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5 Benefits to Incorporating Stonework into Your Landscape

March 25th, 2018

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If you’re looking to dramatically enhance the natural beauty and functionality of your landscape, one solution is to incorporate stonework fixtures. From fire pits and retaining walls to patios and garden pathways, there are many ways to beautify your property in various shapes, textures and styles. Not only will your entertainment value go up, your property value will as well.

Let’s take a look at five main benefits to making stonework pieces a part of your Dallas yard.

Benefits:

1.      Weather Resistance

Let’s face it, stone is tough. Sure, it’s beautiful but at its core, it’s meant to last. With its ability to withstand a variety of weather conditions such as rain and intense heat, stone has an innate ability to look Mother Nature in the face and scoff. It’s less likely to move and shift with changing moisture levels, and many types even resist fading from UV rays, which is important in sunny locales like Dallas.

2.      Curb Appeal

Nothing says class like stone pathways, outdoor kitchens and water features. Even a well-placed retaining wall adds visual appeal and helps with erosion at the same time, while tidying up the space and lending an unparalleled beauty to your home, says Southern Hospitality. A curbside facelift is always money well spent, whether you’re preparing to sell your home, increase your equity value or just for your own enjoyment.

3.      Flexibility

By installing one piece of stonework, you are paving the way (literally)for other features down the line. Adding on other stone hardscape elements such as waterfalls, ponds and fountains adds a longevity and uniformity that can continue to evolve your landscape for many years to come. This gives you the option of choosing just one element now, such as a fire feature, with the ability to add on later when your budget allows, such as expanding to a complete outdoor kitchen.

4.      Eco-Friendly

Because stone is a natural product, it’s inherently earth-friendly, offering a variety of attractive attributes for those who value the environment. From an enduring lifecycle to recyclability, the use of natural stone puts control in your hands for embracing your own natural environment. This is the ultimate way to conserve resources, prevent pollution and minimize waste through eco-friendly green building, says the Natural Stone Council.

5.      Cost Effective

Depending on the type of stone you choose, many options are more affordable than you may think. But aside from initial cost, natural stone is actually quite affordable to maintain and clean. And with less long-term maintenance to worry about, as compared with, say, wooden features, you won’t have to spend a lot of your time worrying about cleaning. Occasional sweeping and washing is all that is needed.

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Whether you want to create a cozy outdoor ambience with the addition of a fire pit or to add a beautiful accent or retaining wall, contact us at 214-328-5296. Thepossibilitiesareendlesswhenitcomestonaturalstone, soletuscreateanoutdoorlivingspacethatwilllastthetestoftime.

 

 

How to Choose the Right Materials for Your Patio

February 28th, 2018

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A patio is a special place, a reprieve from the stresses of the day. You may head out to your patio after work with a glass of wine and a good book before dinner. Other times, it may become the bustling gathering spot for entertaining friends. Whatever the case, the material you use for your patio can make all the difference in its durability, functionality and beauty. Let’s look into the different materials you can use to enhance your outdoor living space.

Materials

Concrete

Plain poured concrete can be pretty boring, but if you add a pattern or dye it a complementary color, you can increase its aesthetic appeal greatly. It’s an affordable, versatile solution but it does come with some maintenance issues. You’ll have to seal it and reapply the coating every couple of years so the color doesn’t fade. Concrete is prone to cracking over time, plus the color can wear off in high traffic areas, points out HGTV.

Natural Stone

From flagstone and slate to bluestone and limestone, the possibilities are endless when it comes to selecting the perfect type of natural stone for your patio. Natural stone is certainly beautiful and adds a certain natural charm to any space, but it can get expensive. This is because it has to be quarried and trucked in, which tacks on transportation costs. It also takes more expertise and time for installation due to the varying thicknesses. If wondering which type of natural stone to go with, take a look at your house first. For example, if your home features limestone materials, use that same material for your patio.

Brick

For a charming Old World look, brick can’t be beat. But while it lends a beautiful historical vibe to outdoor spaces, this material isn’t easy to maintain. Not only is brick porous so it retains moisture, it can crack over time and grow moss that can only be removed with bleach and some elbow grease. Even if your patio doesn’t see a lot of shade, moss can still be a problem.

Pavers

Pavers are extremely versatile because they come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and patterns. Thanks to their modular composition, each paver has the same thickness so installation is easy, saving you time and money. You can even create circular patterns that give a rounded curve to your patio — a conversation piece for sure.

