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Consider These Trends In Your Outdoor Living Space Design

Put the land around your home to good use by designing an ideal outdoor living space just for you and your family. Know your end goal when starting your design process. The typical dining set and barbecue may not be the relaxing ultra comfort outdoor living you want. Cooking and eating outside may just seem like a lot of work and mess to you. Consider if some of these trends fit your end goal.

The Wet Bar

Nothing new here but as mentioned above, if you think an outdoor kitchen just means a lot of work and mess, consider a wet bar. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the patio are easy and a lot less messy. The word hors d’oeuvre means outside the work, which illustrates this idea perfectly. We have seen beautiful, shiny, and inviting outdoor kitchens in magazines and home shows. Just picture that same space after a dinner party.

A wet bar should include a sink, a refrigerator, and, of course, a bar. Include extra electrical receptors for blenders, ice makers, lighting, and your sound system.

Portable Ice Machine

No more lugging bags of ice. No more running out of ice. Portable ice machines can produce new ice every 10 minutes. No need for plumbing. Just fill the reservoir. Portable means you can move it to your other fabulous living spaces to use.

Cocktail Railing

If you need to incorporate railing into your outdoor living space how about cocktail railing? Just top your railing with material wide enough to be able to set down your drinks or plates. A valuable function for your outdoor parties.

Outdoor TV

Outdoor tvs are made to be outdoors. Models should be weather resistant and withstand extreme temperatures. It must be able to keep moisture and dust out of the interior. They also need to be brighter than indoor tv’s to ensure a vivid picture in outdoor lighting. Consult your outdoor tv dealer for specifics and considerations for installation.

Gas Tiki Torches

Include this feature in your lighting design. Tiki torches create a romantic island feeling. The height and flame adjustment ability keep the heat away from you, unlike a fire pit. A way to have a fire feature on a hot night.

Outdoor Pizza Oven

You sure want your pizza oven outside because these ovens can reach 700 degrees. Gas fueled pizza ovens can be portable. Wood fueled pizza ovens can be a nice fixture in your outdoor kitchen. Imagine having piping hot pizza baked to perfection in as little as five minutes. And you don’t heat up the kitchen.

The outdoor space you design with the right features for you can make you not want to come back indoors.

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5 Easy Ways To Increase Your Curb Appeal

Whether you want to improve the look of the front or backyard of your home to improve your chances of selling for a good price to a owner you’ll like, or improve the aesthetic for your neighborhood, deter crime, and decrease the likelihood of burglary, the task doesn’t have to be overwhelming or costly. Here are 5 easy ways to increase the curb appeal of your home.

Paint your trim

Painting your trim can make your home look polished. Be sure to choose a quality paint and use primer to insure it’s a lasting job. White is a popular color, but you can work with the color scheme of your home to choose the right color to provide the pop you want. If you live in a homeowner’s association or want to comply with city ordinances, acquire the approval from them to paint your home.

Install a bright colored door

Another way to give your home more personality is to buy a new door. Red is often a door color that makes magazine covers, but you can choose another and still get the results you’re looking for. Not only are colors a choice to make, windows, door knockers, and handles are all other points of interest you can add to. You can also add peep holes and mail slots, decorative wreaths or door bells to add charm and security.

Upgrade your mailbox

Mailboxes run in the range of about 20.00 and can be the first thing a passerby sees. Before upgrading your mailbox, be sure to know the codes you need to follow to be in line with your city or state ordinance such as how it must be secured in the ground and how far from the street it must be.

Install visible house numbers

Having visible house numbers makes it easier for guests to find your home, and can also add more charm and personality. Choose a placement that is highly visible such as down a support beam of the porch, the side or middle of the garage, on the mailbox, or inlaid in the brick of the garage.

Install new exterior lights

You can install ground lights through out your yard, either horizontally through out the garden beds surrounding the home or on both sides of the walk up to the house. Other options include replacing porch lights with bright, charming fixtures of your choice or a censor activity light on your garage/backyard. Lighting will deter crime more than any other feature.