Nothing makes entertaining more effortless than when your outdoor kitchen is stocked and fully equipped. More than just a grill, your outdoor cooking space needs to have everything you need to cook for your family or friends. The right outdoor kitchen products can make your life easier and make entertaining even more fun.
Top Outdoor Kitchen Products
The outdoor kitchen has become an extension of a home’s living space. Make cooking and entertaining easy with these seven top outdoor kitchen products.
- Barbecue Grill
- Pizza Oven
- Ice Maker
- Side Burner
- Vent Hood
- Storage Drawers
1) Barbecue Grill
No outdoor kitchen is complete without a barbecue grill! Choose between a gas grill, a pellet grill, or even a charcoal grill, like the Big Green Egg, and you’ll be cooking with ease and creating new memories with friends and loved ones.
2) Pizza Oven
Another great option for escalating your outdoor cooking space is to have a pizza oven! Your family will never want a frozen or take out pizza again!
3) Ice Maker
Why keep running in and out of the house to replenish your drinks with ice? An ice maker is a perfect kitchen product that will make your life easier.
4) Side Burner
Grills are great, but a side burner will make your outdoor cooking much easier! Side burners allow you to cook up things that aren’t typically made on a grill.
5) Vent Hood
Without a vent hood, all that grill smoke is just going to hang around and linger. A Blaze vent hood is a perfect way to clear the air.
There is no sense in cooking outside if you have to constantly be running in the house to get things. A refrigerator lets you keep foods where you need them–outside where you are making the meals!
7) Storage Drawers
Just like your inside kitchen, you need places to store things. By adding storage drawers and cabinets to your outdoor kitchen, you will have the plates, napkins, utensils, and everything else you need to have a great barbecue get together.
ProTip: Tired of running in and out everytime you need something at your backyard barbecue? With outdoor kitchen products, like a refrigerator, storage doors, and an ice maker, you can stop those endless trips and make your life easier.
Kitchen Appliances to Elevate Your Outdoor Space
With the right kitchen appliances, you not only make your life easier when it comes time to entertaining or preparing food outside, but you elevate your outdoor kitchen design and boost your home value, too.
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The holidays are right around the corner! Are you ready for guests (sometimes unexpected) and holiday celebrations? Is your house ready for the festivities or are you feeling overwhelmed trying to figure out how to get your home ready in time?
Getting Your Home Ready for the Holiday Season
Hosting guests or a holiday party at your home can be stressful and time-consuming if you don’t have a plan of action. Here are seven ways to get your home ready for the holiday season:
- Deep Clean
- Declutter & Organize
- Get Festive with Decorations
- Guest Rooms Ready
- Light Up the Night
- Elevate Your Outdoor Space
- Add a Spark
1) Deep Clean
Don’t just clean, give your home a deep clean. Clean up areas that are usually neglected, like the top of the refrigerator, the oven, the banister, ceiling fan blades, and anything else that hasn’t been cleaned regularly.
2) Declutter & Organize
If you have stacks of papers sitting around, go through them. Organize drawers and cabinets, and anything else that feels cluttered. This is the perfect time to simplify and get rid of junk that is taking up space and collecting dust.
3) Get Festive with Decorations
Now that you have deep cleaned and organized, spruce up your space with festive decorations. Add lights, fresh flowers, and other decorative holiday treasures around your home to make it feel welcoming and comfortable.
4) Guest Rooms Ready
Spend extra time making your guests feel special by getting the guest room and bathroom perfect for their stay. Make sure there is plenty of toilet paper, extra towels and blankets, and also other things they might need like soap, toothpaste, and tissue paper.
5) Light Up the Night
Invest in some inexpensive night lights and place them in the hallways and guest areas in case your visitors need to get up in the middle of the night.
6) Elevate Your Outdoor Space
What better way to entertain this holiday than by heading outside? Create a comfortable seating area under your covered patio, or spend an evening grilling in your outdoor kitchen. Everyone loves the brisk air while enjoying some hot, deliciously grilled vittles!
7) Add a Spark
Pro Tip: A perfect way to get your home ready for the holidays is to add an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit to your outdoor living space.
Place oversized and comfy seating around your fire pit or outdoor fireplace for the perfect place for everyone to relax and create memories.
Getting Your Home Ready for the Holidays
Getting your home ready for the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful when you follow the above tips. Once you have your home ready and cleaned up, you can relax and enjoy your guests and holidays without having to worry about a thing.
