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20 Feb 2018

How to Keep Your Backyard Ready for Winter Parties

Winter is usually the time when people close down their backyards and go inside for parties and entertaining visitors. But adding backyard features that not only survive through the cold but are perfect for winter parties can be a great way to make use of all of your backyard space. Here’s how:

How to Keep Your Backyard Ready for Winter Parties

  • Build a sheltered nook for an outdoor fireplace. There’s nothing better than a crackling fire for keeping the cold of late winter at bay, and getting a patio with a walled corner can help ward off the wind, too. An outdoor fireplace can help provide a passive conversation piece and active heating so you can have family and friends over for casual conversation that doesn’t revolve around a screen. A fireplace can also provide novel meals and appetizers: set up a bar for s’mores so people can roast marshmallows over the fire and get a small taste of winter camping.
  • Construct a kitchen that’s fit for winter. Many outdoor and patio kitchens are packed up and made dormant over the winter. While part of this is to prevent water damage from unused pipes and to lengthen the life of cooking equipment that can’t sit in the outdoors unused, you don’t have to have a kitchen that’s restricted to the summer months. Find a company that can equip your outdoor kitchen with hardy, winter-ready appliances, and ask about cook tops that, even if you have to take them inside for most of the winter, can easily be set up and used at a moment’s notice.

Renovating your backyard shouldn’t just improve your summers. Go to Varsity Pools with outdoor features that can make your yard a warm winter wonderland.

25 Nov 2017

An Outdoor Fireplace Can Help You Enjoy Your Lawn All Year Long

Right now, when you think about spending time outdoors, you might think about doing so during the spring and summer. You might really look forward to when the weather warms up and you’re able to spend more time in your outdoor living space, but the good news is that you can quite easily start enjoying your lawn for much more of the year. To do so, consider installing an outdoor fireplace.

An Outdoor Fireplace Can Help You Enjoy Your Lawn All Year Long

First of all, an outdoor fireplace can look great and can help you set the mood in your outdoor living space. This is not the only benefit, however. For those who would love to be able to enjoy the crisp fall nights and even the winter weather from the comfort of the outdoors, an outdoor fireplace can be a lifesaver.

With an outdoor fireplace, you can quickly warm up your outdoor living space and make it a whole lot cozier. This means that you don’t have to stop hanging out or entertaining outdoors just because the temperatures drop a little bit. Instead, you can fire up your outdoor fireplace to make your outdoor living space a whole lot warmer.

If you feel as if you aren’t enjoying your outdoor living space as much as you should be and if you’d love to start spending more time outdoors all year long, contact us at Varsity Pools. Not only can we help you create an outdoor living space that you can enjoy during the warm months, but we can also help you make changes to help you and your family enjoy the outdoors during the cooler months as well.

11 Aug 2017

Stay Safe With Your Outdoor Fireplace This Summer

There are many forms of safe backyard fire, from the grill to the firepit but by far the safest way to keep a fire near your home is the outdoor fireplace. Set in a foundation, the enclosing stones or bricks will become pleasantly warm to the touch without risking the surface burns or upsets brought by portable fire stands. However, as with all fires safety is still important. Here are a few quick tips to a safe summer with your outdoor fireplace.Stay Safe With Your Outdoor Fireplace This Summer

Tip 1: Choose a Safe Location and Keep It Safe

When choosing the placement of your outdoor fireplace, it’s important to consider how it will factor into your existing outdoor environment. Unlike open fires, they are safe to attach or place near your home, as long as the chimney is kept clear. Make sure to keep the space above your chimney clear of overhanging tree branches as well. The location of your pool or backyard spa should also factor in so that family and guests will automatically gravitate to the fireplace for warmth after an evening swim or soak in the spa.

2: Keep a Bucket of Water Nearby

Remember that with any fire, this is an important rule. You never know when it might be necessary to put the fire out or stop a fire from spreading. Dr. Flue advises that you “keep a working hose or fire extinguisher nearby whenever the fireplace is in use” Even if you have a swimming pool nearby, make sure to water ready at a moment’s notice.

3: Never Leave Your Fire Unattended

Fires are not entirely predictable things, nor do you have absolute control over activities in your backyard. Leaving any fire unattended should be avoided. If today is the day the wind blows a sheet off some clothes line directly into your fireplace, you’ll be glad to have been present and ready with that extinguisher or bucket of water.

With fire safety in mind, you are now ready to lounge on, dine around and swim near your beautiful built-in outdoor fireplace. Don’t have one yet? Contact our expert team of backyard architects at Varsity Pools and Patios for a consultation. We love to hear from you!