12 Outdoor Kitchens That Will Get You Outside

12 Outdoor Kitchens That’ll Get You Outside

Outdoor Kitchen Installation by Florida Coastal Contractors

Outdoor Kitchen Installation by Florida Coastal Contractors

Dreamy and downright drool-worthy, these outdoor kitchens are all the inspiration you need for a backyard reno.
While surfing through the internet looking for design inspiration we came across this great article that was originally posted on HGTV.com and wanted to share it with you. It was written by Allie Holcomb King who is is a contributing writer for HGTV.com.

Allie writes… When designing an outdoor space, personalization is key. This is especially true for outdoor kitchens. Design with your preferences and lifestyle in mind to get the most out of your space. If you’d rather just order pizza, don’t install an outdoor pizza oven. If you’re a grill-master, opt for the tricked-out grilling station. You’ll be much more likely to get outside and use your space if it speaks to your culinary tendencies.

I’ve rounded up some of our best outdoor kitchen designs for inspiration. Take a look, and see which ideas work for you.

Fire Pit

Paver Patio With Fire Pit

Image Credit: Neil Podoll Photography

A fire pit adds a cozy element to an outdoor kitchen, making the space a destination as daylight dwindles.

Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor Fireplace

John R. Wood Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Similar to a fire pit, a outdoor fireplace lends a sense of comfort to an outdoor kitchen. Consider adding a fireplace if you’re aiming to bring the indoors out.

Pizza Oven

Outdoor Kitchen with Pizza Oven

Image Credit: Daniel Driensky

If you enjoy making homemade pizzas, this one’s for you. If you’re totally down with delivery (no judgment here!), skip this one.

Bar

Outdoor Kitchen - Bar

Image Credit: David Guettler Photography

Do you plan on crafting more cocktails than meals? Make the bar the focus of your outdoor kitchen.

Tricked-Out Grilling Station

Outdoor Kitchen Appliances

Image Credit: Lindross Remodeling

Attention, grill-masters! This is your time to shine. The bells and whistles available for grilling stations are endless. Again, choose based on your tendencies and preferences.

Bar + Grill Combo

Outdoor Kitchen & Grill Combo

Image Credit: Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

The bar and grill combination is perfect for entertaining. Barstool seating creates a casual hangout spot for family and friends.

Pool House + Kitchen Combo

Outdoor Kitchen and Pool House

Image Credit: Steve Silverman Imaging

Also ideal for entertaining, the pool house and outdoor kitchen combination creates a space where adults and kids can simultaneously gather.

TV(s)

Outdoor Kitchen and TV station

Image Credit: HGTV.com

Sports fanatics, meet top-of-the-line tailgating. Your friends will be begging to come over for the big game.

The View

Outdoor Kitchen With View

Image Credit: James Haefner

If your locale’s this lovely, let it do the talking. Design your outdoor kitchen to accentuate the view.

Pergola

Outdoor Kitchen Under Custom Pergola

Image Credit: Atlanta Deck and Fence

Create shade with a beautiful pergola. A pergola also provides somewhere to mount light fixtures and fans.

Vent Hood

Outdoor Kitchen Stainless Steel Appliances

Image Credit: Roger William Photography

If your outdoor kitchen has a partial enclosure or roofed covering, it’s a good idea to install a hood to vent smoke and odors.

Dining Area

Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Area

Image Credit: JWT Associates

Carve out a dining space within your outdoor kitchen to make dining alfresco a breeze.

Paver Patios

Paver Patio Professionally Installed by Florida Coastal Contractors

Paver Patio Professionally Installed by Florida Coastal Contractors

This one was added by Florida Coastal Contractors. We just couldn’t resist. Just thinking here… You would have to put all these fantastic ideas somewhere, right? Well contact our office at (904) 827-3962 to schedule a free consultation and quote appointment for your paver patio where our designers and installers can help you realize all these great ideas.

Florida Coastal Contractors Quality Work

Check out this video for the quality work you can expect from Florida Coastal Contractors professional team.

NOTE: This article (except for the last paragraph) was first curated from http://www.hgtv.com and can be read in its entirety here.

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How to Get Started on Landscape Redesign

How to Get Started on a Landscape Redesign

Whether you are starting from scratch or are reimagining the outdoor space of somewhere you’ve lived for years, getting started on a landscape redesign can feel like a daunting task. The prep work that you do upfront — maybe even before you start contacting professionals — can streamline conversations and save time down the line.