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People are spending a lot more time in their outdoor spaces and having a bland yard just won’t cut it anymore. These days, people want to transform their yards to make it a place to unwind, relax, and entertain with ponds, flower beds, vegetable gardens, outdoor kitchens, and more increasingly, fire features.
Transform Your Yard with Outdoor Fire Features
If you are hoping to transform your yard, but you’re unsure which fire feature will be a good fit in your outdoor space, get transfixed by one of these outdoor fire features and you’ll be sitting around the fire telling stories in no time.
- Built-In Fireplace
- Fire Pit
- A Bowl of Fire
- Fire Column
1) Built-In Fireplace
A built-in fireplace is a perfect way to enjoy an outdoor fire all year. A built-in fireplace fits perfectly when designed to match your covered patio. Choose from a variety of materials, colors, styles, and finishes. Make sure to talk to an outdoor living design expert to help you create your perfect built-in fireplace.
2) Fire Pit
The most popular outside fire feature these days is the fire pit. They literally come in every shape and style and can, like the built-in fireplace, be made from a plethora of materials, and finishes. In addition to providing heat and a comforting place to sit and relax, your pit can also help you cook up some tasty food, too.
3) A Bowl of Fire
While they seem similar, the fire bowl is different than a fire pit, in that a bowl is not usually built into the ground, but is usually portable and much more lightweight. Fire bowls can be useful in areas that have regulations set by landlords or housing authorities.
4) Fire Column
A fire column is a newer fire feature that combines the best of a fire bowl, but into a sleek and stylish column that is typically fueled by gas. They take up less room and are, like bowls, usually portable. Fire columns, however, should only be used for heating, and not for cooking foods.
A chiminea is another fire feature that comes from the American Southwest and Mexico areas. The word chiminea is Spanish for chimney and that is exactly what it is–a portable chimney. It provides heat and comes made in terracotta or even metal. The shape of this fire feature sends the smoke upwards and also allows it to be used while it’s raining outside.
Outdoor Fire Features
ProTip: Fire features can instantly transform your yard, creating a natural gathering place you and your family can sit around relaxing, making smores, and creating memories.
Whether you choose to have a fireplace built into your covered patio or a fire pit with cozy chairs seated around it, an outdoor fire feature is one of the best ways to help boost your home value and also creates a great focal point in your yard.
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The rustic style is rugged and nature-inspired with earthy colors and organic warmth, and designing your outdoor kitchen with a rustic feel is the perfect way to capture this popular look. With sturdy materials and age-worn finishes, your rustic outdoor kitchen will be perfect for entertaining or relaxing, making your outdoor living space feel welcoming and unpretentious.
Designing a Rustic Outdoor Kitchen
Folks in Texas (and all around the country) love the rustic look. Here are five excellent tips for when you are ready to design your own rustic outdoor kitchen.
- Rustic Decor
- Recycled Materials
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Fabulous Fire Pit
- Custom Kitchen Features
1) Rustic Decor
For an instant rustic look, be sure to decorate your outside area in rustic decor. From unfinished wooden tables to faded aluminum decorative signs, there are numerous ways to add a rustic touch to your backyard and outdoor kitchen area.
2) Recycled Materials
What is more rustic than something that’s been recycled? Using recycled wood, aluminum, and other materials can instantly give your area a rustic feel. Search from some rustic-styled or recycled planters to plant some fresh herbs or veggies.
3) Outdoor Dining Area
Every outdoor kitchen needs a dining area and what better what to give your backyard a rustic feel than with an unfinished wood table and chair set sitting beneath a natural wood pergola or arbor? Don’t spend a fortune on your dining area. It’s easy to find rustic, mismatched chairs and an old table at a thrift shop or garage sale.
4) Fabulous Fire Pit
Adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace to your outdoor space is another great design idea for your rustic outdoor kitchen. After a night of grilling or cooking up a pizza in your wood-burning pizza oven (you can’t get much more rustic than that), everyone can huddle around the fire, telling stories and cooking up some s’mores.
5) Custom Kitchen Features
The best thing about designing a rustic outdoor kitchen is the ability to work with an outdoor design professional to create your own custom outdoor space. Whether you want a covered outdoor dining area, a stainless steel grill in your kitchen space, stone countertops, or to use reclaimed wood in your design, a professional can help you get the rustic look you are dreaming of.
Pro Tip: Adding custom features to your outdoor kitchen creates a space that’s personalized to your wants and needs.
