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30 Oct 2017

How Can An Outdoor Kitchen Make Hosting Parties Easier?

Having a swimming pool will bring over friends and family for a fun afternoon, and you can also relax anytime you want just by stepping outside. But you can make your backyard even more of an oasis for yourself and your friends by adding an outdoor kitchen into the mix.

How Can An Outdoor Kitchen Make Hosting Parties Easier?

How can you better entertain with an outdoor kitchen?

  • Have people join the fun of cooking. Whether people gather around the kitchen to customize a pizza, take turns showing off at the barbeque, or come chat with the chef, having an outdoor kitchen is a great way to make people feel even more connected.
  • You spend less time going back and forth for supplies. If you’ve ever hosted a backyard party, you know far too much of your time will be spent coming back and forth from the kitchen as you grab refills, start cooking, or bring out another set of plates. But with an outdoor kitchen, you can assemble everything ahead of time outdoors and do your cooking there so you don’t’ miss your own party.
  • An outdoor kitchen encourages more gatherings at home. Instead of going out for a pricey meal with a large group, you can host a backyard barbeque or a potluck. Adding a backyard kitchen means that everything you need for a fantastic day — a pool for swimming, a kitchen for preparing food and socializing, and plenty of places for people to gather — is right in your backyard.

Being able to cook and prepare food without leaving the backyard during special occasions and parties will quickly make hosting events in your backyard much simple and more fun. Whether you want a backyard kitchen for outdoor family dinners or you want it for larger get-togethers, contact Varsity Pools here for a consultation and estimate.

13 Oct 2017

Fire Elements, Which is a Better Fit For Your Yard?

Having a place where people can gather and talk at the end of a day full of swimming is great for the spring, summer, and fall, and adding an element of heat to your backyard also makes in the perfect gathering place for warding off the winter chill. But would a fire pit be a good fit for your backyard, or is a fireplace a better choice? Here are a few factors to keep in mind when deciding which is the better fit.

Fire Elements, Which is a Better Fit For Your Yard?

  • How big is your yard? Either fixture can find a place to call home in your yard, but make sure you have enough space for your grill and furniture. Test it out by blocking off different dimensions and seeing what you like best.
  • How much heat do you want? If you plan on having larger groups of friends and family over, that not only impacts which one would be the best fit, it also changes how large the fixture should be. Fireplaces can better block the wind and result in a warmer, cozier corner, but more people can easily gather around a fire pit.
  • How controlled does the smoke need to be? If you have allergies or sensitivity to smoke, a fireplace is designed to channel that smoke away from you. On the other hand, that smoke helps keep bugs from joining you, so a fire pit might be the right choice.

Choosing between a fire pit and a fireplace depends on your property, your preferences, and what you want you backyard to look like as a finished product. No matter which option you choose, there’s nothing like sitting by a warm fire any season of the year. If you’ve made up your mind, contact Varsity Pools here and we’ll get started.