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Tips for Selecting Materials

Before you can decide on any of the above, you need to consider what use or look you’re going for. Ask yourself these questions:
  • Do you want something eco-friendly?
  • Is affordability the most important quality?
  • Will the patio be surrounding a pool? If so, slip-resistant materials should be first on your list.
  • What level of maintenance are you willing to undergo?
  • Which material complements your home the best?

Patio paving can be one of the bigger expenses when creating an outdoor living space. If cost is an issue, consider using a more affordable material for most of the patio and use the more costly natural stone as an accent border or design, suggests the Landscaping Network.

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7 Things to Consider When Adding a Fence in Dallas

January 23rd, 2018

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As a Dallas home owner, you may be considering a fence to add value, beauty, security and privacy to your property. Before you do, consider these important factors, ranging from practicality of materials to current fence laws in Dallas, when it comes to your fence installation needs.

1. Type:

Why do you want a fence? If it’s strictly for function — say, to keep your pets in the yard — a chain link fence would be fine. But if you’re going for privacy or aesthetics, perhaps something taller, made of cedar, with solid panels would be in order. Yes, a fence can achieve many things, but the first step is to consider your primary motivation and work outward from there.

2. Material:

A white picket fence is the dream of many a homeowner. While it may look gorgeous with your cute little ranch or Colonial, you should think about the time commitment involved with maintenance. Are you prepared to seal, paint or stain it every few years to guard against peeling paint and rot? If you still insist on the charm and natural beauty of a wooden picket fence, that’s great. But if you know you won’t have the time or patience for upkeep, perhaps a vinyl option would be more suited to you. You’ll still get the great look without all the hassle.

3. Research the neighborhood:

Before installing a fence of any kind, check with your homeowners or neighborhood associations. Many of these organizations have contracts in place that dictate the look, height, and material of any fences installed within the neighborhood.

4. Check with town hall:

Likewise, your town or city may have rules regarding how far a fence must be set back from sidewalks and property lines. You’ll also have to find out if you will need a building permit. For example, in Dallas, a fence permit is required when installing a fence or wall that exceeds four feet in height in a front yard, and more than six feet tall elsewhere on the property. There may be other requirements if your home sits in a flood plain area, conservation district or historic district. Be sure to check with your town before starting your project.

5. Don’t forget entrances:

A fenced-in area should have at least two entrance points. One should be large enough to fit bulky equipment such as patio furniture, garbage barrels and lawn mowers. Use stepping stones, pergolas and decorative stone pathways to indicate these entrance points.

6. Accents:

Once your fence has been installed, it’s time to consider how you will dress up the area. Usually, just a fence alone can look plain. Consider adding decorative posts, finials, archways, flower beds, gardens and shrubbery to accent the fence and really bring out your style.

7. Cost:

If you can’t afford the cost of outfitting the entire perimeter in cedar, for example, you may consider using this material for the front and sides, and chain link for the back yard portion that may sit against the woods or some shrubs. This will save you on installation costs, as well as maintenance tasks because you won’t have to stain or paint as much material, points out Better Homes and Gardens.

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8 Wow-Worthy Hardscaping Ideas

January 8th, 2018

Making the outdoors an extension of your home using strategic hardscaping solutions has never been easier. Embracing your home’s style starts with a carefully crafted landscape featuring both natural and man-made elements. From fireplaces to arbors, hardscaping balances the vegetation of your landscape with carefully crafted architectural features.

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Here are some ideas to incorporate:

1. Sunken Garden: Like a hidden oasis in your backyard, a sunken garden gives the illusion of solitude and solace highlighted by a one-of-a-kind copper kettle water feature flanked by stucco perimeter walls. Because proper drainage in a sunken garden is key, installation must be performed by an experienced professional.

2. Fire Feature: A unique fireplace, fire pit or fire feature can transform any outdoor living space from ho-hum to fabulous. Whether you’re trading stories on a cool evening or roasting marshmallows on a summer night, a custom fireplace coupled with stonework walls and even benches can provide the perfect gathering spot for family and friends.

3. Arches, pergolas and pavilions: Enhance the beauty of your patio or garden by incorporating an archway covered with creeping fig vines balanced by a neutral stone patio. A pergola offers partial shade and a nice architectural element, or perhaps you want to try a circular or pentagon shaped gazebo with open or screened-in sides. Either way, you have the perfect strategy for entertaining friends or just sitting in the backyard with a book and a cold drink.

