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Outdoor living in your own backyard!

Whether your backyard is designed for entertaining a crowd or just relaxing here are a few top backyard transformations for Outdoor Living.

Outdoor Kitchen:  Extend your outdoor living and entertaining space with an outdoor kitchen. Think about your needs and the site when planning the project. You should include electrical, plumbing and gas. Water is optional, but most outdoor kitchen designers suggest including a sink in your plans. If you’re planning to install a grill, make sure that it is well-lit so you can see what you’re grilling.  An alternative to a grill is a wood-fired oven that allows you to be creative with gourmet pizzas and flatbreads.

Outdoor Bar:  Why finish your basement when you can entertain outdoors?  Put an outdoor man-cave next to your grill, so that the grill master can entertain while cooking.  Outdoor bars can feature a built in cooler or a refrigerator with or without tap systems.  An outdoor television is a great touch, but unless you have a roof or significant shade you probably need to invest in a television equipped with the technology that allows the screen be visible in direct sunlight.

Pond:  If you love to spend time outdoors, especially if you have a garden then it’s a great idea to make your garden more nature-like – add a pond! I find the sound and presence of water to be comforting. Adding a water features in your yard can give you that level of tranquility that you may be looking for.  If you have kids, add some fish. They’ll love watching and feeding them.

Pool:  As warmer weather rolls around each year, homeowners should consider the benefits of having a private pool in their backyard. Installing a pool can be a great way to increase a home’s beauty and value. Already have a pool?  If you’re still using chlorine, switch over to a salt water system.  This may be an expense when it is installed, but after that you do not have to add chlorine as salt makes chlorine. This saves you money and is softer on your skin. Also, the new salt systems are great, as they monitor and clean themselves.

Firepit:  Many individuals invest in a firepit for amusement purposes mainly. It permits them to have friends over at their place and create an ambience that is cozy and welcoming. Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are now considered the “must have” accompaniment to any outdoor living space combination. They make a perfect partner to a backyard patio or porch. If you have ever had the chance to sit in front of an outdoor fireplace on a crisp autumn evening with friends and family–you already know the coziness of its warmth, the crackle of the fire, and the intoxication of watching the flames as they dance– nothing comes close to the experience.

The backyard is a great place to gather with each other and have fun or to escape the world for some well needed relaxation. Most people would benefit from spending more time outdoors.


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