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03 Apr 2018

A Comfortable Space for Outdoor Living

There is little in this world that is better for you than fresh air and sunlight. With the hectic schedule most of us have these days, it is harder than ever to find the time for this. That is, unless your backyard is a convenient space that invites you with its style. A well designed backyard is the new favorite room for people today. Let’s create a comfortable space for your outdoor living enjoyment.

A Comfortable Space for Outdoor Living

Designing Your Backyard

What does your ultimate outdoor living space need? This is different for each family and even each person. There are a few things that make the outdoors more comfortable for everyone. The first question to ask yourself when you start this process is: Do you want an entertaining space? Or something more cozy? Or do you need something that is good for both? Your answer shapes the design for your outdoor living space.

The second question to address is: What features do you want in your newly designed space? Obviously you will want some sort of deck, patio, or balcony that has features that invite you out. But what are those features? Cooking is popular for most people, whether that is a grill or a whole outdoor kitchen. Fire features are also a big draw, because they make even cool nights interesting. A pool adds to the ambiance of your outdoor space and provides you with refreshing cool in the heat of the summer. So what does your outdoor space need to make it your new favorite room?

Sitting Areas

This is the most important, because you won’t spend much time anywhere you can’t sit down. While there are a few people who really love sitting on the ground, the rest of us prefer some sort of chair, couch, or lounge-seat. Covered or slightly enclosed areas are good for somewhat more comfortable furnishings, while the areas out in the sunlight need more durability to withstand the elements. Sometimes the best answer is some of each, allowing for sunlight or stars to accent your experience at times, while you might prefer shade with protection from weather during other times. Remember dining when you plan your outdoor seating.

Cooking

There is something about firing up the grill on a warm Spring or Summer evening and enjoying the weather. An outdoor kitchen is so much more than this, with options available that would entice the grilling king or even the pickiest gourmet chef into the outdoors. Before you choose, consider how you cook and what you enjoy eating the most. The features should fit your family and your tastes.

Fireplace or Fire pit? 

While the fireplace is fun for summer, a fire pit is one feature that helps your backyard stay viable into the cooler months. S’mores and campfire stories are not the only reason that fire features are so nice. The crackle of the fire is mesmerizing and soothing. There is nothing as lovely as a charming evening around a fire, whether you’re roasting marshmallows with the kids or enjoying the company of friends.

Why Do We Need a Comfortable Outdoor Space?

We all know the benefits of fresh air and sunlight, but when do we take the time to enjoy the outdoors? This is often because the backyard is more of a chore than a pleasure. When we have the perfect setting for living that spills into the outdoors, we go there more often. This means we are living healthier and are happier. At  Varsity Pools, we would love to help you make your backyard into your favorite room of your house.

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.

14 Aug 2017

Building a Custom Pool That Helps You Create a Full Backyard Paradise

Pools are an important part of the summer. Whether you’re looking forward to relaxing on your own and with your family and the backyard or you plan on having frequent summer fests this season, having a custom pool in your backyard is a cool and refreshing way to spend your time. Residential pools are becoming more and more customizable: you can choose between above ground and in-ground, between different shapes, and if you want additional water features.

Building a Custom Pool That Helps You Create a Full Backyard Paradise

Swimming pool should be relaxing, and choosing a vinyl liner in-ground pool is the best option if you want to customize it at a lower cost while still getting a long-lasting, durable swimming pool that can stand up to all of the fun you plan on having in it for years to come. If you’d like to learn more about Varsity Pool’s options and installation process, please contact us here.

20 Jul 2017

4 Goals to Accomplish with a Backyard Remodeling Project

The right landscaping adds character and ambiance to your home. Backyard remodeling goes a step further by taking the space and creating something that is both functional and attractive. When planning a backyard remodel, here are four goals you should keep in mind to get the most out of your project.

4 Goals to Accomplish with a Backyard Remodeling Project

#1. Defining the purpose for your space

Are there certain things you would like to use your backyard for such as entertaining or recreation? If so, you should include them in your plans just as you would when coming up with a home building design. Have more than one purpose in mind? That’s great take advantage of decorative planters, fencing, or privacy screens to help divide your space into sections.

#2. Unifying your Landscaping

Perhaps there is no rhyme nor reason to your current landscaping. Maybe things do not flow together too well and you need them to be more harmonious. A backyard remodel can do that by adding elements such as garden walkways or new lighting to help tie everything together.

#3. Adding Symmetry and Balance

Many homeowners are unhappy with their backyards because things just feel somewhat out of whack. For example, there may be oversized trees and bushes that cover up your best architectural features, or you might have outbuildings that do not match the design of your home. All of these things can easily be corrected with the right backyard remodeling design.

#4. Accent your best features

Does your yard have unique features such as a garden pond that you would like to highlight? If so, the right remodeling scheme can bring this feature to the forefront, and could even expand on it with the use of additional landscaping, hardscaping, or lighting.

Backyard remodeling can add just as much beauty and value to your property as an interior remodeling project would. To get started on the project of your dreams, please contact us.

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.