4. Giant chessboard: If you have always had a fantasy of having an oversized chess board in your yard, it’s easier than you think when you have pros on the job. Channel your inner Alice in Wonderland with stone crowns atop columns leading the way to a giant chess board constructed of prefab 2×2 concrete squares with exposed pebbles. Flanked by red roses on one side and white roses on the other, this look can be finished off with an ornate stone loveseat for sitting and thinking of the next move.

5. Bridge over water: If you get a kick out of walking on water, try a unique take on a custom pool that uses a concrete bridge to link one patio to another. A key part of knowing how to best blend hardscaping and landscape design is determining how you will navigate the space, says HGTV.

6. Walls and seating: Who says your patio has to be one open space? Place low walls strategically to divide the space at just the right height for seating. Try a bluestone cap topping fieldstone walls for a smooth, comfortable surface.

7. Define an area: Hardscaping doesn’t have to be big or functional. It can be used to define a specific area, such as a patio or garden. For a minimalist yet impactful look, line your brownstone garden with a bluestone border to delineate the formal lawn from the rest of the space.

8. Switch up your stonework: Patio flooring doesn’t have to be uniform. Define each area with a different type of flooring, such as New England fieldstone in one, antique cobblestone in another and reclaimed granite for steps and pillars.

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Glass Pool Fencing and Railing: Daydreaming About Your Dream Pool

December 5th, 2017

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Do you find yourself daydreaming about the pool and surrounding landscape you’d like to have someday? Well, why put it off? Now’s the prefect time to start planning your glass pool fencing and railing.

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make a luxurious addition to your pool area. They pull double duty: they keep children and pets out of the pool area when not in use but they also provide a beautiful fencing option that allows for an unobstructed view. There are many reasons why you would install a glass fence:

  • To protect your garden from animals
  • To provide a railing around open decks or patios
  • To add a barrier around your property without blocking the view

This elegant safety barrier solution enhances the beauty and value of your home, reflecting the latest trends in design. For example, this type of fencing would complement a modern home the best. You can choose from fences that are mounted to concrete, pavement, tiles, wood, or grass. Whether for new construction or renovations, glass fences are built for performance, even though they may look fragile. Typically constructed from premium 1/2” thick tempered safety glass and stainless steel hardware, you don’t have to worry about your fence weathering the storms that come through Dallas regularly.

Benefits of Glass Fencing

There are many benefits to installing glass fencing around your pool area, including:

  • Ability to stand up to the most extreme weather
  • Resistant to water spots and corrosion
  • Low maintenance
  • Durable
  • Able to maintain beauty for many years
  • Ability to mount to a variety of materials, from concrete and tiles to wood and grass
  • Uninterrupted view

Perhaps the best for family fun, glass fences allow you a nice view of your backyard and surrounding landscape, which means you can also easily keep an eye on your kids if they decide to leave the pool area and hop on the swing set or picnic table. Glass fences have panels that are climb-resistant, usually available in four- or five-foot heights. Glass pool gates comes with self-closing hinges and latches for added safety. So, if you assume just because you have kids and pets that you’re stuck with mesh, chain link or white vinyl fencing, think again. Glass fencing is just as safe, if not more so.

Balconies and More

Frameless glass fencing isn’t just for pool areas. You can install them anywhere you want to maintain a consistent style and view, such as on a balcony, patio or deck. In these instances, you can choose from a spectrum of glass railing systems that meet stringent guardrail safety requirements and building codes, such as:

  • Fully Frameless Railing
  • Aluminum Post Railing
  • Stainless Steel Post Railing

Costs

Because you’re getting a highly weather- and rot-resistant product that offers you a slew of benefits as discussed above, you’ll pay more than you would for wood fencing. However, glass fencing is designed to last a lifetime, with no replacement costs. There are many things that factor into cost, such as the thickness of the glass. The thicker you go, the more expensive the materials will be, says Improvenet.

Another factor that ups the price tag is how many gates you want to install as part of your fence. The more gates, the more money. That’s because the gates require special materials and hardware.

Labor also plays into the cost. Don’t try to save a few bucks and hire someone who’s not licensed and insured. It’s best to pay a bit more and make sure the work is backed up by someone who knows what they’re doing. Ask about warranties that come with the glass fence too.

