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Creating an Outdoor Living Space for Year-Round Use

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Mon, Oct 26, 2020

When you invest in an outdoor living space, one large consideration is the bang you'll get for your buck throughout the year and the changing weather. Southwestern Ohio and the surrounding areas experience a wide range of seasonal weather patterns, and the thought of putting your budget into something you may only get to use 4 months out the year can turn many homeowners off. The good news is that there are ways around that by utilizing some clever designs and helpful products.

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Topics: Outdoor Living

Planning an Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Sep 29, 2020

This is an excerpt from our Homeowner's Guide to Outdoor Living. You can read the full outdoor living guide here.

If you do a lot of summer entertaining at home or just enjoy cooking family meals on the grill, an outdoor kitchen is likely high on your wishlist. Outside kitchens can be quite similar to their interior counterparts with the variety and practicality of modern outdoor appliances available to homeowners. To start deciding what you’d like in yours, you’ll need a specific list of the type of kitchen and entertaining activities you would like to be able to do outside. Think about how you like to work in a kitchen. How much food prep space do you need? Would you want your kitchen to include seating for family and friends and for conversation when you work? How would you prefer to manage clean up? How much storage will you need outdoors or would you prefer to do all the prep work indoors and use the grill area strictly for cooking?

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Topics: Outdoor Living

6 Great Design Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces

Posted by Alan Hendy on Mon, Aug 24, 2020

Summer heat can drive many families indoors, leaving yards and patios looking a bit empty and under-utilized. It doesn't have to be that way, however. Outdoor living spaces can be created that address some of the typical reasons homeowners tend to stay inside. While outdoor air conditioning is still a pipe dream, there are several other outdoor living design projects that can provide relative comfortable spaces that may make it easy to enjoy the outdoors. Here are our 6 picks for ideas to consider.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Additions

Project Tour: English Garden Style Outdoor Living in Montgomery

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Jul 7, 2020

This outdoor living remodeling project included the reworking of an existing open-air structure, as well as the design of a new pool and accompanying deck that transformed the backyard just behind the home. The new structure extends further out, providing space for a new outdoor kitchen and ample space for a seating area around a new fireplace.

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Topics: Outdoor Living

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