A life outside is one worth living — that’s the philosophy Alan Looney and his team at Castle Homes have fully embraced in recent years as more homeowners incorporate the great outdoors into their families’ daily routines.

Creating an at-home oasis appeals to families with younger kids who love being able to host their friends. Then when the parents get older, they have appealing places that their college-bound kiddos actually want to come home to. Meanwhile, empty nesters and couples without kids have a place to reflect and recharge that doesn’t involve airports and luggage.

“People want to spend more time enjoying their homes, and obviously enjoying the outdoor space,” says Looney, who says about 60 percent of the homes they construct these days have a backyard pool.

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