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23 Nov 2018

Backyard Remodel? Add Some Luxury to the Pool Area

Deciding to invest in a backyard remodel to expand your living space is always an exciting event.  Of course, having a pool and an outdoor seating area are often essential components of these types of remodeling projects.  However, it’s the finishing touches that can help transform a utilitarian backyard space into a truly luxurious retreat.  In this post, we will outline 3 ways to put the finishing touches on your backyard remodeling project.

Backyard Remodel?  Add Some Luxury to the Pool Area

Expand Seating Options

The typical patio area certainly includes a table and chairs, but if families really want to relax outdoors, additional seating options can help.  Consider adding pool lounges that are half submerged in water for that truly posh resort feeling.  In addition, look for areas around your pool where you can create a comfortable gathering space for those who want to relax after swimming.  Invest in some good-quality outdoor cushions and lounge pillows that can heighten the posh factor of all your seating arrangements as well.

Add an Outdoor Shower

A backyard remodel is the ideal time for homeowners to add an outdoor shower.  Extending the pool experience to the outdoor shower area not only serves a practical purpose by allowing guests to wash off after a dip in the pool, it also extends that luxurious, tropical feeling that everyone is always looking for.  An outdoor shower experience, surrounded by natural stone and wood accents, helps extend the feeling that one is truly relaxing in a natural environment.

Add Lighting Accents

The pool area is great during the daytime but it can really exude relaxation in the evening as well.  What is more relaxing after a stressful day than walking outdoors and unwinding under the soft flickering of lanterns, tree lights and wall sconces in your own backyard oasis?

If you would like more tips on how to turn your backyard into the relaxing getaway you’ve always dreamed of, please contact us!

07 Nov 2018

3 Reasons to Add a Sunken Kitchen to Your Backyard

Outdoor kitchens are a must-have addition to outdoor living spaces. Not only do they give you more options for outdoor meals during the week, they make outdoor celebrations easier on the host. But one of the favorite fads throughout 2018 is adding a sunken kitchen instead of one attached to your house, and this fad will continue well into 2019. Here are three reasons why:

3 Reasons to Add a Sunken Kitchen to Your Backyard

1. Entertaining gets a lot easier.

Even though you’re cooking and hosting, you still want to interact with your guests. When you’re in the kitchen, that means they have to come to you. But sometimes the pull of swimming leaves you a bit neglected. So move your outdoor kitchen right up against the pool. You can chat with people and keep a watchful eye on both the stove and the younger swimmers.

2. Stay hydrated and keep your phone handy.

Pools need counter space. Everyone needs a secure, water-free spot to put their cell phone, even if it’s in a waterproof case. If you’re having a party in the summer, it’s also important to have lots of drinks nearby so no one gets dehydrated. Sunken outdoor kitchens have a countertop that extends just over the water. Your guests can swim over to take a drink or check on their device for any missed messages.

3. Dimensionality improves your backyard design.

Don’t keep your swimming pool, your patio, and your outdoor kitchen all on the same level. Adding dimensions gives you more space to live and play in. It also means you can incorporate more design features like steps, fire pits, and in-pool seating.

A sunken kitchen is just one of the outdoor kitchen designs that would be a perfect fit for your backyard. Go to Varsity Pools to get started on your custom pool, patio, or outdoor kitchen.