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Still daydreaming about those glass fences for your pool? Choose Outdoor Home Living to do the work, as our licensed and insured contractors are well versed in this type of fencing system. Contact us at 214-328-5296 to learn how we can bring your daydreams to life.

5 Benefits of Water Features to Your Landscape

November 3rd, 2017

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Running water can have a calming effect. You know this if you ever spent time near a pool with a fountain, or a waterfall, or the ocean…you get the idea. Well, you could incorporate a water feature into your own yard and it wouldn’t cost a fortune. You can get as simple or elaborate as you want — no trip to the waterfalls of Hawaii required! It’s time to add some natural features to your backyard to truly turn it into the oasis you’ve always wanted. Here are some benefits to adding water features in your landscape.

1. Sounds of Nature:

You work hard all week. You just want to come home and sit in your backyard with a cold drink and a good book. You don’t want to have to travel all the time to witness the awe of nature. So why not make nature come to you? Relax with the soothing sounds of nature to reset your body and reduce your stress level.

2. Ecosystem enhancement:

Water not only attracts humans, it attracts animals as well. When you install a water feature in your yard, you’ll start to see some visitors coming by for a visit. Local wildlife like deer and birds will be attracted to the sound and temptation of drinking or bathing water. Your yard is now a haven for beautiful wildlife, which enhances your local ecosystem. Get out your camera and get ready to snap some pictures of your new friends. Plus, use this as an educational opportunity for your kids, says Gardenerdy. In addition to wildlife, your plants will flourish too.

3. Low maintenance:

Compared with other backyard enhancements, such as swimming pools, pondless water features give you all the benefits of natural surroundings without the hassle and stress of cleaning and maintenance. Perhaps you would like a wall fountain or maybe a cascading, rushing waterfall is more your speed. When you have water features that are constantly circulating, bacteria has a very tough time growing and accumulating. These types of water features are also safer if you have pets and small children who could otherwise fall in and drown with a stagnant pool of water.

4. Unique Landscape:

Water features ensure no one else in your neighborhood offers quite the same experience as you do. By designing your own system, you can get as creative as you want and it won’t look like everybody else’s. You can design hand-carved rocks, for instance, to complete your waterfall, or add natural stepping stones to complete your serene water garden.

5. Adaptation:

Even if you don’t have a large backyard, you can still make use of the space you have with an adaptable water feature. When you have a professional on your side who can design a unique pondless water element, you can make a big impact in a small area. You can tuck it away into a corner of your property as part of your garden, or you can have it front and center near your patio and pool. Got an awkward space? A water feature can be adapted to fit just about anywhere. And if you have always wanted to make better use of a poorly-used area of your yard, this is the perfect solution.

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Your Fall Dallas Landscaping Checklist

October 9th, 2017

 

It’s that time of year again: prepping your lawn for the upcoming winter. There’s lots to be done this fall in order to ensure your landscape makes it through the colder months. That’s because cooling temperatures slow above-ground growth, with moister soil encouraging strong root development, says This Old House. Here’s a handy Fall Dallas Landscaping Checklist to keep you on track.

 

Prune trees and shrubs:

This is an important step in fall landscaping so as to encourage growth next season. However, put off doing any major re-shaping til the dormant season, advises the Dallas County Master Gardener Association. Remove leftover annuals from the summer and get the dead blooms off the warm-season perennials. You can wait till later this season to re-shape those overgrown perennials.

Plant perennials right for your zone: Consider Mexican mint marigold, Mexican bush sage, purple coneflower, yellowbells and autumn sage. By planting these in the fall, you’re allowing them to establish deeper and healthier roots over the cooler months. As such, you’ll enjoy a more robust growth come spring.

Dig up and divide perennials: Sometimes it’s good to give your perennials some much-needed breathing room, like daylilies, cannas, wood ferns, violets, Shasta daisies and bearded irises. These tend to form large clumps or bulbs when left alone too long.

Keep an eye out for insects: Specifically, scale insects like hollies, euonymus and camellias. If you have a St. Augustine lawn, look out for brown spots, using fungicide if needed.

Relocate potted plants indoors but check for insects first. You don’t want those to breed indoors.

Rake leaves as they drop rather than wait till you have a bed of them covering your lawn. This can attract bugs and disease. You can use shredded leaves in your mulch or just add them to your compost pile.

Refrigerate tulips and Dutch hyacinths by late October, which will give them two full months of prep before you have to plant in late December.

