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21 Jun 2017

Your Backyard is The Best Place to Entertain!

Once upon a time, backyards really didn’t have a decor. Bar-b-que pits were basic things that needed replacing often, sometimes even yearly. That was before we figured out that the backyard is the best place to entertain. It only makes sense that we put the same care into the design of our backyard as we do with our home interior.

Your Backyard is The Best Place to Entertain!

Features

When you plan your backyard retreat, you have options as to what features will make your space work for you. A patio or deck is a normal place to start, consider a patio of decorative concrete work. This is a versatile material that is long-lasting and economical. But from there your lifestyle comes into play. There are so many options available.

A pool is an enjoyable feature to consider, as water is always a nice touch to any landscape. You might prefer something fancy with waterfalls, or perhaps you want something just inviting for cooling off on those warm days.

An outdoor kitchen might be just the feature for you, with cooking, visiting, and dining all close at hand in your backyard. This is a great touch for those summer evening with friends and family.

A fire-pit or even a fireplace can make a patio inviting all year-long. When it is too cool to swim, evenings are still fun outdoors with the warmth of a crackling fire. This is a great feature for October ghost story telling and December holiday parties.

A garden is a lovely touch for any backyard space, especially one with paths and benches. Whether this is a feature at the edge of a patio or pool or its own element, a garden is charming. Consider raised beds with concrete or stone edging and matching paths.

At Varsity Pools, we create and build backyard retreats. Whatever you choose to make your backyard into the haven you deserve, contact us for more information on how we can help you make your backyard dream a reality.

07 Jun 2017

Tips for Creating Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen

Cooking is no longer restricted to the inside of your home. Turn your backyard into a retreat with your dream outdoor kitchen. Before you start purchasing products, keep these tips in mind. They will help you enjoy your kitchen for years to come.

Tips for Creating Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen

Decide On A Budget

The budget for the kitchen like any other home remodel. A few things to consider when creating your budget include:

  • the type of materials you want to use.
  • the price of getting professional installers.
  • the furniture and accessories that finish the space.

Decide On The Location 

After determining your budget, choose your location.

  • How much space does the kitchen need
  • Do you need a covering over the kitchen? Are you adding it to an existing structure?
  • If you have children give them enough space to play. This is also important if you have pets that enjoy the yard.

Ask for your family’s input on the location. Consider a compromise if there are multiple locations suggested.

What style or theme do you want your kitchen to reflect?

Think about the decor inside your home. Do you want to continue the same theme outdoors?

  • Is the kitchen part of a larger remodel? Do you already have the theme chosen for the rest of the remodel?
  • Who is going to use the space? Keep this in mind when choosing the colors so that everyone is happy.

Create Your Lists

The final step in brainstorming your dream kitchen is the lists. Write the lists out before meeting with your design team. They are an important starting point for the project.

  • Create a list of must-have items. These can include seating styles, grills, bar styles, lighting, and other important items.
  • Try to find examples of each item so that everyone knows what you are referring to.
  • When creating the first list, keep your budget in mind.
  • On a separate piece of paper, make a second list. This list is for items that would be nice, but are not necessary. Items here can include things like a second refrigerator, a sound system, and beer taps. Don’t restrain your mind with the budget on this list.
  • Use the second list as a guide for future purchases.

Print out a copy of both lists along with your location plans for your records.

Contact us after you brainstorm your outdoor kitchen. We will work with you to create your cooking paradise at home.