Enjoy Your Outdoor Space All Year Round With These Tips

  • Heat things up – Step one is getting a heat source. No matter where you live, at some point it’s probably going to get a little cooler and you’re going to want some sort of heat. A fire pit is a great way to add heat and a focal point to your backyard space. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company offers tons of options from ready-to-finish, to custom to something you can buy today and have installed by next week.
  • Hot tubbin’ – Hot tubs are immensely popular backyard additions, but when the temperatures start to dip down, they are especially inviting. After a long day working, a night out or just wanting to relax, people love spending time in hot tubs. There are so many options now too if you don’t want a huge budget commitment. Inflatable hot tub options for a few hundred dollars are plentiful if you don’t want a major investment.
  • Decorate for the holidays – If you’re going to be partying in your backyard year-round, celebrating all the holidays is a must. For Halloween, have a pumpkin carving contest. For Thanksgiving you could host an outdoor potluck for friends and family. A Christmas tree on your deck will be a must during Christmastime. There are so many options when it comes to holiday decorating that you’ll want to spend all your time in your yard during every holiday.
  • Put a roof on it – Taking shelter from the weather is a must if you’re going to extend the life of your backyard. A gazebo, pergola, curtains, privacy screen or partitions are all great ways to shelter yourself from rain and snow and feel cozy and private from neighbors.
  • Cozy it up – Having warm blankets and throws available will be crucial if you want to spend time outside during the cooler months. Lots of pillows and cushions is also a great way to amp up the cozy factor. Bonus: adding a hot beverage station! People will hang around longer if hot beverages are readily available. Having a hot cocoa bar is a great way to add fun and flavor to your backyard space.
  • Weatherproof – Making sure your furniture is weather-resistant is a key factor in making it last longer for you and for your guests. Furniture made of materials like teak, steel or wicker can be great options to help stop Mother Nature from ruining your evening. Another option is buying protective covers for your furniture and other items that you keep out in the elements. Polyester covers that can withstand wind, rain and snow and using them when your furniture isn’t being used is a great way to help them last longer.

Transform Your Backyard into an Oasis with These Tips

With people spending more time at home these days, making your backyard the best hangout spot it can be is imperative. If you’re looking to make your backyard a true oasis, we’ve got a few helpful tips to take your backyard from boring to beautiful.

Provide Shade

It’s important that people feel comfortable if they’re going to spend hours in your backyard. Providing shade can extend the length of time you spend outside, whether it be protection from the sun or rain. Great options are umbrellas, awnings, or retractable canopies. If you’re looking for a more structural option, a pergola covered in vines can be both beautiful and green.

Colors & Patterns

Adding colorful pillows, cushions, and blankets to your space can brighten it up instantly. Opt for weather-resistant materials that will withstand UV rays, wind, or anything else Mother Nature may have to throw at it. Using an outdoor rug to add color and coziness to a patio is also a great option that brings the space together.

Outdoor Lighting

There are so many options now if you want to light up your space and give it that extra glow. Outdoor string lights can add extra sparkle as well as outdoor lamps, candles, or torches. All of these have outdoor or flameless options as well that make them even safer to use. If you don’t have a place to plug in, solar can be another great option to add lighting without electricity. 

Add Privacy

If you live in town and your neighbors are close, privacy can be hard to come by. Sometimes a privacy fence is out of budget, but there are several options that can be affordable and give you the privacy you desire. Adding a lattice wall, vines or tall bushes, outdoor screens or curtains can be a great way to give you privacy from your neighbors. All of these options can make your space feel cozier and more intimate instantly.

A Warm Fire

A fireplace or fire pit can give you a natural focal point and help to define your backyard space. Built-in or mobile options can both be great in creating a warm and inviting space. An added bonus of fire is that it can extend the life of your backyard, making it easier and cozier to use later in the fall and winter.

