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The Essential Pre-Party Checklist for Your Outdoor Kitchen

The Essential Pre-Party Checklist for Your Outdoor Kitchen

Hot, humid Houston summers aren’t always the most pleasant times to be outdoors. Fortunately, you can still enjoy the fresh air and gentle breezes by adding a few features to your backyard to protect yourself from the heat. You can even have outdoor parties during the summer! All you have to do is make sure your outdoor kitchen and hangout spots are ready to provide comfort during the hot weather.

Don’t let the high summer temperatures trap you indoors! Get your outdoor kitchen ready for fun backyard hangouts with this party planning checklist. #Creekstone #CreekstoneOutdoorLiving Click To Tweet

Getting Your Backyard Ready for Summer

With strategic designs for your outdoor kitchen and hangout space, you can create a backyard ready for any summer day. Here are just a few ideas to spruce up your yard for warmer weather:

  1. Tidy up the yard
  2. Cover your dining area
  3. Upgrade your appliances
  4. Style outdoor furniture
  5. Add a bar

1) Tidy Up the Yard

Nobody wants to party in a dirty, overgrown yard! Mow the grass and haul away any trash. Consider pressure washing your patio and any concrete surfaces for a brand new look. In general, just take the time to make your yard look appealing and ready for when guests arrive.

2) Cover Your Dining Area

An outdoor dining room may sound appealing for backyard parties of any kind, but if it starts to rain or the sun gets too hot, your guests will have to run indoors again. Prevent this issue by installing a new patio cover over your dining space! Let the party continue, rain or shine, and enjoy a shady spot all year round.

3) Upgrade Your Appliances

Whether you have an entire outdoor kitchen or just a grilling station in the backyard, you likely enjoy the ability to cook fresh food for your guests. Why not upgrade your appliances to make your experience easier? Swap your old grill for a more efficient model or see what your outdoor kitchen still needs. A few new cooking appliances could make a big difference in your party hosting experience.

Pro Tip: Hosting parties after dark? Hang string lights or install solar pathway lights for an elegant touch and to let everyone see in the dark!

4) Style Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor dining areas or hangout spots need comfortable seating for all your guests. Of course, it’s equally important to make sure that the furniture you choose can withstand the elements. Find outdoor-safe furniture to match your design scheme and furnish your backyard to get the party started!

5) Add a Bar

Finally, add the finishing touch to your summer party space: an outdoor bar. A nearby wine fridge or full-sized refrigerator can keep drinks cold and produce ice for everyone. A well-designed, comfortable bar is the perfect addition to a summer evening spent with friends outdoors. Give it a try!

Enjoy Your Summer!

Upgrading your backyard relaxation spaces goes a long way toward making summer days that much more enjoyable. Try throwing a family cookout or moving a planned party outdoors. Take full advantage of your newly refurbished space!

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4 Patio Designs to Complement Your Home

4 Patio Designs to Complement Your Home

You’ve decided to install a patio space or update your old one. Now comes the next question: which style is best? Some will mesh nicely with your home and last for years to come, while other styles are simply less visually appealing or durable. How can you choose the right design and construction materials for your new patio?

Is it time to add a patio to your backyard? Which style will look the best and last the longest? Check out a few different options here. #Creekstone #backyardliving #backyarddesign Click To Tweet

Common Patio Styles

Your home design and overall backyard aesthetic will influence which construction materials you choose for your patio cover. However, you must also consider durability. Will your new patio stand the test of time? How often will it require repairs? Take the time to research each of these popular styles:

  1. Wood
  2. Pavers
  3. Flagstone
  4. Concrete

1) Wood

Wood is a classical deck building material that perfectly complements a rustic-style backyard. A well-built wooden deck can last for about 15 years without needing extensive reworking. And nothing beats the natural colors of solid wood!

2) Pavers

Bricks or flat stones called pavers are laid flat and lined up with each other to create a paver patio. This design has endless potential for creativity. Differently colored stones, differently shaped stones, and custom layout patterns all contribute to a patio deck that is uniquely yours. Just make sure the stones have a sturdy, flat surface to lay on so your patio will last for years without issue.

3) Flagstone

Flagstone patios are similar to pavers in a way, but their design is slightly different. A flagstone pattern is designed to allow water to trickle through and out of the design, rather than simply running off like it would on other materials. Because of its durability and its lovely earth tones that seem to complement any backyard, flagstone is a popular choice for patio materials.

Pro Tip: Flagstone patios use concrete to hold the stones in place, while paver patios only press the stones together without any binding agent.

4) Concrete

Perhaps the most straightforward patio design, a concrete patio involves just pouring and setting a slab of concrete in your backyard. This design isn’t quite as ideal as it may sound. While the installation process doesn’t require a huge amount of time or effort, a solid slab of concrete is somewhat brittle compared to other patio designs and can crack or split with time. You may need to replace or significantly renovate a concrete patio in a few years.

Designing Your New Patio

Choosing the right style and construction materials are crucial steps toward creating your new outdoor space. Your patio should complement your home and be durable enough to last for years without significant repairs. Find your favorite style and start enjoying your new patio!

