Post 901

By on March 9, 2017

Custom Free Form Swimming Pool Design



Know how much you are willing to spend. Keep in mind the initial cost of getting the new landscaping, pool, outdoor kitchen, etc. but there is also the annual cost of maintenance that has be considered too. Knowing what you are willing to spend on annual basis for the next five years will prevent any maintenance sticker shock that may occur.

Outdoor Activities

This is the must have on the entire list! Will you be cooking, eating, sitting, relaxing, or reading? Maybe you will be entertaining large groups of guests. Do you garden, or bird watch? Any recreational activities like swimming, basketball, throwing baseball or throwing football? All these outdoor activities need to be taken into consideration for a good plan, so make sure to know what you and your family will be doing outdoors.


Know what you like most for decking, fences walls etc. Do you like a lot of colorful plants? List your favorite plants, flowers, trees etc. Don’t forget to list what you do not like as well.

Desired Character

How do you want your site to look? Are you looking to have a formal design? Do you want an informal design? Maybe you are thinking of going modern. Do you like the open air or more of a wooded landscape with shade and privacy? Knowing what you like is big and very beneficial when we sit down to design.

Existing Conditions

Know what your problems are and maybe some opportunities about your current site. Every person’s taste is different. You may hate the way a row of evergreen trees blocks a view from your house but your designer may love the way they sit on your site. Unless they know you don’t like it may not get changed in the design. Create a list of current front yard and back yard problems that you think should be minimized or overcome in the design. Also, a list of all the positive elements and qualities of the yards that should be retained or enhanced in the design.


Your family members are the ones that will be using the space most often so bring a list of all family members including their ages (don’t forget the pets, they are family too). Make sure to include a list of hobbies they may have, especially if they relate to the outdoors! Designs can vary greatly depending on the age range of all family members that could be using the spaces.

Post 900

By on February 22, 2017

Custom Swimming Pool Design Outdoor Kitchen


When it comes to wintertime, every area of the country and Outdoor Kitchen has its challenges. With a few, it is the snow and the ice. Wind, rain, and hail are problems in some other areas. Your outdoor kitchen requires some special care, even though you may use it in the wintertime.

You must plan ahead even if you don’t live in a region which has a great deal of snow. Furthermore be sure that your outdoor kitchen has some cover plus some extra care is going to be good for keeping it in good shape.

Outdoor kitchens are built to take the elemental changes. The refrigerators are made to be impervious to the cold. They don’t need to get brought inside during the winter, even in higher elevations or colder climates. They do need to be turned off prior to when the weather hits freezing.

Even though you utilize it throughout the winter, this is a wonderful time to clean it thoroughly and for you to get it in good shape. If you’re in the higher desert elevations, or perhaps in a snow prone area, then it’ll require a little more.

  1. Open the taps completely and shut down any water supply to the sink. Blow out the lines using air or carbon dioxide. It will assure there isn’t any water in your lines to
  2. To help keep dust, grit, and debris from blowing into your sink and clogging the drains, put a cover over it.
  3. Clean inside your refrigerator unit and empty all of the cabinets and shelves.
  4. Switch the power off on the units. Unplug them, if possible. If you cannot unplug, turn your circuit breaker off.
  5. Clean the complete outside of each unit, stove, refrigerator and grill.
  6. If you are in a cold area or a high elevation, your outdoor kitchen sink might be vulnerable to freezing. Take some special attention to your sink unit in these areas.

The outside of all units need to be cleaned. Wash them with a very mild de-greasing agent. You need to wash all your outdoor kitchens, but especially if they are stainless, using a gentle soap and absolutely nothing more. Never use any kind of cleanser which has a gritty base to it.

For the grill, the cooking areas should be seasoned prior to deciding to cover it. With a soft clean cloth, and vegetable oil, wipe all the areas that are cooking surfaces with vegetable oil and put them back onto your grill.

If you’re not going to use your grill throughout the wintertime, turn off the gas. Take off the tank and store it in an area that’s not at risk from freezing. Use tarps or covers to protect the grill and all the rest of the outdoor kitchen.

It’s a great idea to clean and re-season your kitchen during the fall to keep it in the best condition, even when you do plan to utilize it all winter. It’s a myth that you do not have to cover your grills and outdoor kitchen elements during the winter months, but this is a myth. There’s a great deal more wind and possibly Ice that play a large part in the winter months.