If you’re ready to turn your home into the ultimate relaxation spot, you will have to do some research. Selecting a hot tub for your deck or patio may take a little time, because you want to be sure that you find a model that will fit both your budget and your needs. There are many good options available today. Let’s take a look at what you need to know when shopping for a hot tub for your home: Continue reading
This Monmouth County, New Jersey project started with tearing down the detached garage and then adding approximately 2,400 square feet including a two-car garage with a game room above, a master bedroom suite, powder room, laundry room, and mud room. The existing kitchen was completely remodeled. The exterior received a new dimensional roof. The exterior siding was redone with vinyl and stone. New steps and a portico were added to the front entryway. A second floor terrace was built that overlooks the backyard and connects the entries to the master bedroom and game room. The game room has a spiral staircase down to the mudroom. Continue reading
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
On July 4, many Americans head to a barbecue or a park, or watch a Main Street parade, capped by fireworks. But let’s suspend reality for a moment: Imagine what it would be like to stay home and have unparalleled access to sea and sky for fireworks. Oh, to nurse a glass of cold American beer by a rooftop fire pit overlooking the San Francisco Bay or sit in a deck chair in Virginia under the blue yonder.
Let’s enjoy our freedom to dream big and celebrate our beloved America with a jaunt through the country’s coolest places, in or right outside of the home, to watch a fireworks display. 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
The BBQ talk is usually about grilling meat. Don’t overlook grilling vegetables as well! Grilled vegetables are tasty, colorful, and a good healthy compliment to the steaks, chicken, fish, burgers, and hot dogs.
Grilling vegetables is easy. The fact that more people don’t do it is the strange thing. The general rule is to cut the vegetables into pieces that will cook quickly and evenly. All pieces should be of consistent thickness and no more than about 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Soak vegetables in cold water for about 30 minutes before you grill them to keep them from drying out. Pat dry, then brush lightly with oil to prevent sticking. Do not over cook and you’ll have vegetables better than you thought possible. If you like grilling vegetables and want to try smaller things use a grilling basket to keep them out of the fire. Continue reading
Memorial Day is about honoring the lives of men and women who died serving and protecting our country. Many homeowners will raise a glass and celebrate the holiday — the unofficial start of summer — around a tablescape of Americana decor, chilled watermelon, cold beer and a homemade dessert. No matter how you choose to celebrate Memorial Day, let’s enjoy the spirit of freedom and the start of warmer days with ideas from these inspiring outdoor kitchens. Continue reading