Building an outdoor kitchen is a wonderful way to add value to your home, not to mention the years of enjoyment for your family and friends. When you start thinking about your design, consider adding a roofing structure or shade covering. Why, you ask? Covering your outdoor space will add to its usability and make it easier to control the room's climate. This will allow for more flexibility in material choice, and protect your furniture, grill, and other appliances from wear of tear of the elements.
Outdoor entertaining and kitchens have steadily been making a trend with homeowners. From a simple seasonal small grilling space to a year round elaborate chef style kitchen (complete with a fireplace and mood lighting, or course) installing an outdoor kitchen will enhance your lifestyle, expand your living space and add value to your home.
Whether you are designing a quaint and cozy traditional outdoor kitchen, or a grand and lavish Mediterranean food court, your space should contain a few essential outdoor kitchen components.
Patios are the most common hardscape in people’s yard and one of the first things to consider when designing outdoor living spaces. We use them for our grills, lounging, showing off our potted plants, entertaining, and to generally extend outdoor living space. How do we make our patio stand out? Many choose to make their patio unique by taking advantage of the different materials that can be used. The most common materials used are concrete, natural stones, brick, and composite pavers. Which patio building material is right for you?
For the last million years, our human ancestors have distinguished ourselves from other animals by our mastery of fire. We have used it for light, warmth, to keep predators at bay, and of course, for cooking. From primitive fire pits dug into the ground to grand and glorious marble fireplaces, humans still appreciate fire. Modern fireplaces and firepits have a variety of compositions, purposes and fuels. What fire feature is best suited for your landscape?
Much of the joy that comes with having an outdoor living space comes from mixing the comfort of your house and the beauty of nature. Adding a splash of color in your landscape design can be as easy as adding a few potted plants to your deck, or as large as framing your deck with a border of shrubbery. Container plants are versatile, easy to maintain, and work well to soften the hard corners of your patio design. Mix and match these elements to create your unique outdoor garden room.
Landscaping is not just the placement of gardens, waterscapes, and hardscapes; it is also the use of color. Designing outdoor living spaces with the right hues in your accessories and décor, as well as your garden plants, can accent your landscape and create a flowing and beautiful outdoor space to enjoy your time outside.
Natural stone pavers are created from stones that have already stood the test of time. Quarried from large chunks of mineral that have been around for 300 million years, the paving bricks you walk on every day are very durable. Keeping that ancient stone looking pretty isn’t difficult if you follow a few easy steps.
Hardscapes endure a good deal of wear and tear throughout the year. It’s easy to think of maintaining them during the spring storms or the heavy summer traffic. But in the winter, we are happily basking in the warmth of our homes, and thoughts of our outdoor spaces are relegated to dreams of summer past or planning for future gatherings. This is the time when Nature’s beastly weather takes its toll on our natural stones. Here are three tips for natural stone care and maintenance through the winter.
Natural stones can last for the lifetime of your home when properly maintained. Regular cleaning and weeding will keep your hardscape looking good, but to ensure that it stays looking exceptional there are a few more tasks that must be completed yearly. To protect your investment you should conduct annual inspections, remove stains, replace joint sand as needed, and apply sealers for natural pavers.