor kitchens take all shapes and sizes, from built-in BBQs to chef-style setups.

Yardzen’s design experts can create a smart plan to maximize your outdoor square footage and help give your space flow and intention.


Growing your own food has never been more desirable than it will be in 2022.

But the gardens Yardzen clients request look different—they’re smaller and low-maintenance. For some people, it’s a fruit tree and an herb garden (hello, cocktail garden!), for others, it’s raised beds to encourage kids to get their hands dirty.  Homeowners are longing to connect to their produce in a hyper local way, but they don’t want to give up their weekends for their zucchini.


Make 2022 the year you reimagine your home’s potential and live better outside. You’ll want to start on your design now to ensure your dream yard is ready by summer. 

Contractors are harder to book in their busy season (spring) so aim to book your contractor during the winter to ensure that they’re ready to break ground in the spring. 

After your final design is ready, Yardzen’s team will help facilitate the entire contractor matching and selection process.

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