Cozy Seating

Providing a lot of seating options can be the best and most inviting way to make your backyard an oasis. Couches, loveseats, and chairs are obvious choices in backyard furniture but there are less obvious options that can make your space even more comfortable. Chaise lounges, oversized poufs, and hammocks are less traditional ideas that are great for lounging around, reading a book, or sunbathing in your space.

8 Ideas for Decorating Your Porch This Fall

It’s finally the fall season and pumpkin spice, sweaters, haunted houses, and apple orchards are on everyone’s minds. If you’re in the mood to start decorating your home for fall, you can’t forget the space that greets all of your guests: the front porch. Get inspired by this list below of fall front porch ideas to help you get into the autumn spirit.

1. Use Harvest Materials There are tons of low-cost or even free options if you look around your yard. Cutting a branch off a tree with yellowing leaves can look great in a vase. Filling planters with mums can be a great way to transition your typical summertime flowers into a fall focal point. Gourds, squash, and pumpkins can be grown in your yard and make great decorations for fall vignettes.

2. Hey Hay Bales! Hay bales can also be a traditional look for styling your porch for fall. Using smaller bales that can be stacked on one another looks great and you can top it with a bucket of mums. Mixing them with larger pumpkins can help to achieve a great fall scene.

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3. Create a Cozy Seating Area As temperatures begin to cool, setting up a cozy space to enjoy your porch is a must. Using a large bench and loading it with pillows and blankets can help you extend your porch’s season. Adding a fire feature can also be a great way to extend your porch’s life well into fall.

4. Fall Florals Using traditional colors of fall flowers is a great way to ramp up your porch style. Mix flowers that are orange, red, and yellow to make your porch scream autumn. A few flowers that are great to use would be chrysanthemums, sweet alyssums, sunflowers, or strawflowers.

5. Welcoming Doormat A trend lately has been to layer your doormats in the fall. Using a fun checker patterned rug under your traditional doormat is a great way to get an elevated cozy look. We recommend using a larger rug that has a lot of patterns and placing a more traditional, coir mat on top of it to achieve the look.
 

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6. Make it Spooky If you’re a fan of Halloween, adding spiderwebs, witches’ hats, monsters, and jack-o-lanterns is a great way to make your porch spooky for October. Black and purple are traditional colors used for Halloween décor, but incorporating oranges and greens is a great way to level up the spookiness.

7. Put a Wreath on It There are a ton of wreath options available in stores now depending on the autumn look you’re trying to achieve. Grapevine wreaths are a great way to add a pop of color to your front door. Golden wheat wreaths are a great look for fall and are a more neutral pallet. If you’re looking to save a few dollars, making your own wreath can be a great DIY project for fall.
 

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8. It’s All About the Pumpkins Pumpkins are a very traditional fall item you see on front porches and in yards all through October and November. There are so many options! You can carve them into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween or leave them un-carved as a great transitional piece into Thanksgiving. Another trend is to paint them with acrylic paint to give them a more customized look.

4 Backyard Trends to Inspire Your Outdoor Makeover

Thinking about refreshing your backyard space? Wanting a different look for the upcoming season? We’re rounding up a few ideas on how you can easily change up your backyard look.

  1. Refresh your furniture – Tired of your same old patio furniture? You’ve got options! Cleaning and power washing your furniture and cushions can give them brand-new life. If you’ve got wicker or wood products, painting or spray painting your furniture can give them an entirely new look for a small amount of money. Don’t like any of these options? You can always buy new. Fall is a great time to start looking for new furniture as much of it hits the clearance section.
     
  2. Add cozy accessories – Adding a rug, fairy lights, or new dinnerware can instantly add a new vibe to your backyard space. Rugs can make a space feel cozy and put together. Fairy lights can add a beautiful ambiance when you’re on your patio. They make some great outdoor-rated options that can withstand wind and rain. New glassware, dinnerware and silverware can make your dining space pop with full colors and patterns. Bonus points if it’s acrylic and won’t break if dropped.
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  3. Plants, plants, plants – There are so many options for plants that you can add to your patio space to make it look refreshed. Plant walls, hanging baskets, standing gardens and potted plants are just a few of the options. Depending on the size of your space, several of these options should be able to help you transform your space. Think about what you really need out of your space. Do you use a lot of herbs in cooking? Maybe a window box herb garden could work for you. Need a little privacy from a neighbor? A living plant wall might be exactly what you need.
     
