Imagine if there was an easy way to expand your kitchen. You would have more space for preparing meals, greater flexibility for entertaining, and a more inviting dining atmosphere. It’s actually quite simple to make the kitchen of your dreams a reality—without the extensive planning and expenses of adding square footage to your home. The key is to think outside of the box, or more specifically, outside of the house.
Summertime entertaining is not without its frustrations. Besides the humidity and unwanted insects, one big issue that regularly puts a damper on warm weather parties is the host’s constant need to retreat to the kitchen for supplies. The solution to enjoying your own get-togethers more? An outdoor kitchen that’s every bit as well stocked as the one in your home.
Nothing is more inviting outdoors than warmth when summer's daytime heat gives way to an evening chill or there are hints of the coming colder months in the air. So when a brisk goosebump-raising breeze wafts up it's wonderful to be able to tell family and guests alike that relief is just a few minutes or even moments away.
Whether you’re more likely to host a classic garden party or an informal barbecue, alfresco entertaining is a summertime tradition. And when an outdoor kitchen is part of your landscape design, you can participate fully in every fete because everything you need to refresh your guests is within arms reach.
From the blissful sound of flowing water to the delight one feels when watching ornamental carp frolic, there are myriad reasons to consider adding a water feature to your landscape design. A small fountain, a koi pond, a burbling waterfall, or even something as ambitious as a full lake can turn your yard or property into a special place to rediscover yourself and to reconnect with family and friends.
Drought-hardy, picturesque succulents have been en vogue for some time now, but perhaps seeing them yet again in petite pots and trendy terrariums is getting a little tiresome. It turns out there's another options for displaying these plants that are so simple to care for even the black thumbed among us can achieve horticultural success, and that's the succulent wall.
When your goal is for your outdoor living spaces to be as beautiful as your home's interior, it pays to work with a professional. Landscape architects train for years to learn the art of creating visually interesting and meaningful open-air spaces that enhance the environment and promote well being in people.
Spring has sprung and like many, you may be feeling the party planning itch. Warming weather makes an outdoor soiree the obvious choice, though less obvious is how to make a daytime garden party as elegant and sophisticated as a late evening sit down affair. The key is treating your garden party like any event you host – pay attention to the details and the results will always be perfection.