Outside Entertainment Areas are GardenWise

Heat up Your Outdoor Space!

Many homeowners over the years have asked us to transform their outside spaces into cozy and intimate areas to gather with family and friends.    It became more of a trend beginning in 2008 as the uncertain economy  prompted  folks to spend more time at home.  I call these small, safe, and intimate areas cocoon spaces and in addition to giving homeowners an inspiring new garden area to escape to with friends, these spaces can increase a home’s value by as much as 15%.  

The cocoon trend continues into 2011, but this year we’re turning up the heat!  Because of recent  technologies and new options from manufacturers, outdoor kitchens and fireplace/pits have become easier and much more affordable to install.  A small and thoughtfully designed outdoor kitchen area gives your home a new gathering spot, and an outdoor fireplace or fire pit adds a multi-seasonal  cozy spot for intimate conversations with family & friends.  And by using a mix of recycled stone and hardscape materials purchased from local artists and quarries, you can take a new “green” step in your garden space.

Outdoor Entertainment Areas

Heat Up Your Outdoor Space!

Transforming an outside space into a cozy and intimate area to gather with family and friends is easier than you may think.  I call these intimate garden areas “cocoon spaces,” which became a trend in 2007 as the uncertain  economy  prompted  home- owners to spend more time at home.   Cocoon spaces are safe and secure intimite garden areas, and in addition to giving home- owners an affordable and inspiring new garden space to escape to with friends, they can increase a home’s value by as much as 15%.  

The cocoon space trend continues into 2011, but this year we’re turning up the heat!  Because of recent  technologies and other new options, smaller outdoor kitchens and fireplaces have become easier and much more affordable to install.  A small and thoughtfully designed outdoor kitchen area gives your home a new heart and gathering spot, while an outdoor fireplace adds a multi-seasonal  cozy spot for intimate conversations with family & friends. 

An added bonus?  By using a mix of recycled stone, and hardscape materials purchased from local artists and quarries, you can take a new “green” step in your garden space while supporting local businesses.  Take it outside this year, and enjoy your garden spaces!

DC’s GardenWise on Shelter from the Sun

“Let sun shelters be your gateway to more gratifying outdoor living–you might even find yourself drifting to sleep beneath your umbrella.”

We’ve had several weeks in the DC-area this season where the temperature has exceeded 90 degrees — today it’s 102!!  I spent the 4th of July in a shaded area near a pool, and even on a 97 degree sunny day, shelter under a very large umbrella with some strategically placed trees with a group of friends allowed for a pleasant and relaxing day.  We even enjoyed a nice breeze or two!

I came across this post from Southern Living about Sun Shelters, and thought it would be a perfect post-4th of July post.   Below is the umbrella from my own yard, which has provided shelter from many sunny days.