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Posted by Sherry Bourque on 7/12/2020

If youíre looking to take your outdoor space to the next level this summer season there are some simple changes that you can do to bring your yard to a ďwowĒ level. 


Use Lighting In Unique Ways


You can really bring visual interest to your backyard by using lighting in unique ways. Think of adding accent lights to walls near the outdoor space (depending upon how itís enclosed). You can also add hanging lights using a fixture like a pergola or umbrella over a table. This is not only a great way to get outdoor night lighting, but a way to define your space as well. 


Use Defining Features


As mentioned above, a pergola or even an umbrella is a great way to define the outdoor space that you have. It will also be a welcome feature to have overhead shade covering for hot summer days. The lighting that you add to these spaces will allow you to use your outdoor area the whole day through with comfort and style. 


Think Of Building Up


If the outdoor space that you have is limited, you might want to consider building up. You can make levels of sorts with your yard. This would include adding something like a cement fixture or a wooden deck. While these types of improvements arenít exactly cheap, they can add to your backyard and give the sense that your outdoor space is bigger than it really is.


Make A Focal Point


If you have a great feature in your yard that provides a great point of vision, you want to make use of it. Be it a fireplace, a fish pond, or something else that your eyes are drawn to, you should place your tables and chairs around this point in order to create an impression. 


Make Privacy A Priority


In your yard, you want to make privacy a priority. Whether you add bushes, build a physical wall, or put up some fencing, you donít want your neighbors to be able to see whatís happening on your property at all times. These features will also help to define the space even more.        


Use The Indoors For Inspiration


Your outdoor oasis can be a reflection of the style that you have on the inside of your home. Just because youíre outside, doesnít mean that everything has to be different. Create a living area complete with tables, chairs, and even an outdoor kitchen if you have the resources. Convenience is key outside, since you donít want to be running in and out of the house while entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. Be sure to complete your patio with accents like throw pillows and even outdoor table lamps to finish the look.




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Posted by Sherry Bourque on 12/22/2019

Photo by Allison Gillett via Pixabay
 

You can create a stunning outdoor kitchen using basic components and pulling things together over time. Entertaining outdoors has become so popular that supplies and materials for cooking are easy to come by in a variety of price points. Follow the steps below to make the most of the process. 

Foolproof Steps to Creating an Outdoor Kitchen you'll Love

Determine what you need. A kitchen showroom can be overwhelming -- but you may not need everything you see. If you love the look of the striking pizza ovens, but no one in the family eats pizza, you may get little use from this purchase, and miss out on the space you've used later. What do you like to cook, what do you like to serve and what components matter most to you? These should go to the top of your list. 

Where will people sit?: The best part of an outdoor kitchen is the entertaining you can do in the space. You should think about how many people you like to host at a time, where they'll sit and what you envision for the space. An outdoor kitchen that is designed for the family and a guest or two may need to seat six people, but if you entertian large groups, then you'll need to allot more space to seating -- 12 to 16 people is an ideal start. 

Where will you keep the food? Do you want to prep inside and cook outside? Or do  you prefer having everything together? If you need the food on hand, a fridge should be included in your plans. If you want to keep the food inside, consider adding a wine or beer fridge instead; it will take up less room and get regular use. 

What will you cook? A grill is a great starting point, since you can cook a variety of foods. Determine if you want to buy a freestanding piece or have something built in -- this will likely be the largest and most expensive component. Once this is in place, decide what else you need; other cook surfaces, a sink or specialty surface could be next on your list. 

Begin with your largest pieces, like your grill and table, then add items as you need too. Your pillows, textiles and accessories can be chosen last, then added and used as needed to create a space that is uniquely yours. 

Your outdoor kitchen can be a work in progress; you don't have to complete it all at once. Adding something new each season or year allows you to spread out the cost of your new kitchen and add components as you need them. 




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