  4. Adding warmth by fire – A focal point is a must when you’re thinking about making over your backyard space. A lot of people like a fire option because it can also help in extending the time you can use your backyard once temperatures start to drop. A fire table can serve as a great source of warmth, a focal point, and a gathering-around space for friends and family.
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What Are the Different Types of Fire Pit Tables?

Thinking about adding a fire feature to your backyard this fall? We’ve got every size, shape, color, and style you could possibly want. If you’ve dreamt up something special in your mind, we can also make a custom fire pit for your space. Below, we outline all of the different options of fire pits and what could work best for you.

Materials and Styles

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company offers several different types of fire pits depending on the style of your home or backyard.

  • Some of the materials you can typically find in our fire pits are metal, stucco, concrete, tile, wicker, and wood.
  • If you’re looking for a particular shape of firepit, we have linear, rectangle, round, or square. Depending on the size of your yard each of these can come in different sizes.
  • Picky about the color of your fire pit? We’ve got black, brown, grey, metallic or white. Want something custom? We can do that too.
  • We have many different styles of fire pits as well. If you like coastal, contemporary, farmhouse, modern, traditional, or anything in between we’ve got it or can make it for you custom.
  • We make it easy to search for the exact style, materials, price or size you are looking for on outdoorrooms.com.
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Natural Gas vs Propane

We cover this topic extensively in a previous blog post, but if you’re looking for what the differences between propane and natural gas are, here are a few highlights:

  • There is no need to hire a certified gas installer for LP, which can save time and money. With LP, you just need a full tank hooked up to the table and you can start it up almost immediately.
  • You’ll have the freedom of moving your fire pit around your yard with LP because the tanks are portable.
  • An LP-run flame is brighter than natural gas, however, a natural gas flame burns cleaner with less chance for soot.
  • Natural gas is typically hard-piped to your house, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of gas.

Wind Guard vs No Wind Guard

Glass wind guards not only add a layer of protection between you and the flame but also look beautiful when reflecting the flame. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company offers both linear glass wind guards and folding glass wind guards depending on the style you like. Linear sits on top of your fire table and has rubber base stops to hold it in place. The folding wind guards fit into an extruded aluminum frame and serves as a burner cover when not in use.

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Throwing a Summer Outdoor Party

Summertime is the best season to throw an outdoor party. Celebrating an anniversary, graduation, wedding, or ‘just because’ are all acceptable reasons to invite friends and family over for drinks and food. Below we’ve thrown together a few ideas to keep in mind if you’re throwing a backyard bash.

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  1. Pick a theme! Everyone loves a theme and the entire party can be planned around whatever the theme is. Choosing décor, food options, drinks, and even attire can be all dedicated to whatever theme you choose. A theme could be around a holiday like the 4th of July or could be something different like a wine tasting or sporting event.
  2. Party favors and décor. If you’re going with a theme, planning your décor and party favors can be fairly easy. If you’re going with a wine-tasting theme, possible party favors could be small bottles of wine, a bottle opener, or a wine glass. Party planning shops will have plenty of décor to go with your theme or surf Pinterest for great party décor ideas.
  3. Plan your menu and signature cocktail. Food can definitely fit around a theme. Are you having a backyard BBQ? Grilling out could be a great option. A baseball theme? Hot dogs and popcorn would fit the theme. Wine tasting party? Charcuterie boards are a must! Having a signature cocktail or mocktail can also be a great way to tie your beverages into the theme you choose.
  4. Get your outdoor living area ready. Make sure your backyard is cleaned up and ready for people. Rake leaves, prep garden beds, clear pathways of debris and trim low-hanging branches. Make sure your deck or patio is clear of bugs and swept off. Hose down your patio furniture and make sure your cushions are cleaned. If you have an outdoor kitchen, grill or fire pit table make sure they are cleaned off and propane tanks are full and ready to go. Hanging string lights or lighting candles can also be a great ambiance addition.
  5. Be prepared for weather. Make sure you have a backup plan in case it rains. Inside your home, a covered patio or a garage might be a good secondary space to host your party in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.
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Memorial Day Weekend Ideas

Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer and many people look forward to the three-day weekend away from work and hanging with friends and family. Many people have annual traditions they partake in this weekend, but a lot of people prefer to wing their plans! If you’re in the market for a new tradition this Memorial Day weekend, we’ve rounded up a few ideas that could make it as memorable as ever.

Road Trip – Three-day weekends are the best time to explore a new city. Pack up your gear in your car and hit the road. Trying new foods, experiencing new adventures and fully immersing yourself in a new city can be exciting. Sometimes new adventures don’t even have to be hours away. Exploring different parts of your own state that you’ve never seen before can open you up to new experiences as well.

Rent a Boat – If you happen to live somewhere where the weather cooperates this time of year, getting out on the water can be the ultimate kick-off to summer. Get a group of friends together, pack a cooler and rent a boat on a lake for an afternoon. Most cities will offer boat and other water sports equipment rentals for hour increments. You can rent for a half-day or a full-day if you want to be out all day.  It’s a great way to beat the heat and get a start on your summer tan.

Host a Barbecue – Don’t want to go anywhere? Hosting a party at your home can be a great way to get together with friends. Do it potluck style or be the hostess with the most-ess and cook up all kinds of great food. “You bring it, we grill it” is also a fun concept if you’re doing a grill day. Have your guests bring a meat of their choice and cook up a smorgasbord of options. Decorate your yard, fire up the fire table and invite all your friends and neighbors to partake.

Rent a Cabin – Don’t want to go far? Find the closest lake or river and rent a cabin or house with friends. The perfect way to relax all weekend, you can keep it very low-key. Assign meals to each person so you’ve got plenty of food, pack some coolers and relax by the water all weekend with friends. Bonus if you can rent that boat we mentioned above!

Host a Patriotic Party – Everyone loves a theme! Deck out your home in red, white and blue and throw a festive shindig for your friends and family. Red, white and blue fruit salad, cocktails, desserts and more can add a special touch to your party. Red, white and blue napkins, plates and cutlery can be the finishing touch on your patriotic Memorial Day weekend party. You can find a ton of DIY party décor ideas online to add to the fun.

Looking for additional ideas? We’ve rounded up a few other ideas here.

Outdoor Design Trends to Look for in 2022

If the last two summers have taught us anything it’s that our outdoor spaces are more important than ever. People have been upgrading their yards, spending lots of money on making their backyard another room of their home. Gatherings are taking place outside and people are enjoying hanging out around the fire. Here are a couple of trends that we think are going to be big for “backyarding” in 2022.

Outdoor Living Rooms

Extending your indoor spaces is going to be a highlight of summer 2022. Making your patio space cozier with sofas, chairs, chaise lounges, rugs, tables and more is going to be the trend to beat. People want to have an extension of their indoor area, so lamps, pillows, blankets, string lights and more will be additional items to cozy up your outdoor space and extend your living room.

Plants, Plants, Plants

Indoor plants exploded in 2021. With people spending more time at home, they had the time to cultivate their indoor gardens. Expect this trend to continue with not only indoor plants but moving that love to outdoor plants. Making your outdoor space feel like your indoor space with greenery is going to be a huge trend in 2022.