Nailing down your budget, how you’d like to use the space and what landscape styles appeal to you most can help keep a project on track and ensure that you’re happy with the end result. As a first step, read this guide and take a critical look around your yard.


Photo by Andrew Grossman – Landscape Design

Assess Your Existing Landscape

What do you want to change? What do you want to keep? Distinguish the areas you’d like to reimagine, the ones you’d like to stay the same and anything that falls in between — spots that don’t need to be entirely redone but that could benefit from small updates, such as changing the material of a path or replanting a bed beneath a mature tree.

What problem areas exist? If lack of privacy from neighbors is an issue, factoring in a combination of fencing and plants for screening may be one of your backyard priorities. Are there any site-specific challenges, such as an underutilized slope or a poorly draining corner? A professional will be able to tackle these situations and help set your budget accordingly.

Tropical Deck
Photo by Cezign – Tropical Deck

Establish a Garden Wish List

Now we’re getting to the fun part. If the sky were the limit, what would be in your dream garden? Would you have an outdoor lounge? Poolside cabana? Full-size pizza oven? Saltwater pool? Dreamy outdoor lighting? Try not to get bogged down in the cost or feasibility of each element, but use this as a brainstorming exercise that may help reveal the different or coinciding dreams of the people involved in the project.

Once you’ve written everything down on your wish list, review it and identify which elements are top priorities, which ones are less important and any that aren’t possible this time around. You can circle back to this list at any point in the project as you evaluate where to save and where it might be worth it to splurge.

Modern Patio
Photo by B. Jane Gardens – Modern Patio

Consider How You’d Like to Use Your Outdoor Space

As part of coming up with your garden wish list, or as a separate exercise, identify the activities you’d like to do in your new outdoor space. Do you want to use it for dining? If so, for how many people? Maybe you would like to create a lounge or a space for growing edible plants.

Identifying your outdoor-use priorities and the number of people you’d like to accommodate can help determine the size of a future deck or patio, for example. It also will help the designer better understand what to place where in the landscape.

Go a step further and think about when you’d use each area of the yard. If you’re hoping to use a lounge during the evening, for example, you may want to plan for sources of light and heat. Like a fire pit.

Contemporary Landscape
Photo by Kate Eyre Garden Design – Contemporary Landscape

Also think about practicalities that you may have forgotten. Do you need storage for outdoor tools or sports equipment? Do you have a place to put garbage and green-waste bins?

Transitional Patio
Photo by Urban Oasis Design & Construction, LLC – Transitional Patio

Set a Budget and Consider Phased Construction

Establish how much you can afford to spend on a landscape redesign. If you have enough funds set aside for the entire project, you can complete the design and installation at once. It’s also possible to break up a project into smaller, more budget-friendly phases. This is called phased construction.

Tip: If you do decide to phase the construction, it’s best to first work with a backyard design professional on a complete master plan. He or she will be able to tell you what makes the most sense in terms of installation order and which projects can be bundled together.

Beach Style Patio
Photo by BOXHILL – Beach Style Patio

Refine Your Landscape Design Style

Determining or refining your landscape design style is an important part of your project, so take your time with this step. Start by creating a Houzz ideabook to save images of landscapes that appeal to you.

Cast a wide net during your initial inspiration-gathering phase, but then edit your images to feature one or two defining styles. Aim for styles that fit with your climate and site and your home’s architecture. This will help set your project off on a clearer direction and result in a more cohesive landscape.

Your landscape designer also can help guide you through this process by explaining how a certain style can be achieved with plants that grow well in your area or by working within your proposed budget.

Home Design
Image Credit: http://www.Houzz.com

Get an Existing Site Plan

Pull out copies of your home’s blueprints, if you have them, and look for an overall site plan that shows property boundaries, existing outdoor features like mature trees and the locations of utility lines. If you can’t find a copy of your home’s site plan, most city or county planning departments will have it on file and can give you a copy for a fee.

If the site plan is up to date, your landscape architect or designer will be able to use it as the foundation for your new landscape plan. If your plan is not up to date, you will need to carefully remeasure your property or hire a property surveyor to do so. Site measurement also can be handled by a contractor, landscape designer or landscape architect and can be bundled in the cost of your landscape redesign.

Make multiple copies of a current site plan once you have one. You’ll need them down the line to draw up designs and hand over to landscape professionals.

Traditional Landscape
Photo by C&H Landscaping

Learn the Basics About What Grows in Your Area

It’s well worth it to familiarize yourself with plants that you may want to add to your yard, regardless of whether you’re working with a professional. If you want your plants to have specific characteristics — including drought tolerance and attractiveness to wildlife — consider working with a local professional who specializes in those plant types.

