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Home and Hearth

with Jen Crockett

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 11:13 a.m. CDT

Enjoy the Great Outdoors!

By now after this long cold and snowy winter, we are all looking forward to the bright sunny and warm days of summer. Your backyard is a favorite gathering space for cooking, relaxation and entertaining during the wonderful warm weather. Creating a functional as well as a beautiful outdoor living space requires careful planning. You want to consider the architectural design of your home, the space that can be used, enclosure from the elements as well as budget, function, and layout.

When dreaming and creating your outdoor space, consider a beautiful deck space for seating as well as effective lighting for safe evening entertaining. Go big with an outdoor kitchen for convenience as well as beauty and function. Save time from making constant trips back and forth to your indoor kitchen. You can be enjoying family and friends while preparing great meals in your outdoor kitchen and not miss any of the activities.

The grill is usually the center of any outdoor kitchen. In addition to the grill, consider adding a refrigerator, sink, enough counter space for your food prep areas and perhaps a pizza oven. To enhance a great entertainment area in your outdoor kitchen, adding a bar with plenty of seating will compliment this area.

Fire pits are another great addition to any outdoor space. Besides adding warmth on a cool evening it creates a perfect spot for family and friends to gather and maybe even enjoy some roasted marshmallows and great memorable times together. A gazebo or a pergola can provide beauty as well as shelter from the elements while still enjoying the open air.

There are many options to consider when contemplating a beautiful as well as functional outdoor area. A well planned space can add years of enjoyment as well as increased value to your home. Warm and sunny days are coming soon so start planning your outdoor oasis now.

Crockett Construction Inc., is a full service contractor specializing in both residential home improvement and light commercial new construction and remodeling. Whether it’s the perfect addition to an existing home, or adding warehouse space to your growing business, Crockett Construction Inc. has the expertise, processes, and professional management approach to turn your plans into reality, on time, and on budget.

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