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25 May 2018

5 Reasons to Add an Outdoor Kitchen to Your Backyard

Do you want to spruce up your backyard? If you enjoy entertaining, or just spending time outside, an outdoor kitchen is a great investment. Here are some of the reasons you should consider an outdoor kitchen for your home.

5 Reasons to Add an Outdoor Kitchen to Your Backyard

An outdoor kitchen makes entertaining a breeze. It’s frustrating to host a backyard party, only to constantly run back and forth to the kitchen. With an outdoor kitchen, you can socialize with your guests and enjoy the outdoors while you cook. Your guests might even pitch in with the preparations.

Expand your home’s living space. If you enjoy entertaining, but don’t have a lot of room, an outdoor kitchen gives your guests a perfect place to relax. Create a backyard oasis that the whole family will enjoy.

An outdoor kitchen can increase the value of your home. An outdoor kitchen is an attractive feature to many homebuyers. Adding an outdoor kitchen will make your home stand out to potential buyers. Outdoor kitchens have a higher rate of return on investment than other outdoor improvements. A well-made outdoor kitchen is an investment you will enjoy for years to come.

An outdoor kitchen provides a convenient way to enjoy healthy meals. Grilling is one of the most healthy methods of cooking. Unwanted fat drips off of meat as it’s grilled. Grilled food tastes delicious and is lower in calories from fat. Cooking outside also prevents cooking odors from lingering inside your house.

Save money on utility bills. When you prepare meals in your kitchen, the indoor temperature increases several degrees, especially if you are using your oven. This causes your air conditioner to work overtime to cool your home. Using your outdoor kitchen will save energy, lowering your utility costs.

Are you ready to invest in an outdoor kitchen for your home? Contact us at Varsity Pools today.

11 May 2018

Top 3 Things to Consider As You Plan A Custom Pool

Do you have a property that is a blank canvas? Create your dream staycation by adding a custom pool into your yard. No, not every pool is cookie cutter. Rather, custom jobs are for you and your family to bring a dream to life. When you are dreaming of your design keep the following in mind.

Top 3 Things to Consider As You Plan A Custom Pool

Your Budget and Time Frame

  • Before you consider creating the pool of your dreams, you need to check your finances. Set a firm budget before you start the project. This helps determine exactly what dream we can fulfill with your budget. It also keeps you focused on what you want in the space.
  • The second most important aspect is your timeline. Do you have a strict deadline for your party? For example, are you hosting an important family event where you want your pool to star? Let your consultant know.

The Location of Your Pool

Once the formal stuff is out of the way, it’s on to the fun stuff.

  • Where do you want your pool located on your property? Consider the size of what you are dreaming as you choose the location.
  • Do you want it close to your outdoor kitchen?
  • Are there areas you want to avoid in the yard because of natural concerns?
  • If you are unable to decide on one location, make a list of your top three favorite spots. Ask your family for their input. You can also ask us our opinion!

How does it fit in with the rest of the yard?

When you are dreaming of your custom pool, step back and consider your entire yard.

  • How will the pool fit in with the feel of the yard?
  • Is it going to be a focal point for a blank canvas?
  • Do you need to keep a specific style in mind?
  • Are you going to have vegetation nearby? If so, what types of flowers and other vegetation do you want around your pool and deck?

Are you already picturing the first pool party around your custom pool? Contact us today to start the process of turning your dreams into reality. We look forward to creating your custom staycation dream pool.