Friday, August 3

Great Outdoor Spaces and Must Have Products

With summer in full swing, let's celebrate with great outdoor spaces, and some of the products that are must-haves for entertaining outside.  while of course a bar-b-q is a necessity for any backyard oasis, there are other products that you should know about before planning that big party. From materials to entertainment, cooking to dining, these spaces are exceptional and these products make it happen.

Correct poor growth areas, no more weeds, mud, and no mowing.
A play space, a show place, a quality artificial lawn.
Maintenance is key, some people love getting their hands dirty and love spending time working in their yard. Then there are the people like me, those who want a pristine yard but don't want to spend a minute working to get it that way. One thing that is important to me in my dream back yard, is maintenance free grass.  When I think of my lawn, I want no watering (not only green in color, but environmentally green as well), no mowing, and best of all, no weeds!  Now, while researching for this particular article, I was sceptical to recommend artificial turf because of my dog, and where she goes potty.  Well, I did find Heavenly Greens Artificial Turf, which has built in drainage and a sand infill which provides a playable and functional space for dogs.

Additional Maintenance relieving products include drip systems, and sprinkler systems that relieve watering tasks.  While yes, plants flowers and trees will need to be maintained, including trimming, cutting, and pruning, but at least it isn't a multiple times a week job.

TrueBright TV Outdoor Television 
Entertainment is always a must have. So what does the entertaining include?  Ever families idea of outdoor entertainment is different.  So what does your family want?  A giant TV to enjoy the game while Bar-B-Qing some burgers?  A pool table, or perhaps table tennis and air hockey?  How about a pool in general?  All of this can be done outdoors.  With a growing trend in outdoor entertaining, technology is leading the way.  For example, the television pictured here is 100% waterproof and designed to be outdoors, in the elements of the sun, rain, and so much more.  Now you can watch the game while soaking up the rays in the pool, or cook up some killer steaks during the Super Bowl, without missing a play (or commercial!)  There are also quick and easy ways of making your own big screen to be used with a projector.  Simply a white wall, or a large white sheet can be used for a movie night among the stars.

Other entertaining products for outdoors include a variety of gaming tables, including billiards tables, Foosball tables, table tennis, and air hockey.  You can also get items like dart boards and more.  Each family has their own idea of what is fun and entertaining.  Chances are, what ever you want is made for the outdoors.  Be sure to invest in products that will stand the test of time.

This infinity edge pool and spacious pool side living area's are
what so many of us dream about in our outdoor space.
Design by Austin Architect Cornerstone Architects
This outdoor kitchen is a culinary masterpiece featuring
many outdoor entertaining appliances fit for any party or chef.
Design by Sacramento Architect, Debbie R. Gualco
Appliances are key for any outdoor chef.  A Bar-B-Que isn't the only appliance that can fill your outdoor kitchen.  Refrigerators, pizza ovens, beverage centers, ice makers, warming drawers, and ventilation are only a few of the outdoor appliances that can fill your outdoor kitchen.  While there are many appliance manufacturers, be sure you get appliances specified for outdoor use, even if the appliance will be under an overhang and protected by the elements.  High heat and low freezing temperatures can damage any appliance not intended for outdoor use. Some manufacturers of outdoor appliances include KitchenAid, Viking, DCS Appliances, and many more.

Ambient enhancements also create an enjoyable outdoor living space.  Things like misters, ceiling fans, heaters, and creative lighting. It is suggested to work with a landscape architect or designer to create the best outdoor space for not only your family, but also your climate and even the soil you have in your yard.  Landscape Architects and Designers are great resources when planning outdoor living spaces.

Design by Atlanta Architect Kemp Hall Studio

This contemporary exterior space designed by
Denver Lighting Designer, 186 Lighting Design Group
This Modern Patio features creative lighting and a great entertaining space.
Design by Dallas Landscape Architect, Harold Leidner Landscape Architects
This pool and outdoor living space is great for pool parties and more.
Design by Orange County Landscape Designer, AMS Landscape Design Studios, Inc.