Fall is a time abundant with warm and cozy associations. Do you see yourself bundled up in a sweater, with a warm mug of something delicious, enjoying the cool and crisp air? Chances are, this image includes an outdoor fire. Whether you imagine an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit, there are several factors to consider in the planning, and as in most things landscape, location, location, location is first on the list. How trafficked is the area in which you are planning to place your fireplace/pit? Should it be on a deck, or patio adjacent to your home? An outdoor fireplace or fire pit will extend your home’s living space, making it an area you can enjoy almost year around, not to mention increase your home’s property value. Keeping in mind how you like to entertain will help you figure out what is the best placement for either a permanent structure or a portable one. For example, if you have a pool, you might want to consider placing the fireplace or fire pit nearby; your friends and family will gravitate towards it after a dip. On the other hand, if you have smaller yard, you might want to put it closer to your house and let the surrounding landscape be a strong supporting player. Whatever you decide, size and scale is always important. Sunrise Landscape and Design has lots of ideas and we are happy to help you pick the best location for what you want. It’s also important to really think about how you will use your fireplace/fire pit. An outdoor fireplace or fire pit will immediately become the focal point of your landscape. The warm glow of a fire is always inviting.
A beautiful walkway and a “come sit by me and stay a while” patio are a wonderful addition to your home, they also increase your property value. Your walkway is the first impression people will have as they approach your home; it should harmonize with the surrounding landscape and should serve as a snapshot of your home’s personality. Something beautiful to see when driving from either side of the street towards your house; it’s literally your home’s best foot forward. A patio, on the other hand is an extension of your living space, where you can express your personality as well as your home’s, and where you can create a vacation oasis within the confines of your property. Paying attention to the design of both of these elements can pay great long-term dividends. For example, having a beautiful, well-maintained front walk increases curb appeal immediately, adds value to your home and not coincidentally, makes coming home each day a more pleasant experience. Who couldn’t use THAT at the end of a long work day? Aside from being unsightly, cracked and damaged walkways present an inherent danger to you and your family, and frankly, to anyone who approaches your front door. Beauty as well as safety need to be taken into account when deciding whether to repair or replace. This is where consulting an expert is critical. A proper evaluation must be done to weigh the cost of repair versus the need to replace completely based on cracking, chipping and potential soil erosion. If you decide replacing is the best option, it’s important to consider the types of materials available. Crushed stone and gravel are inexpensive and easy to install, though the gravel will scatter and need replenishing from
Summer is here and living part of your life outdoors is easy and expected. But have you thought about the fact that it can be JUST as welcoming in the Fall? If you have visions of you and your family and friends gathered around the fire pit roasting marshmallows in October, NOW is the time to plan and make it happen. Creating beautiful, yet functional outdoor living spaces is an outdoor living trend that can add value to your home and endless options to your evenings through all seasons. Sunrise Landscape and Design has over 30 years of experience in landscape design, build and maintenance. We work with you through the whole process – from inception to implementation. Before you start – here are some things to consider to make your dream a reality! Purpose - Your yard should be a go-to destination Spring, Summer AND Fall so start by considering how you really use your yard. Keeping in mind how you really use your space, if you love to entertain, a fire pit may be a better choice than a fireplace because more people can sit around it. If entertaining on a much smaller scale is your go-to, a fireplace provides that cozy feel that encourages hours of lingering. Making space for an outdoor kitchen, whether it’s as simple as building in a small grill to installing countertops, a fully functional sink, a wet bar, and even a pizza oven. Size - The size of the structure should be in direct proportion to the size of your yard. Your outdoor patio or deck can be a big investment, so you want to make sure you have the right size parameters in mind before you
We’ve celebrated our 30th anniversary a lot this year. It’s amazing to think that we’ve been around for three whole decades. Just think: when we started, “In Your Eyes,” “Addicted to Love,” and “Manic Monday” were on the radio! We wanted to take a minute as 2016 winds down to reflect on where we think our next 30 years will go. What industry trends, consumer desires, and personal transformations will emerge? We may not know exactly what lies ahead, but the future looks pretty exciting to us! Industry Trends The landscaping industry is going to have to be more cost-effective and efficient in the future, with an emphasis on higher-quality, durable materials. Alternative Fuels: The biggest change in the industry will be in technology. Trucks will be equipped with solar panels to charge blowers and trimmers, and small, hand-held machines will have batteries that can be charged with solar powered chargers mounted on the trucks. Larger equipment can be powered by propane. These alternative fuels are more environmentally friendly and will be less expensive than gas, allowing companies like ours to stay cost-effective. Better Technology: In addition to alternative fuels, next-generation batteries will hold their charges longer. Other technological advances – particularly in software, email, smartphones, and other devices will expedite communication as well as help streamline operations – enhancing the customer experience and allowing the industry to become even more efficient. Improved Materials: It seems like every day, new materials are being introduced into the marketplace that put the old ones to shame. The idea of painting your deck to avoid deterioration or rot is now a task of the past. There's already some faux stone on the market that holds up to the
We all love outdoor living spaces. There’s nothing better than hanging out in your backyard on a beautiful, warm evening, sipping refreshments and chatting with family and friends. What about the rest of the year, though? Isn’t it sad that we can’t enjoy our outdoor living areas year-round? The truth is – we can. There’s nothing stopping you from turning your summertime oasis into a four-season refuge. All you need is a heating source – and maybe a few creature comforts. Bring in the warmth. There are four different ways you can combat Mother Nature to stay cozy outside: 1. Fireplaces Who wouldn’t love curling up next to an outdoor fireplace on a chilly fall night? A fireplace can be custom-designed and installed by a masonry expert, enabling you to choose the design that works best for your patio and your budget. They can be incorporated into your space for more of a "built-in" look or completely freestanding, creating a new seating area for your outdoor area. The facades can be brick, stone, marble, or even a type of fire-resistant glass. They can also be gas or wood-burning, depending on your preference. If you love details, consider features like built-in wood storage, reclaimed wood mantels, bench-height hearths, and soft, subtle lighting. You can even incorporate a pizza oven for hours of family fun. 2. Fire Pits If you have a smaller space, a fire pit may work better as your heat source. They are extremely popular, so the options are endless. You can build one into your space like a fireplace, customizing it to your needs, or you can purchase one at your local hardware store and simply unpack it from a box. While masonry