Fingers crossed the weather will be good as outdoor living kicks off over Memorial Weekend.
Of course, Memorial Day is first of all an important time to honor our fallen soldiers. And we all want to do that.
But it is also a precious long weekend. A time of getting together with family and friends. As the first weekend of the outdoor living season, it’s the perfect time to open pools, heat up the barbecue, spend time gardening — or just revel in being outside.
Where to Locate Your Outdoor Kitchen
One important outdoor living amenity is a fully equipped kitchen.
If you don’t already have one, deciding where to locate it is key. There are reasons for positioning it away from the house — should you have a ‘destination’ pool, or if other outdoor living areas are set at a distance from the house.
However, it’s generally a good idea to place an outdoor kitchen as close to the house as possible.
One obvious reason is you want it close to your indoor kitchen. In addition, your home’s extended roof, not to mention house walls, can provide your outdoor kitchen protection from the elements.
It’s also easier to hook up electricity by being so close to the home’s utility lines.
If your outdoor kitchen is for more than cooking and serving food, when it’s intended to also be a dining and drinking spot, you may want to set it where the activities take place.
When this is the case, your outdoor kitchen should be fully equipped so there’s less back and forth to the house. This requires lots of storage for bowls, cooking utensils, condiments, and definitely it should have a sink.
Wherever you choose to locate it, consider how much sun will be pouring down while dining, cooking, or drinking. A pergola can help or you might prefer moveable — yet sturdy — outdoor umbrellas for flexible shade.
Stand Alone Outdoor Bars
Depending on what amenities you already have, or your particular landscape, it can be wise to have an outdoor bar/dining spot separate from where the cooking is being done.
And don’t limit yourself to what a bar can be. You can even add waterfalls. The elegant sheet falling ones seen in the photo here gave our clients the sleek modern look they wanted. And, of course, they also provide a very pleasant relaxing sound. This helps friends and family de-stress and invites easy conversation.
Adding Pool Amenities
Speaking of de-stressing. You might think that being able to cool off, do laps, or play water polo is enough to demand of a swimming pool.
But adding waterfalls can provide a whole new delightful experience.
Not only are these beautiful to look at, but imagine treading water underneath one. Or swimming under it.
Adding such a feature to a pool opens up lots of possibilities like incorporating other fun amenities with it: diving rocks, slides, as well as bright plantings.
Today’s Feature Photo: Happy Memorial Weekend everyone!