The Beauty of that Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor cooking is one of America’s greatest pastimes – and grilling is one of the biggest sources of socialization when it comes to backyard parties. However, it can be exhausting running back and forth between the house and grill when you need additional utensils, appliances, and food.

For all those reasons, an outdoor kitchen may be just what the doctor ordered.

An outdoor kitchen may seem like a luxury, but for those who spend much of their time entertaining in the backyard, it can be functional, practical, and efficient. An outdoor kitchen comes with all sorts of benefits, including:

Improved socializing

With an outdoor kitchen, you don’t have to worry about being away from your guests every time you need to wash food, run to the frig, or use the stove instead of the grill. Outdoor kitchens keep you in the conversation and the action — you won’t have to miss the punchline of a neighbor’s joke to grab some cheese for the hamburgers.

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The Benefits of a Properly Installed Walkway

The Benefits of a Properly Installed WalkwayDid you have a tough time shoveling your walkway this winter? Perhaps the bricks or pavers were uneven and you rattled your bones and bruised your muscles banging your shovel over and over against the uneven edges sticking up from frost heaves. Or maybe your walkway was encased in solid ice – the result of poor drainage and standing water that froze hard and stayed that way for weeks. Both of these common problems can be easily avoided with a properly installed walkway.

Most do-it-yourselfers make the mistake of not adequately preparing the ground upon which they’re going to build their walkway. They might scrape away some of the grass growing in the pathway, do a quick leveling with a shovel and then start putting down bricks of pavers, or building a quick form and pouring concrete. These approaches are doomed to eventual failure as poorly draining water seeps underneath the hard surface, eroding the base or forming frost heaves in the winter so that in a relatively short period of time, the walkway begins to buckle and heave.

Instead, a trench 8-10 inches deep should have been dug first for a brick or paver walkway. The depth along the length of the path chosen for the walkway may vary in depth because the surface of the ground is uneven, but you want to make sure that the base is even and level. It’s easy to check this using a common carpenter’s level or a fancier laser level.

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So you think you can do it yourself?

Don’t try this at home!

Every homeowner likes to think he or she is handy in some way – maybe you’ve replaced a faucet, painted a room, even installed a dishwasher, or done myriad other projects around the house. How hard can it be to take down a tree or install a patio?

The short answer is “hard”.

There are countless stories of property owners injuring themselves or others attempting to remove a dead or an unwanted tree. Some people attempt it with inadequate equipment or inexperience in using the right equipment. Not everyone can handle a chainsaw or work safely high up in a tree to dismantle limbs and trunks correctly to avoid dropping them on a house or across power lines.

Safe tree trimming and removal more often than not requires trained, experienced arborists with the right cutting and safety equipment to keep themselves and others out of harm’s way while carefully dropping the tree exactly where it should go or correctly sectioning and lowering it so that it can be properly disposed of without harming people or property.

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A New Driveway: Beauty and Benefits

A New Driveway: Beauty and BenefitsA quality driveway adds considerable functionality and beauty to your property. In fact, even the most expensive and attractive home will be diminished by a poorly designed and installed driveway.

Although many people opt for traditional asphalt driveway, more and more homeowners are thinking outside the box and opting for a variety of highly-attractive alternatives such as cobblestones, brick, stone, and pavers. Even a regular asphalt driveway can be improved tremendously with an attractive paver or cobblestone edge or apron that acts as a stylish transition from the road to your property or your driveway to your garage.

So while asphalt driveways are a good cost-saving option and add longevity, enhancing it with an attractive alternate hard surface such as pavers will beautify it and add a unique touch to your property.

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Why Masonry Increases Property Values

Outdoor Kitchen in MA

Nothing puts the “fun” in “functional” like hardscapes when it comes to outdoor living. Let’s face it, there’s only so much volleyball and badminton you can play on the lawn before your family and friends get tired of hanging around in your backyard.

That’s where masonry comes in.

A well-designed and professionally installed hardscape such as a patio, fire-pit, or even outdoor kitchen adds new functionality, excitement, and just plain fun to your property. After all, who doesn’t like to hang around a cozy fire on a starlit summer night or chilly fall evening?

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