Outdoor Kitchens

Along the same lines as extending living rooms, cooking outside is going to be a major trend in 2022. There’s nothing better than dining alfresco and adding an outdoor cooking space whether it be a grill or pizza oven or something else, is going to be key. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company can help you come up with a great custom kitchen option if you’re looking to expand your outdoor dining space this year. If you aren’t sure where to start with customizing your outdoor kitchen, we’ve got a ton of great tips.

Outdoor Fire

The addition of outdoor fire is going to be a major trend in 2022. People want to use their outdoor space as much and as long as they can and adding a fire feature that gives off heat can do exactly that. Not only do fire pit tables serve as a gathering point on your outdoor space but they put off a great deal of heat to keep you cozy and warm as those fall nights start to creep in. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company has tons of styles and colors to fit any backyard style.

4 Tips for Designing Your Patio

Before you grab tools for building or head to the store to pick up furniture, it’s important to develop a plan on how you want your new patio design to look.  Here are 4 tips to consider when planning an irresistible outdoor patio design:

Simple, modern style Monte Carlo Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your patio theme or backyard oasis

1. Keep the Same Theme and Style

What comes to mind when you think of a getaway paradise? Whether you envision a tropical bliss or tranquil, modern retreat, you’ll want to make sure the design of your patio is dedicated to one particular theme or decorating style. Maintaining the same style for your patio is critical for creating a design that looks cohesive throughout every area of your outdoor room. Incorporating plants, decorations, and colors that align with the overall tone you are going for will assist in creating a place that will provide comfort and peace for you and your guests to enjoy.

There is nothing more stressful than an unorganized or messy backyard. Take extra time in the planning phase of designing your porch to ensure it will be a place dedicated to a clean and consistent look. Spend a few brainstorming sessions and draw out ideas for your look along with goals you want to accomplish once your redesign project is complete. Your future self will thank you for creating an organized spot to relax after a long and tiring day. Be on the lookout for what’s popular in outdoor design for inspiration on planning out your backyard oasis. Here’s a few tips to get your list started:

  • Keep your gardening tools and outdoor equipment away and out-of-sight
  • If you have kids, outdoor toys should only be out when they are
  • Create outdoor zones for clarity on where outdoor activities should take place
  • Use backyard lighting that goes best with your overall decorating style
Modern, easy to care for Cast Ash Lyndale Highback Swivel Rocking Chairs by the Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your patio or backyard

2. Keep It Comfortable

Have you ever experienced furniture that causes back pain after every use? Stay away from furniture that fails to provide proper body support as you map out the look of your deck or patio space. Take extra time during your furniture search to find outdoor-rated materials that feel comfortable and support good posture. These two features are essential for reducing soreness and uncomfortability. Having a rest spot that feels relaxing is just as important as a design that looks pleasing to the eye. Wicker, teak, or Sunbrella® fabric are a few long-lasting and comfortable styles to look for.

Creating a cozy patio means finding the perfect furniture for your space, and what you choose to go with ultimately depends on the layout and size of your backyard. Explore a variety of options to fit the needs and theme of your cozy outdoor patio. An outdoor sectional is a great solution for a homeowner who is constantly hosting family or guests in their backyard space. If outdoor dining is a top priority for your patio design, a set of dining chairs to match your table is the way to go. Owners of a smaller backyard can be pretty creative in how to manage their limited yard space. Consider using side benches or a portable hammock to maximize the square footage available in your outdoor living area.

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3. Keep It Functional

It’s essential to design an outdoor patio that is desirable and functional so you can soak in every moment it will provide. For maximum use of the patio all year long, consider adding a fire feature to your patio design. Bring warmth to your outdoor living area in a convenient and ambient why by incorporating a gas fire pit table. Gas fire pit tables are easy to use and are a smokeless alternative to a traditional wood-burning fire. Featuring fire as the focal point of your dining or lounging area is an attractive and beneficial way to create memories in the comfort of your backyard.