Plant knowledge, whether your own or a professional’s, can help save you time and money by getting the right plant in the right place from the start. The plants you choose also will affect the cost of the water and maintenance required to keep them thriving.

Traditional Landscape
Photo by Jeremy Allen Garden Design

Tell us: Are you planning a landscape redesign? What helped you get started on your project? Share your thoughts in the Comments.

NOTE: How to Get Started on a Landscape Redesign was written by Lauren Dunec Hoang and was initially published on http://www.houzz.com.

From Dream Backyard Builders

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How to Install Pergola Post Brackets

How to Install Pergola Post Brackets

Custom Pergola Installation Post Brackets
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If you’re building a pergola, you will need to find a way to install your pergola posts. There is a simple way to install footings (check out this article on installing deck footings) if you want to put the posts directly into the concrete, but many experts contend that for the long-term, installing post brackets into the concrete is the better choice. Brackets, which keep the wood post out of the concrete, tend to extend the life and support of the post wood. This tutorial will walk you through the straightforward process of installing brackets into concrete for mounting 6×6 pergola posts.

For 6×6 pergola posts, 12” concrete forms are recommended. Also, check your zone for the freeze depth to determine how deep your concrete support needs to be. In our zone, this is 30” deep. Use a hand saw to cut the 12” concrete form to size. Place the form into your dug hole.

Run strings as needed to determine the placement and/or alignment of your pergola post, then check the bird’s-eye view of the strings. Depending on the type of your bracket, be sure that the part of the bracket that will be extended into the concrete is in the inner third of your concrete form. In this example, the 6×6 brackets have a central post.

As you can see on the second form, though, the bracket post will not be in the inner third of the concrete form, so the hole needs to be dug out and moved to the right.

Use a pry bar and/or shovel to make the hole bigger on that side. Clear out the dirt.

Place the concrete form back into the hole and check for the bracket placement. This is better; as you can see, the post is in the safe zone. Of course, perfectly centered is always best. But that doesn’t always happen.

Spray an inch or two of water into the bottom of your concrete form.

Pour some bags of fast-setting concrete into the concrete form. (You can add a little water in between each bag, if you want.) It’s important to find concrete mix that is specifically for posts; this allows you to mix directly in the hole, rather than having to pre-mix in a bucket or wheelbarrow or whatever. It’s a very slick and convenient way to do concrete in an instance like this.

Use the pry bar in an up-and-down movement to mix the powder and water. Remember that this concrete is fast-acting, true to its name, so you need to mix it thoroughly but quickly. This mixture is too watery at this point.

Add water or small amounts of powder until the top is a semi-solid mixture that will hold the bracket in place. Remember, it doesn’t need to be perfect. Don’t take too much time getting the mixture “just right,” but be aware that the concrete needs to be able to support the bracket exactly as it sets and dries.

When the concrete is ready, place a small string with a very small weight at the bottom of it on the corner joint of your strings.

Gravity will work in your favor, giving you a third line for “leveling” the bracket – two up top at the bird’s-eye view, and one hanging down from there.

Immediately push the bracket into the concrete in as close to the actual placement as possible. Adjust as needed, but time is working against you from this point on, so be quick.

When your bracket is perfectly positioned, use a small hand shovel to press concrete tightly up against the bracket post.

You can also slope the concrete away from the bracket post, or just to smooth the concrete flat if you want. Check everything for level one last time, then leave the bracket alone while the concrete dries and does its thing. Congratulations! You’re one step closer to completing your pergola…a step that is arguably the most important one, too. When the concrete is completely dry, you’ll be ready to mount your modern pergola posts.

PLEASE NOTE: This article was written by Brittney Smart and was published first on http://www.homedit.com
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This video may also help you understand this process a little better…

This is an in-depth article explaining how to properly install pergola posts brackets. It can get very complicated quickly and your custom pergola installation process needs to have these posts installed correctly in order for you to enjoy your pergola with your family and friends for years to come.

Florida Coastal Contractors encourages you to call our office to schedule your Free consultation with your local pergola builders who are very experienced in custom pergola installation. We will answer any questions you have and even give you a Free custom pergola construction estimate. Our office number is (904) 827-3962. Our friendly staff is waiting for your call.