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Add Value to Your Home with These 5 Backyard Renovations

Add Value to Your Home with These 5 Backyard Renovations

Indoor home renovations add significant value to your home on their own. But why stop there? After all, a visitor’s first impression of your home won’t be what it looks like on the inside, but how appealing the front yard or backyard is. Investing a little extra time and money on backyard renovation could give your home significant resale value when it’s time to move.

Many potential home buyers will get their first impression of your house from the yard. Is your backyard up to the test? Increase your home’s value and improve your backyard with these tips. #Creekstone #CreekstoneOutdoorLiving Click To Tweet

Outdoor Remodeling Inspiration

Maybe your backyard has the best-looking grass in the neighborhood, but there’s nowhere to sit down. Likewise, even the fanciest outdoor kitchen doesn’t look appealing next to a brown, dying lawn. What kind of work does your yard need? Try one of these proven remodeling ideas:

  1. Patio space
  2. Fences
  3. Hangout space
  4. Fire pits
  5. Eye-catching landscaping

1) Patio Space

Prospective buyers have a list of features they want in their new house. While everyone wants something slightly different, many people would agree that they’d love for their new house to have a patio. A brand new patio will certainly catch the attention of many potential buyers! And in the meantime, you get a great place to spend time outdoors or host parties in your backyard.

2) Fences

Is there a particularly scenic area behind your home that you’d love to look at? Maybe a see-through fence is best. On the other hand, a tall privacy fence ensures no one can peek at you while you’re in your backyard. Whichever style you choose, installing a fence of some type is an excellent way to secure your home and increase its appeal at the same time.

3) Hangout Space

Plenty of people love spending time in their backyard. Why not set up a permanent hangout space to enjoy the great outdoors? An outdoor kitchen, dining area, or even covered entertainment space gives you the chance to relax outside with family or friends. And better yet, this feature will definitely boost your home’s resale value.

4) Fire Pits

What’s the perfect addition to an outdoor cooking space? An open fire! A fireplace or fire pit gives you the opportunity to cook over open flames or just add a touch of atmosphere to your evening hangout. Light up the night and catch others’ attention with a customized fireplace.

5) Eye-Catching Landscaping

Finally, the yard itself needs attention. How healthy is your grass? Are your trees or decorative plants in good shape? Now’s the time to institute a lawn care routine to keep your plants healthy. The healthier they are, the better your yard will look, and the more curb appeal your house will have.

Pro Tip: Give your backyard a facelift! Plant flowers native to the Houston area that will thrive throughout the year.

Find Your Favorite Backyard Renovation

Even a few changes to your backyard layout or style can significantly increase what a potential buyer will pay for your home. Which idea appealed the most to you? Start planning your brand new backyard today!

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How to Make a Small Living Area Look Bigger

How to Make a Small Living Area Look Bigger

Does your living room not have enough space? Does it simply feel cramped or too small to be comfortable? While it may seem like the most logical solution is knocking out a wall, you can take less drastic measures to make your living room seem bigger than it truly is.

Don’t worry about rearranging your entire home’s layout to fix a too-small living room! Several strategic decorative choices will help you create a brighter, more open atmosphere for your living area. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Making a tiny living room seem bigger can be as simple as adding a few new decorations and rearranging old ones. Find inspiration here. #Creekstone #homedecor Click To Tweet

Color Choices

Very light or very dark colors tend to give a room depth. Combining the two, such as painting the walls white and buying dark navy furniture, makes the space pop even more. Your eye is drawn to the contrasting colors that create the illusion of a bigger room. This also has the advantage of giving your living space a clean, elegant look.

Pro Tip: Decorating with pale or bright colors in a room with low natural light will accent the light it does have, making a compact space feel more open.

Space-Defining Decorations

A few strategic decorative choices can help outline your space. Large rugs on the floor and large paintings hanging on the walls trick your mind into seeing the room as bigger than it actually is. A large mirror hanging on the wall also helps create the illusion of depth and makes a room feel more open.

Additionally, your choice of accessories comes into play here. Too many small decorative items can make your room feel cluttered and tiny. Buy a few larger decorative pieces instead to complement the room and mesh perfectly with your paintings and rug.

Specialized Furniture

One excellent method of saving space is to find creative ways of storing necessary items. Plenty of homeowners accomplish this through specialized furniture. For instance, cushions on a window seat could lift up to hold extra blankets or pillows. A couch can fold out into a bed. A coffee table can expand into a standing desk. You can even find creative ways to incorporate shelves or drawers into your furniture plan. Whatever you choose, removing excess clutter without sacrificing any necessary things will definitely help your room feel more open.

Making Your Living Room Look Bigger

With an eye for color and decor, it’s not difficult to make a room feel larger without actually changing the floor space. It’s all about tricking your eyes! Experiment with different colors, decorations, furniture, and more to create your new ideal living room.

