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Choose the Best Outdoor Living Features for Your Home

Summer is Approaching – Think of Ways to Enhance Your Outdoor Space

Are you trying to choose the best outdoor living features for your home? There are many things to consider before making the initial call. The possibilities are quite endless, and it can feel impossible to decide what outdoor living feature will work best in your front or backyard. Will you add a retaining wall for seating and erosion control, or go big with an outdoor kitchen or water feature?

Your home is your sanctuary. Why not add a getaway-like feature to your property? This month, we’ll explore some of the different options homeowners in the area have to amplify their property. Some of these options may be more budget-friendly than you think.


Add a Retaining Wall for Stability and Style

One way to add some flair and style to your outdoor living area is to add a retaining wall. Retaining walls are multi-functional and can add stability to the area, especially if your home is on a slope. Some common materials for retaining walls include wood, stone, or blocks. Depending on the need or style you prefer, the cost may vary.

As This Old House reminds us, retaining walls must be properly engineered in order to do their job. Without proper drainage or sizing, you may notice cracks or damage on the wall. The team at Bedrock Gardens has the proper experience in hardscapes and can create a beautiful retaining wall on your property. You can use this wall as extra seating or to decorate further. You will be surprised at how versatile retaining walls can be for your outdoor living space.
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Outdoor Kitchens Can Make Your Home the Envy of the Neighborhood
Do you regularly entertain outdoors? If so, consider a practical outdoor living feature that could be used in various seasons. Outdoor kitchens are a great example. Adding a separate space to include an outdoor refrigerator, stove, or grill can totally change the way you entertain. Porch recommends taking your time choosing the location. The kitchen shouldn’t be so close to the home that smoke can enter it, but should be enough that it isn’t a hassle to bring food and drinks back and forth. After all, you want your outdoor living features to be convenient!

Another key aspect of the outdoor kitchen is the materials you want to use. The Porch article mentioned above cautions homeowners against using tile or marble to avoid slips and falls. Using rugs or special treatments can help to make your kitchen safe. Choosing a material that is easy to clean is important, too. Consider adding a tall roof for use even during the rain – which will also keep your appliances dry and safe.


Stay Outside Longer with an Outdoor Fireplace

Imagine this: Your outdoor kitchen is finally complete in the early fall. You enjoy a few weeks of outdoor cooking and eating, but now the evenings are chilly. Your family no longer wants to eat outside, but you’re not ready to throw in the towel just yet. An outdoor fireplace could be the perfect solution. Adding a fireplace to your patio or outdoor space can add extra warmth when outdoors. Extend summer nights with your loved ones by adding in a new fireplace.


Keep it Simple with a New Patio for Your Home

You may be reading this and thinking, “These sound great, but I don’t have the space for these ideas.” There are more ideas for those without a large outdoor space. Adding a small patio is another great way to add a little style to your yard. Consider a small stone patio with a few chairs to spend time alone or with loved ones. Create an outdoor reading nook, or set up some tables for an outdoor eating area. The possibilities are truly endless, no matter the size of your property.


Make the Yard an Oasis with a Water Feature

Our last outdoor living features that we recommend to our customers are water features. Fountains, ponds, and small streams can be a calming, beautiful oasis for any property. Water features can break up the noise of traffic or provide an escape when sitting around it.

Water features can do more than just add some curb appeal and relaxation to your property. Some features can also to help add moisture to the air and help vegetation around your home. Remember to treat the water accordingly throughout the seasons to keep the feature looking great for years to come.


Choose Bedrock Gardens for Outdoor Living Features in Hazelton, PA

Have these outdoor living features piqued your interest? Bedrock Gardens in the Hazelton, PA, area can help. Our team has years of experience in hardscaping and landscape supplies, and we can help make your dreams a reality. We work with residential and commercial customers throughout the Hazelton area. Our team can also deliver and install products.

Bedrock Gardens and Radznel’s Outdoor Specialties are open six days a week, proudly serving residential and commercial customers in the surrounding Hazleton, PA, region. Like us and keep in touch on Facebook. Call today at (570) 501-3154, or email us for more information on outdoor living features.