Categories Hardscaping

Four Reasons to Consider an Outdoor Kitchen

Within the past five years, the world has changed the way that we look at home-living. With this change came less time indoors and more time outside. Being outside is a great way for families to entertain without restrictions and outdoor kitchens have become an increasingly popular and creative way to do just that. 

Outdoor kitchens come in all designs and have many features and options available, from fully loaded with all the bells and whistles, to simple yet functional.

Outdoor Kitchen Building Materials

Outdoor kitchens can be designed in a variety of ways depending on the way you want to use the space. Whether it be for entertaining, or simply functionality, possibilities in terms of design are endless.

Most outdoor kitchens have the ability to be framed in either steel, wood, or concrete block. All three give you sturdy frames, with steel being the most popular in recent years. When it comes to cladding your outdoor kitchen for appeal, there are several options to look at. Some of the available options are stucco, tile, stone, or brick. Depending on if you want to go with a warm ambiance or a rustic look, there are plenty of options to sift through.

Countertops are another area where you have plenty of options and colors depending on your preference for an outdoor kitchen. There are many design features that you can choose from including tile, limestone, concrete, granite, soapstone, quartz, and stainless steel.

When looking at cabinetry, stainless steel has been the go-to as it is the most weather-resistant and durable material. A polymer is also an option, but it can be limited as far as style and colors.

Prepare to Be Cool

Imagine being able to entertain friends in front of hand-crafted masonry, no worry functionality, and a hassle-free outdoor kitchen. There are several ways you can spruce up your outdoor kitchen to give it that coolness it deserves and features that will make you the envy of your neighborhood.

Some additional add ons to make your outdoor kitchen the place to be include features such as wood-fired pizza ovens, party pavilions, outdoor refrigerated drawers, warming drawers, dishwashers, outdoor fireplaces, and meat smokers!

Add Value to Your Home

Your outdoor kitchen can also put some cash in your pocket in terms of home equity. Outdoor kitchens can bring a return on investment of easily 100% or even more. This is a value that is multi-layered and will increase the value of your home over time.

Reduce Indoor Smoke and Strong Smells

Outdoor kitchens have utility value beyond just cooking. They can help those with aromatic sensitivities, skin allergies, or air-borne food allergies. This can also apply to cigar and cigarette smoke, especially when entertaining. Additionally, you have the ability to add in features such as outdoor fans or air purifiers, which will further reduce smoke, strong smells, and allergens.

Let’s Build Your Outdoor Kitchen

If you’re ready to take your backyard to the next level with an amazing outdoor kitchen, Wildwood Landscape wants to help. Contact us today to build your dream entertaining paradise.  

Categories Gardening, Hardscaping

We Predict These 3 Landscaping Trends for 2022

With the last few years finding most of us spending an increased amount of time at home, many Americans are turning their attention to expanding and improving their outdoor living spaces. And while some outdoor entertaining and gardening emerged as pandemic hobbies, interest in outdoor living is expected to continue into 2022.

Here are 3 trends you’ll see outdoors this year: 

More Functional Growing SpaceWhile not everyone has the luxury of a large backyard suitable for growing, it is still possible to create the garden of your dreams with strategic use of space. Urban homeowners and renters are finding creative ways to enjoy gardening without permanently changing their landscaping or taking up precious square footage in their yards.

Raised gardening beds are a popular option for urban landscapes since they do not require any existing greenspace, which can be rare for urban homes. Garden beds can be constructed out of wood and filled with the appropriate type of soil. This is a great strategy for renters since they are not permanently fixed.

In addition to raised beds, vertical gardens are a great way to maximize growing without taking up space. In vertical gardens, plants are grown upward using trellises or other structures. They can be great options for urban yards with fences. 

Sustainable Gardening

Environmental concerns are on the rise and incorporating sustainability into gardening will be popular in 2022. Gardening sustainably includes considering the ecosystem in addition to aesthetics when planning your garden. Choosing plants native to the local climate and soil conditions helps eliminate the need for excess water and fertilizer. Additionally, native plants can help support pollination which is essential for the ecosystem.

The coming year may also see a reduction in the use of gas-powered gardening equipment that contributes to air and noise pollution. As an alternative, many homeowners are turning to more hardscaping, such as brick and stone, or sustainable turf that does not require mowing and trimming like grass does. These low-maintenance options also make it easy to have an enjoyable outdoor space without time-consuming upkeep.

Home-grown Ingredients

Another popular trend for outdoor living spaces is home-growing cooking ingredients like produce and herbs. Not only does this give growers more control over the quality of ingredients going into their food, but it can also help them feel more connected to their contribution to the meal. Additionally, growing ingredients at home and harvesting as needed can drastically cut down on food waste.

Home-growing herbs like mint, basil, or rosemary can easily be grown in containers or raised beds and are a good option for novice growers. Vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and kale take a little more time and attention but are a great way to start hobby gardening. They can be grown directly in the soil or in containers or beds, which makes them versatile for all types of outdoor spaces.

Ready to Revamp Your Outdoor Space?

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Categories Hardscaping

What Is the Average Size and Cost of Residential Inground Swimming Pools?

What’s the average size of a residential in-ground swimming pool? What should you look to spend to install one? To answer these questions, we first need to answer what is “average” since there are so many factors and variations that would change our answer. The “average” inground pool size and cost are incredibly subjective depending on the space available and your budget. However, most pool experts would agree that the average size of a rectangular pool is between 10-20 feet for smaller inground pools and 20-40 feet for bigger ones, with an average cost between $28,000 and $55,000 This is a pretty big range so let’s take a look at what “average” might mean in different contexts. 

What Exactly Is “Average”?

Average can mean a lot of things especially when it comes to what the average cost of a residential swimming pool is. This heavily depends on what it is exactly that you want out of your contractor. More often than not contractors will give you a sample book that you’re able to choose from. The more water features, the deeper the pool, etc. the more it will cost. Don’t even get us started on the different pool shapes you can choose from. If you can dream it, we can build it. 

Another determining factor in pool cost is the location. Do you live in a big city? There’s a good chance you have less space for a pool than say someone out in the country. So keep that in mind when choosing how big you want the size of your inground pool to be. 

The last big factor on average cost is the intended use of the pool. Are you a couple of grandparents building an inground pool for your grandkids? Then your pool will likely be smaller and shallow, giving your kids more room to play. Did you just buy a house and you’re looking to build a pool to entertain your guests? Then the size will likely be much bigger and deeper as it’s intended for adults. 

Average Pool Capacity 

Another factor that often goes unnoticed when it comes to residential in-ground pools is the capacity of the pool. Capacity is directly related to not only the cost of filling the pool but also the time and maintenance required. As a general rule of thumb, the bigger the pool’s capacity the more maintenance it will take. Pool cleaning, the cost of machines that filter the water, and the cost of chemicals can build up. It’s important to keep in mind the long-term costs of what goes into keeping your inground pool safe to swim in when talking to your contractor and choosing what creative shape you want the pool to be. 

Speaking of Contractors…

One factor surrounding residential inground pools we haven’t mentioned yet is the landscaping around the pool. A key part of having a pool that will impress is having the landscaping to match. Luckily for you, Wildwood Landscape is here to take that off your hands. We are a team of award-winning landscape experts that will turn your backyard into the getaway of your dreams. Contact us today to see how we can help.