Home is important to most of us which is why we strive to improve the interior of our homes. Most of home decoration focuses on exactly that: interiors and creating the perfect sense of home for those who are indoors, but what about the outside? The exterior of a home, beyond the walls that comprise it also contributes to how people enjoy their living space. The outdoors creates the first impression visitors will have of your home, and for many people it will be where they spend much of their time, whether grilling steaks in the backyard or simply relaxing on the patio.
Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love educates readers on viewing the exterior of their homes, meaning the yard, as a part of the home and therefore in need of all of the attention that a homeowner gives to their interior. The goal is to create an atmosphere that is as comfortable as the one inside the home.
Author Julie Moir Messervy points out that many people ignore the outdoor aspects of their homes as a result of the greater role that technology plays in modern living. People spend their time indoors watching TV and playing videogames. The book provides advice on how to reverse this trend on your own property. Homeowners are encouraged to enjoy their ownership of the property. They are free to garden, or even to sleep outside if they choose. The key is to utilize the property in a way that is ideal for that particular site. She notes that in many cases landscape contractors neglect to do this. The goal of the book is to help the homeowner to accomplish this so that they can see their yard as being as much a part of their lives as the interior of a house.