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5 Home Renovations to Increase Your House’s Value

5 Home Renovations to Increase Your House’s Value

Whether you bought your current home as an investment or not, the day will likely come when it’s time to sell. How valuable will your house be by then? Most homeowners look to increase their home’s value with time, and for many, that means performing renovations or adding new features.

Adding a few new features to your home could increase its value significantly! Looking for inspiration? Check out these 5 home renovations. #Creekstone Click To Tweet

Giving Your House a Facelift

The best part about home renovations is that you can enjoy the new features in the meantime. So why not go for something fun as well as valuable? Join hundreds of other Houston-area homeowners and start your home improvement project with one of these features:

  1. Backyard deck
  2. Swimming pool
  3. Outdoor kitchen
  4. Remodeled bathroom
  5. New flooring

1) Backyard Deck

A nice, open backyard may be perfect for parties, but only with a few renovations. One excellent addition to your future outdoor hangout space is a spacious backyard deck, with a patio cover for added atmosphere. Home Advisor reports that you’ll likely be able to recoup up to 80% of the deck’s cost when you sell your house later! Prospective homeowners love the atmosphere and potential a deck provides and are willing to pay extra to get it.

2) Swimming Pool

Adding a swimming pool to your home certainly increases your potential for hosting! Guests will love the chance to go swimming. Your return on investment may not be as significant, however. It all depends on how many other homes in your neighborhood have swimming pools too, as well as how in-demand pools are in your area. Do a little research before making this decision.

Pro Tip: Enclosing your pool in a pool house lets you host guests in the best way possible!

3) Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen and dining space is a winning combination for a luxurious backyard! Aside from making the perfect party hangout in the meantime, they can also provide a return on your investment ranging from 10% to 150%! The exact amount depends on the size, setup, and quality of materials used during construction. 

4) Remodeled Bathroom

Nobody likes to use a messy, unappealing restroom. Why not give your bathroom a facelift too? From buying new decorations to installing newer plumbing, you can make your restroom look as good as new. An elegant bathroom will certainly look good to a prospective buyer in the future!

5) New Flooring

Is your carpet looking old and worn? How about the tiles or linoleum in your kitchen, indoors or outdoors? Upgrading your flooring could go a long way toward elevating the rest of your home. Match your countertops for an even more streamlined look!

Get an Excellent Return on Investment

Adding new features or completing a home improvement project does more than just make your house more valuable. It also gives you and your family additional ways to spend time together and enjoy your home. Do yourself a favor and start planning your home renovations today!

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How to Plan a Backyard Upgrade

How to Plan a Backyard Upgrade

Creating an outdoor living space doesn’t happen overnight! With the right inspiration and expert installation, though, your backyard upgrade could be closer than you think. Don’t waste any more time imagining what your backyard could be. Start planning your new outdoor space!   

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Upgrading Your Backyard

Are you ready to make your dream backyard a reality? Whether you’re starting with bare sod or outdated design, upgrading your backyard can be overwhelming. Follow these easy steps to transform your outdoor space for you and your family.

  1. Have a vision
  2. Note the space and HOA limitations
  3. Get inspired with landscaping ideas
  4. Consult the experts
  5. Start constructing

1) Have a vision

Who’s going to be using your backyard? Do you plan to entertain? Will you need lawn space for children to play? The first step of planning an upgrade is to think about how you will use the backyard. Make a list of reasons you’d like to step out of the back door and spend time outside. Once you have a vision of what you want your backyard to look like, you’ll be able to better decide which features to choose.

2) Note the space and HOA limitations

Sometimes, even the greatest ideas have limitations. Depending on the current makeup of your backyard, you might have an electrical box or tree that will affect the placement of your features. That being said, there may also be upgrades your homeowner’s association may not allow. Before you install a new patio cover or customized pool, be sure to get HOA approval before you build to minimize future problems.

3) Get inspired with landscaping ideas

A blank slate can be the best and worst way to start a project. While you might have a vision in mind, it’s helpful to get outside inspiration for your backyard. Visit your local garden store or browse landscaping ideas online to narrow down your search. Once you have a selection of ideas, you can start deciding what will work best for your personal yard.

Pro Tip: Install a fire pit or outdoor fireplace to create a warm ambiance, roast marshmallows, and enjoy cool nights year-round.

4) Consult the experts

Once you have a clear idea of what you want, it’s time to schedule a consultation with the experts. An experienced contractor can help you sort through the options and decide which landscaping ideas to use. From a visit to your backyard to a detailed estimate, your design consultation will ultimately determine what kind of resources will be required. By setting realistic expectations, you’ll be better equipped to create your new outdoor living area.

5) Start constructing

It’s time to make your design plan come to life! Whether you need to hire a crew to build your new pool or to install your new outdoor kitchen, the final step is to set aside time for construction. With the right tools and trained personnel, you could be days away from being able to enjoy your new backyard!

Ready, Set, Upgrade!

Once you have an idea of your dream backyard, the only thing left to do is to make it a reality. Whether you’re doing your own DIY projects or hiring a professional designer, the best part of a backyard upgrade is the finished product. The final transformation of your backyard will make all of your dreaming and planning worth it!

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