Aerate your lawn: Soil gets compressed over time, which prevents nutrients from getting through. Use a garden fork or aerator for this job, depending on how big your yard is.

Plant trees now, not in spring: Most people mistakenly think spring is the best time to plant trees but actually autumn is. That’s because trees planted now will get a head start on establishing good roots before summer returns next year, says Dallas News.

Fertilize the lawn: Texas Home and Garden recommends using a lawn fertilizer with a ratio of 3:2:1 or 4:2:1 of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Figure about one pound for every 1,000 square feet of grass. Don’t over-fertilize; read the package instructions before attempting. Make sure you give your lawn a good soaking right afterwards. Avoid using a winterizing fertilizer until early November.

Plant some herbs: Now is the perfect time to plant an herbal garden. Include anything from dill and fennel to parsley and cilantro. Even thyme, oregano and rosemary are great additions.

Mow one last time: Trim your grass to about an inch and a quarter to close out the mowing season. This will make it harder for disease to attach to the grass. Just don’t trim too much or you’ll compromise its food production.

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3 Summer Landscape Design Trends

August 21st, 2017

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It’s summer in Dallas and you’re looking to spice things up in your front yard. How can you stand out and do something a bit different than everyone else? It’s time to incorporate some trendy summer design residential landscaping ideas into your property. Here are three helpful tips.

1. Color Blocking

We’ve been seeing this trend in women’s fashion for the past two seasons. It seems natural to make the cross-over into landscape design. At the heart of color blocking is the ability to utilize bold blocks of color to turn nature into an eye-catching piece of art. You can achieve this with anything from backyard fences to concrete patios — basically anything that creates visual interest can transform a ho-hum yard into an amazing modern outdoor space. Backed by detailed craft work and over-sized motifs, you can achieve color blocking in a myriad ways. Color-blocked patio walls are all the rage right now, all part of a movement to frame or highlight a specific plant or area. Even a simple splash of color on a wall can provide the perfect backdrop for a row of potted plants or form the backdrop for an outdoor sofa, says Garden Design Magazine. Don’t have a wall to paint? Throw down a solid-color outdoor rug or porch curtains to achieve the same effect.

2. Go Hyperlocal

Locally sourced plants are hot in garden design, not just with native plants but endemic plants as well — also known as plants native to a particular ecosystem. More and more garden designers in Central Texas say they are planting more and more of these hyperlocal plants, which can be hard to come by in local nurseries. This necessitates the transplanting of existing plants and the sourcing of building materials hyperlocally. Put simply, you can use existing rocks and create posts from on-site junipers in a pinch. This regionalistic approach to landscape design takes into account the surrounding climate, particularly as it relates to climate change. The challenge here is to achieve a balance between natural elements and human use.

3. Using Plants That Thrive

Dallas can go a long time without seeing rain, which can really put a damper on your landscape design. By using drought-resistant plants, you can ensure a beautiful-looking yard throughout the year. Even when the rain is scarce and the heat is relentless, plants like Black-Eyed Susans, Zinnias, Madagascar Periwinkle, Portulaca and blanket flower can brighten up your outdoor decor. Edge your lawn, top your retaining wall or fill your window boxes with vibrant purple verbena or Mealycup Sage, which is not only native to Texas but also attracts beautiful butterflies to its long blooms, says Southern Living.

In terms of the lawns themselves, more and more Dallas homeowners are forgoing the traditional neatly manicured lawns that are so dependent on rain in favor of grass mixes that don’t require mowing. Even native turfgrass and taller, prairie-type mixes are being seen on lawns across the area. Artificial turf is also making the scene for its easy maintenance.

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How to step up your Dallas landscaping this summer

July 26th, 2017

As a homeowner, you know you’re facing a long summer of watering and mowing the lawn. That’s all well and good, but there are other things you can do to step up your game this summer in terms of landscaping. Once you’ve got the lawn down pat, make your yard realize its potential with a few structural additions, stone pathways, gardens, and other visual pops of interest that are sure to add value and curb appeal. We can help you be the envy of your neighborhood with these tips.

Make a Path

Whether meandering or streamlined, pathways add a clearly defined structure to your yard. It doesn’t have to lead to anywhere special. It could guide guests to your front door or maybe to a side-yard garden area with bench. Or maybe down to a babbling brook in your backyard. It could even lead to a patio area or hammock for restful summer reading. Country Living suggests lining your pathways with lavender, which is virtually indestructible, is available in several beautiful shades, and is resistant to the curiosity of nature’s creatures such as deer.