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Florida Coastal Contractors LLC Launch

Florida Coastal Contractors LLC Launch

Company management decided to re-post articles that feature Florida Coastal Contractors on our blog. We are starting our “In The Press” series by republishing a Press Release from May 3, 2018 about us launching our services which include, but not limited to custom patios installation, custom pergola installation, custom outdoor kitchens installation, outdoor fireplace installation, and outdoor fire pit installation in St. Augustine area.

Please read following Press Release on this topic we have republished below…
https://marketersmedia.com/paver-installation-contractors-in-st-augustine-fl-announce-new-business-launch/340101

NOTE: Press Release originally appeared on www.MarketersMedia.com/Florida-Coastal-Contractors-LLC-Business-Launch

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How to Install Pergola Posts

How to Install Pergola Posts

Pergola Installation Contractors

Building a pergola is a wonderful way to add value to your home and your life. Pergolas are instant gathering places and provide a beautiful boost to the exterior of your home. In order to build a pergola, of course, you will need to install the pergola posts. This article uses the post brackets that you have already installed and will show you how to mount your wood posts to those secure brackets.

Before you install your posts (this example uses 6×6 cedar posts, rough cut), you want to make sure their surface is smooth. These rough cut posts will benefit from being run through a planer to make them smooth and take stain easier and better later on.

Run the posts through a planer carefully, taking off just enough of the post to create a smooth surface but not more than that.

Because a 6×6 post (these are 10’ in height) is heavy, it’s a good idea to set up some roller supports, both in the front and the back of your planer, for weight help.

One person can guide the post into the planer, and a second person can help to pull the wood out of the planer. Keep track of the sides that have been planed, and rotate your posts evenly as you plane the sides so that you maintain an even square.

One benefit of using a planer on your pergola posts is that smooth wood exhibits the gorgeous wood grain better than rough sawn wood. These variations in the wood are beautiful.

The end goal of planing your posts is two-fold: (1) create smooth surfaces on all sides of your post, and (2) ensure it fits snugly into your bracket. These 6×6 posts were actually 6” square in their rough-cut state; the bracket only accommodates 5-1/2” posts. Although the posts were smooth and even early on in the planing process, they had to continue through the planer several times in order to lose 1/2” and fit into the bracket.

Once they’re smooth and ready to fit the bracket, you have two options: (1) install the pergola posts immediately, or (2) finish (e.g., stain or paint) them. These were stained prior to being installed, which required them to be cleaned off so the stain would be absorbed by the post itself.

After the stain has dried completely, you can install or mount your pergola posts. Pick one post and set it into your bracket, which has been positioned and installed in concrete.

Position the post on the bracket so that it aligns with other posts or deck lines, as appropriate for your building project. At this point, you need to always have one person supporting the post; it is not safe to leave it freestanding without being secured into the bracket.

Check the post for level. There will be some give in the “leanability” of your post the higher up you go, which is good news for building a pergola. Check for level on two adjacent sides of your post. With someone holding the post in as close to a level position as possible, it’s time to begin securing the post to the bracket.

To give the post initial support, use the screw holes in your bracket to temporarily attach the post. Be sure to use exterior-grade screws, 2-1/2” recommended.

Once the screws are installed on the bracket edges on both sides of your post, it’s time to predrill holes for your lag bolts. Recommended are 1/2″ thick lag bolts, 2-1/2” in length so they travel to the center of your post but don’t run into each other.

Always use a washer when installing lag bolts in your exterior construction projects.

Use a ratchet to tighten the lag bolts one at a time.

It’s a good idea to tighten lag bolts in opposition to each other. These bolts were tightened from 1-4, in that order.

With your pergola post screwed and bolted into place on its bracket, it is now safely freestanding.

Repeat this process for any other pergola posts you’ll need. In this instance, the far corner needs a pergola post.

In some instances, you may need to dig out some ground or grass in order to install the lag bolts and screws into the post. This isn’t a problem for grass; simply remove it in large chunks, keeping the soil and grass as intact as possible. Replace the grass as quickly as you’re done working in this area.

Congratulations! With your pergola posts installed on their brackets, you’re ready to move onto the upper pergola frame. It should be stated that you’ll want to install your pergola frame as soon as possible so the postsaren’t subject to forces that will make them wobble.

This article was written by Brittney Smart and was published first on http://www.homedit.com
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Check out some additional pergola installation tips in this video:

Florida Coastal Contractors provides free design consultations and free estimates for pergola installation. If you are thinking about building a pergola and looking for an experienced local pergola contractors please call our office at (904) 827-3962 and our friendly staff will assist you in scheduling your free appointment.

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