This has to be the best thing that’s ever happened to your outdoor entertaining, a fantastic outdoor kitchen of your very own. So what’s first in your new space? Grilling can be such a fun form of cooking, because it allows you to cook while entertaining, instead of being isolated in the kitchen while your friends socialize. It also lets your friends see and smell what you’re making, so they can appreciate, first hand, all the hard work that goes into your entertaining, and so they’re ready to taste what terrific dishes you have grilled for them. Continue reading
Hiring any sort of contractor to work in or on your home is a very big decision. Besides the fact that there’s the obvious trust factor of allowing a crew of people you don’t know very well into the place where your family lives, you’ll also be giving them full rights to build or renovate the structure where you’ll be living for many years to come.
Looking for some NJ Sunroom Design ideas? The sunroom can be one of the most fun rooms in your home to design. It is also going to be one of your favorite rooms in the house to actually use, so it only makes sense that designing it should be a joy. Even if you feel you don’t have any design skills whatsoever, a little know-how can still go a long way to making sure what you get out of the whole process is in line with what you’re looking for.
This Monmouth County, New Jersey home had an existing wood deck with a screen room on a deck. For combined reasons of aesthetics, usability, durability and longevity the client wanted to redo both. The project was to rebuild the screen room with additional framing, insulation, porcelain floor tile from Best Tile in Keyport, detailed trim, plus energy-efficient windows and doors. The deck was to be replaced with bluestone slabs set in concrete, a stone retaining wall capped with bluestone and lighting plus a custom wood-burning stone fireplace.
These Monmouth County, New Jersey homeowners wanted to create a space that would provide a shady retreat in their southern-facing back yard. The end result is a true outdoor living space over 500 square feet in size, including separate eating and entertaining areas, a gas fireplace, a TV, porcelain floor, French door, and custom Board and Batten ceiling.
A backyard deck or patio is the foundation of an outdoor living space, family fun, and entertaining friends. When planning the project and space there are some obvious things to consider. How big to build it? What material will we use? How much will it cost? There are a few more things to consider that may be a part of a deck or patio project, but are often overlooked up front. Having options and decision pop up during or after construction causes delays, headaches, and extra cost; all of which neither a remodeler nor homeowner wants. Continue reading
If you’ve been thinking about how to add more elegance to your terrace, patio or deck, a pergola could be the perfect choice. This beautiful structure is a wonderful way to define your outdoor space without closing it in. Pergolas are classic, architectural features that often covered the walkways in Italian Renaissance gardens. A pergola makes a versatile addition to any outdoor living area because it can be customized to fit the style of your yard, whether it’s formal or casual. Pergolas don’t provide full shelter, but their openness is what provides that look of simple elegance. Continue reading
Outdoor living spaces have become the poster project of staycations. A staycation is a period of time that an individual or family takes time off and relaxes at home.
Outdoor living spaces can be defined by any or all of an outdoor kitchen, patio, deck, portico covered area, screen or sun room, in-ground pool, spa tub, backyard sports or activities, and as much more as you can imagine. Continue reading
There are many choices of material available to build a masonry patio. Slate is a popular flooring material and it can work great for a patio too. Slate patios are made of this fine type of rock which retains its natural appearance and is smooth and flat. You can get slate in a variety of textures and colors and you can get it at most landscaping outlets.
Slate patios are usually used for entertaining and an outside place to congregate. Complimenting the style of slate you choose with the right surrounding features is important to make the patio look it’s best. You don’t want to waste this patio ideas with an area that is not made to look its finest. Continue reading
Summer is perfect for BBQ grills, but vinyl siding is not. Vinyl siding is made from organic materials and can melt when exposed to a significant heat source. Therefore, an outdoor BBQ should be placed a minimum of three feet from any vinyl-sided wall.
I recall occasions that a homeowner would phone in about a warranty claim for their siding warping. Upon inspection, noting that the severely warped area was approximately 3′ wide and 2′ high and 4′ above the deck and patio, it is clear that the cause was a hot BBQ placed too close. Continue reading