Designing an outdoor kitchen or grill is another practical way to get the most out of your patio area. These popular outdoor appliances come in many shapes and sizes for a unique and custom look. Outdoor kitchens or grills are great for homes who cook frequently and like to dabble with popular grilling foods. Custom outdoor kitchens can also be a practical spot to store drinks and host guests if a mini fridge or bar top is a part of the kitchen design.

Modern, farmhouse design Alcott Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your porch or patio

4. Keep It for a Long Time

The planning phase of designing your one-of-a-kind patio has almost reached completion. The last tip to consider when building out your dream porch space is its durability and sustainability through any weather. Take the time to look for products with reliable, outdoor-rated materials and strong customer ratings as you create a space you’ll never want to leave. Looking through reviews and group forums online or asking friends on where they got their furniture are a few ideas to gain insight on finding the right outdoor amenities for your backyard. While a great patio layout is not cheap, investing in a cozy patio design is well worth the cost in the long run. Investing more up front will limit the time you will have to spend in the future for replacing worn down furniture that has lost its color or durability.

The constant need to move appliances, furniture, and cushions before and after every use will hinder on the soothing experience you’re meant to have when enjoying your backyard. Find a propane fire pit table or furniture that can be left outside to solely focus on relaxation when you enter your outdoor living space. Outdoor rugs, decorations, or lighting should also be able to withstand the elements when harsh weather approaches your area.

Small Project Ideas to Update Your Home

There are many ways to make an outdated home feel new again without completely redesigning your look. Here’s a few small project ideas to enhance the indoor and outdoor rooms in your cherished homestead:

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Build Your Curb Appeal

What is the first thing people see when they park in your driveway for a mid-afternoon visit? Simple landscape upkeep can really make a difference in making you and your home impressionable. Consider adding flowers or some greenery to bring life to the front of your home. A pretty collection of flowers, whether planted in the ground, flowerpots, or in a box under your window, will certainly build your exterior curb appeal.

You can also make a strong and impactful design statement by dressing your door with a different paint color. Change a neutral color, such as brown, white, or black to a brighter color, such as cherry red or sunshine yellow, to really add some pop and create an inviting persona for the front of your home.

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Affordable Solutions for the Indoors

Once people are welcomed into the comfort of your home, what things will they notice when they travel from room to room? Be thrifty with your miniature home makeover by replacing your lights with unique light fixtures, adding low maintenance house plants such as succulents to shelving space, or refashioning older furniture to serve a new purpose, such as turning an older end table into a place for books or board games to be stored.

When the weather doesn’t quite allow for enjoying the outdoors, having a warm and cozy indoor living area is a must for everyday pleasure and excellent hosting. Replacing throw pillows for the couch or even updating family pictures hanging on the wall can create new buzz around a space where you and your friends or family will be making plenty of memories. Dressing up your fireplace with a mantel is one way to add depth and display more accessories in your space. If you don’t want to be limited on where your mantel can be placed, make sure it is non-combustible; otherwise, you will have to place your mantel at a safe enough distance from the heart of your fireplace.

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Your Backyard Is Calling

Warmer months approaching means more opportunity to embrace the relaxing and inviting atmosphere nature can provide. Even if you don’t plan on hosting family barbecues or neighborhood bonfires on a frequent basis, your backyard should be presentable for when those moments come. Create an oasis or paradise affordably by making simple additions to your outdoor living area. Adding weather-resistant side tables for your drinks, including some potted plants for a more natural feel, or hanging outdoor lights above your focal point are a few ways to turn a normal patio or porch into an outdoor retreat.

If you have a few kiddos in your home, consider building a backyard birdfeeder with them for a simple and easy project for the weekend. Gas fire pit owners can switch out existing fire media with a new color or material as a simple project that will give your fire a new, more-defined look.

The little details are what puts together the big picture for you and your guests to appreciate during every visit. Get connected with us on Instagram or Facebook to see how our customers dress up their outdoor and indoor living spaces.

A family enjoying their Denali brew gas fire pit table made by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company in their backyard.
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