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18 Jan 2018

It Is Time for a Backyard Remodel

Winter is not the time you think about using the backyard much, which is why it is a great time for considering that perfect backyard remodel. Next spring, when it is time for outdoor fun, you will have the outdoor space that is just right for you and your family.

It Is Time for a Backyard Remodel

Planning

The first part in creating your perfect outdoor living and entertaining area is in deciding what it is you love doing. There are many options in outdoor living, from swimming to gardening, from cooking, grilling, and entertaining to enjoying peace and solitude. We all know how beneficial fresh air and sunlight are for us, but we usually don’t spend enough time outdoors. The more you love your backyard, the more time you will spend there.

Features

Swimming pools, hot tubs, and decorative concrete patios are all examples of wonderful outdoor features. However, some people prefer an outdoor kitchen, built-in bar-b-que, and a party sized deck with a large dining area. Others want a lovely garden with a winding path replete with benches for enjoying every delightful spot. These are just a few, and the idea is to mix and match your perfect features. If you like and have enough space, you can even have all of them.

Finishing Touches

As you plan out your beautiful back yard, don’t forget about lighting and shade features that add to your overall enjoyment of your outdoor living space. Choose a color scheme for your seating areas that works well with the rooms of your home that look out over and exit to your patio or deck. Add finishing touches, that will make the area feel like a part of your home.

For more information on how you can have your perfect backyard, contact us at Varsity Pools, today.

09 Jan 2018

How to Winterize Your Outdoor Kitchen

Winter doesn’t mean the end of backyard parties, but it does mean you might have fewer of them. Protecting elements of your outdoor kitchen during the coldest part of the year, whether you plan on waiting until spring to use it again or there might just be a longer break between outdoor get-togethers, can help protect your investment from damage and keep everything in good repair for the next time you use it. Here are a few tips to keep everything in top condition:

How to Winterize Your Outdoor Kitchen

  • Don’t cover or seal everything. While covering the countertops and the more fragile feature can protect them from the occasional ice storm, you don’t want to cover anything that has moisture. Refrigerators, ice makers, and sink faucets should not be covered: they can collect moisture that leads to mold and mildew if there is no way for the excess water to dissipate. Make sure you have a dedicated storage space to the covers that came with your kitchen and contact the manufacturer before covering anything that didn’t come with weather protection.
  • Instead, winterize your machines. Make sure the water and power to your outdoor refrigerator and ice maker are off so water doesn’t freeze and expand in their pipes and near the machinery. Then be sure both are completely empty and give them one last cleaning until the spring.
  • Scrub the grill and stove top. If you know New Year’s Eve was the last outdoor party you’re likely to have for a while, make sure to de-grease the grill and turn off the gas.

Using your outdoor kitchen isn’t a summer-only way to have fun, but getting your kitchen ready for winter if you expect to not use it can save you time and effort in the spring. Winter can also be the perfect time to add features and build up your outdoor kitchen. Contact Varsity Pools here for more information.