Summer Time

It's All About The Journey ... Outdoor Kitchens.

This is for the food lovers. What’s better then a dream kitchen … outside!

Here are some examples of great outdoor kitchens and how to make your own. Guys will love this because the grilling options are fantastic and they will feel like they are a gourmet chef.

Safety First

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Before you start decorating you want to make sure you choose quality craftsmanship. Make sure you pick equipment and counter tops that are built for durability to protect your investment. HGTV says when choosing counter tops you want ample space and that 24" to 36" counter depth is the bare minimum. When choosing a style, go with a high end stone! It won’t stain, retain odors or fade in UV sunlight.

 

Time to choose the floor

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When choosing your flooring consider foot traffic, spills, rain, wind, ice and fireproof materials.

Stone, concrete and tile are the best options. Stone is pricey but gives you a natural look and a feel of elegance. Concrete will give you versaitle durability and is good for cold weather climates. Tile is the most affordable option and can give you many different looks.

 

Last but not least the appliances!

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Choosing the grill can be the most fun, and the most challenging aspect of your new kitchen. A few things to consider: a side burner is always a bonus, you can make /heat sauces or boil water while you’re grilling; how about a pizza oven, you can have it custom made or purchase a DYI kit; an overhead vent is important, especially if you are cooking close to the house.

Other appliances to consider: a sink can be very functional, how about a refrigerator/beverage cooler to keep food and drinks fresh and at hand and don't forget about storage-builtin drawers & storage can make life so much easier!

Whether or not you add a dream outdoor kitchen enjoy the grilling in this season and make use of their wonderful yards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's All About The Journey....How To Make Your Yard The Envy Of The Neighborhood

Having trouble growing grass or just can't seem to get inspired? Here are some ways to make your yard the envy of the neighborhood, as well as living up to your expectations.

Get some Mulch

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Sometimes quick and easy is the way to go. If you are having trouble growing grass or your front yard just needs something fresh, try mulch. It's not expensive, does not take a lot of time and brings a different look to the yard. You can then add flowers and bushes to give it something a little extra.

Other "Hardscaping" Options

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If you find plain mulch a little boring - spark it up! Do some contouring with other mediums such as white pebbles, river rocks - let your imagination run wild. You can also get creative with design, have some fun!

Make a Wish!

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Having a water fountain either in the front or the backyard can bring a whole new look and can tie your landscaping together. You can get one of these at any of your local hardware or salvage stores like United House Wrecking in Stamford. They can be pricey depending on the size but you can also find deals at outlets or flea markets. Some other decorative ideas include surrounding the fountain with lights so it is really an eye catcher at night.

Light the Way

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Lighting is can be both functional and decorative and today, there are so many options! You can find these lights almost anywhere from the internet to high end stores and they can range in price from surprisingly inexpensive to over-the-top. From solar models to hardwired-your choice can really showcase your home in a different light.

On our next journey we will touch on how to make a

backyard your oasis.