Another way to welcome people to your home is to add a white picket fence with country garden gate. Go one step further and add fragrant star jasmine over the top as a climbing vine. A rustic looking patio off to the side completes the look. Add thyme in between irregularly shaped stones for a cottage country look. Boxwood hedges add even more charm to your pathways, whether you want them rounded, squared off, or snaked through other types of borders.

Add Accessories

Even a lush green lawn needs something to help it stand out against the expanse of your yard. Arbors, pavilions and pergolas are a perfect way to complement your yard and add visual interest. It’s easy to dress up your home and outdoor living space with these items while expressing your personal style. Add value to your property as well as curb appeal with a custom-built arbor structure, pavilion or pergola. They all provide some degree of shade. Which one you choose will depend on your lifestyle. If you want partial shade, a pergola or arbor is wise; if you want full shade, go with a pavilion. A pavilion offers you more entertaining space because of the shade provided, so it’s perfect for adding a full patio set, outdoor furniture or picnic table under. As such, pavilions are more functional.

On the other hand, an arbor or pergola offers more of a visual appeal that doesn’t provide much recreational space but can certainly make for beautiful pictures. Intertwine vines and flowers around these structures for a charming way to welcome people to your garden, small sitting area, bench or pathway.

Gazebos are another option to consider. Best for larger spaces, gazebos are the ultimate destination for family photos through all seasons. From circular to pentagon, you can choose one with a roof and open or screened-in sides. Make it your personal retreat at night to have a glass of wine and socialize with the neighbors.

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Kick your grilling game up a notch with outdoor kitchens

June 9th, 2017

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With summer just about here, you’re probably spending more and more time outside near your pool and patio. If you’re lucky enough to have the space, it’s time to invest in an outdoor kitchen. If you entertain a lot, you likely get tired of cooking inside, missing all the good conversation, and carrying all the food and condiments outside to the patio area — then do it all again in reverse when everyone’s done. By the time you get to the party, everyone’s ready to leave!

Keep up with all the action when you put an outdoor kitchen in your backyard. Prep, grill, serve and enjoy all in one spot with your family and guests. Check out these cool ideas to kick your grilling game up a notch this summer.

Pool, Pergola and Pizza

A wood fired grill partially shaded by a beautifully crafted pergola, backdropped by your crystal clear pool makes the perfect backyard scene. Incorporate an authentic wood-fired pizza oven that gives you the power to make your hand-made pizza just the way you like it. In fact, it’s the perfect excuse to have a pizza party with friends. They can add their cheese and toppings, you can place it in the oven, then serve up the cheesy goodness as you enjoy the view of your pool.

Go with the Flow

The trend right now is to extend the living room or family room into the backyard, with a flowing transitional concept that ties indoor and outdoor spaces together as part of a seamless atmosphere, says the LA Times. And, advances in technology allow you to keep things cold outside so you don’t have to run back and forth for ice or other cold items. Refrigeration units that would fail five years ago if the temperature got above 90 are now able to thrive in 115-degree conditions.

Year-Round Comfort

For those chilly nights where a sweatshirt is in order, no need to head inside if you have built-in heaters overhead or even in the floors. For even heat distribution, you can’t go wrong with luxuries in heating so that no night is off limits outside when Mother Nature doesn’t want to cooperate.

Versatile Grilling Options

Sometimes you just want to try a different way of grilling. For that, incorporate a cast-iron flat-topped grill that mimics the ease of a teppanyaki grill. Nothing falls through the cracks and you get an even grilling surface every time. When you want to get back to basics, do it with a modern twist. Invest in a wi-fi smart grill so you can control your cooking while you sit and enjoy a drink with friends. Not only can you fire up the grill remotely, you can also check the temperature, keep track of time, and monitor sensors — all with an app from your smart phone.

Consider layout of your outdoor kitchen, too. You want to incorporate areas where you can sit and enjoy the food you cook, as well as rest a drink or plate while you socialize. What good is it if you have a grill, pizza oven, and beer on tap if you have nowhere to set things?

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For convenience and comfort, choose Outdoor Home Living as your premier provider of comprehensive outdoor kitchens that truly complement your life. Contact us at 214-328-5296 to learn how we can make your backyard kitchen ideas come to life.