Rustic Outdoor Kitchen Design
Remember to contact a professional to discuss your rustic kitchen ideas and get started on creating the outdoor kitchen and living space you’ve been wanting for so long.
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Is your patio old and outdated? Is your paver patio cracked, leaving it uneven and causing a tripping hazard for your friends and family? Or is your wooden patio warped and aged and giving people splinters when they walk barefoot? Just like everything else in your home, your patio needs maintenance and upkeep. You might be asking: Can these patio problems be fixed by a simple repair, or do I need to renovate?
How Big is Your Patio Problem?
To determine whether your patio issue can get by with a repair or if you need to take the plunge and just get it renovated, you must first assess the different types of patio problems to determine what you are experiencing. Here are five common patio problems so you can better determine what the best plan of action is for you.
Different Types of Patios & Their Problems
- Failing Flagstone
- Shifting Patio Pavers
- Cracked Concrete
- Warped Wooden Decking
1) Failing Flagstone
Flagstone is a popular choice for patios because of its natural look and earthy, timeless appearance. Unfortunately, flagstone is subject to erosion, and without proper installation, you might run into drainage problems, as well as splitting. To determine whether your flagstone simply needs little repair work or if it’s time to renovate, contact a local landscape professional to discuss your options.
2) Shifting Patio Pavers
Paver and brick patios look terrific, but after some time, the pavers settle, leaving dips and uneven areas, and even create tripping hazards. In order to repair this patio problem, you need to remove the old bricks so you can re-establish a firm base. This can be a tedious and time-consuming endeavor. Consider hiring a professional to complete this job–whether you opt for a repair, or to do a full patio renovation.
3) Cracked Concrete
Concrete patios can create a number of patio issues. After time, the concrete can end up with cracks, holes, and pitting. When this occurs, you have the option of filling the cracks or completely resurfacing it. Another option is to install something completely different on top of the cracked and aging cement, like interlocking tiles to prevent further cracking in the future.
4) Warped Wooden Deck
According to statistics, there are over 40 million wooden decks in the United States that are over 20 years old. The typical life expectancy of a wooden deck or patio is approximately 15 years. If yours falls around this age, it is a good time to have your patio renovated to prevent rotting beams and other issues that revolve around aging wood.
Patio Repairs & Renovations
Whether you decide to repair or renovate your patio, it is always best to talk to a professional first. If you decide on a renovation, you should also consider upgrading your outdoor space by adding a patio cover, or even an outdoor kitchen. You can never go wrong with making upgrades to your outdoor living space!
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Do you feel claustrophobic in your home? Are you unable to move to a larger home or are you just looking for ideas to create more space? If your home is on the small side, it doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to make it feel a lot larger than it really is.
Make Your Home Feel Huge
There are several ways to add space to your home without breaking the bank. Follow these five tips to help create more space and make your home feel bigger and better.
- All About Light
- Marvelous Mirrors
- Color Contrast
- Clean the Clutter
- Seamless Transition
1) All About Light
Light can make all the difference when it comes to making a room feel larger. A dark and closed off space will feel tiny, but by letting natural light in, you can instantly make your space feel larger. Clean and open your windows to let in the beautiful sun, allowing the eyes to travel beyond the boundaries of your home to the outdoors.
2) Marvelous Mirrors
Mirrors are the perfect way to enlarge your space by not only brightens the room but also create an illusion of more space and a bigger room. Try swapping out some wall art for mirrors to keep your space bright and light.
3) Color Contrast
The colors you use on your floors and walls can make all the difference in making your small space feel larger. Opt for lighter colored paint for the walls, but avoid stark, bright white. Choose light, bright colors to make a room feel airy and open. For flooring, choose a darker color to contrast and make your walls seem taller, giving your entire room the illusion of more space.
4) Clean the Clutter
Clutter can instantly make a room feel meager. Go through your things and get rid of anything that isn’t being used. If you haven’t used it in the past year, you most likely won’t need it, so throw it away or donate it to someone who will use it! Start with one room and make your way through the whole house.
5) Seamless Transition
A home with a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor living area is the hottest trend, and it helps make your space feel much larger than it really is. By bringing indoor functions outside (with a covered patio or pergola, for example) your outdoor space feels like an extension of your home. Connecting your outdoor space with the inside gives you more places to do work, entertain, or just relax after a long day, and can add significant size to your living space.
Home Improvements to Maximize Space
Your small space doesn’t have to cramp your style. By following the above renovation tips, you can make your home look and feel a lot larger than it really is.
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