Why Outdoor Fireplaces Are a Stable Trend

Written by  | Friday, 12 December 2014 17:16

3315 101413 gs3315There’s just something special about sitting around an open fire. For the last few years, outdoor fireplaces have been a popular choice amongst homeowners looking to transform their outdoor areas into relaxing retreats. Unlike most new fads, outdoor fireplaces have shown a stable trend and remain a popular choice in 2015.

Simple and Stylish

The average American spends the majority of their day working; with so much to do each day, we could all benefit from a little more simplicity and relaxation, both of which can be found by sitting around an outdoor fireplace. Whether you are reminded of the days of your youth—making s’mores and sharing ghosts stores—or you’re simply intrigued by the natural element of fire, the idea of sitting around a fireplace is so simple and comforting. The right fireplace will add style and value to your home, as well.

Endless Entertainment

The options are endless when it comes to adding entertainment around your fireplace. From LCD screens to stereos and even outdoor kitchens, you can design the perfect outdoor living area equipped with all of your entertainment needs.

On the other hand, outdoor fireplaces also offer a relaxing retreat from the endless array of modern entertainment. When you need a break from television, social media, and smart phones, you can simply step outside and enjoy a quiet night with the ones you love. Just sitting in front of the fireplace and talking to others will provide hours of entertainment on its own.

Money and Energy Saving

On cold nights, you can save money on heating by cozying up next to the outdoor fireplace; you will simultaneously be helping the environment by reducing the use of electrical resources. In addition to reduced heating costs, you will further increase your savings by spending more time outdoors—i.e. keeping the lights off inside, no televisions or other appliances being used, etc.

Installing an outdoor fireplace will add warmth, style, and comfort to your outdoor living area that cannot be matched. Imagine spending cool nights by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and a blanket, talking late into the night with family and friends. Now you can turn that dream into a reality with an outdoor fireplace from Outdoor-FX in Columbus, OH.

Save Time and Money with a Composite Deck

Written by  | Friday, 05 December 2014 17:34

2858 101413 gs2858Composite decks are growing in popularity, and for good reason. Many homeowners are turning to this material over wood due to the reduced maintenance and affordability it offers. Outdoor-FX in Columbus, OH offers professional deck installation and highly recommends installing a composite deck. Here is a brief overview of composite decks and what they have to offer you:

What is a Composite Deck?

Composite decks are constructed from recycled materials, such as plastics, polyvinyl chloride, and soda bottles. They can mimic the look and feel of real wood, offering the classic appearance of wood without the high-maintenance and high cost involved with a wooden deck. If you want to save time and money, a composite deck is the way to go.

Eco-Friendly

If you are someone who understands the importance of reducing environmental pollution, a composite deck offers an eco-friendly option for you to consider. Because they are made from recycled materials, they reduce waste and air pollution caused by dumping. Plastic bottles and other plastic materials are repurposed and saved from the landfills. By installing a composite deck, you will be reducing your carbon footprint and participating in the global effort to preserve our earth.

Low-Maintenance

Unlike other decking materials, composite decks offer an extremely low-maintenance option for the average homeowner who would prefer to save time cleaning their deck and spend more time enjoying their deck. Composite decks are specifically designed to resist warping, rotting, and insects, while still being highly durable. A hose that can release water at high-pressure is generally all you will need to keep your deck clean.

Resistant to Extreme Weather Conditions

Because composite decks are durable and resistant to warping and rotting, it makes sense that they can also withstand extreme weather conditions. If you live in an area with heavy winds, rain, or snow, a composite deck will effortlessly maintain its appeal all year long, no matter the weather.

High Quality at an Affordable Price

By installing a composite deck, you will benefit from an affordable material that does not require you to compromise on quality. Made to be long-lasting and durable, a composite deck will give you the most bang for your buck. It is less expensive than wood and other decking materials, making it affordable to the average homeowner.

In short, composite decks are affordable, durable, can be made to look like real wood, can withstand extreme weather conditions, and they reduce environmental pollution by recycling waste. It’s no wonder that composite materials are becoming increasingly popular and preferred by most people.

Materials to Consider for a New Pool Deck

Written by  | Friday, 28 November 2014 18:06

boyd pool 01 584 600 450 80 rd 255 255 255When it comes to your pool deck, you want it constructed from high-quality materials that will last. There are pros and cons to all materials, and your own personal preference will ultimately determine which you choose. Outdoor-FX in Columbus, OH offers professional pool deck installation as one of their many services and they recommend a few different materials to consider using for a new pool deck.

Wood Pool Deck

Wood pool decks are affordable and offer a classic appearance, making them a popular choice. Wood, however, requires regular maintenance—painting, staining, and sealing—and should only be used if you can commit to the required maintenance schedule; otherwise, you may experience warping, rotting, twisting, or cracking, among many other issues.

Poured Concrete Pool Deck

Poured concrete decks are another affordable option that can be customized to fit your own personal style. Concrete can be stamped to resemble stone, tile, or brick; it can also be finished in a wide variety of colors.

Stone Pool Deck

Stone decks offer a natural aesthetic with a timeless appearance. Stones are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. If you have a natural looking pool that utilizes boulders or cascading waterfalls, a stone deck will fit beautifully. They are highly durable and can be added to almost any architectural style.

Concrete Paver Pool Deck

Concrete paver decks offer a wide variety of style, shapes, and colors to choose from. You have the option to use the same size or to create patterns using different sizes/colors. Not only are concrete paver decks highly customizable, but they are highly durable, as well, making them a popular choice.

Composite Pool Deck

Composite decks are man-made and constructed from recycled materials. They are becoming a very popular material and for good reason; the low-maintenance, high durability, and low cost makes composite decks an attractive option. They can be made to mimic the look and feel of real wood, offering the beauty of wood without the high-maintenance. Composite decks are also specifically designed to resist warping, rotting, and insects.

Cook under the Stars after Installing an Outdoor Kitchen

Written by  | Friday, 21 November 2014 18:11

outdoor kitchens 02 447 600 450 80 rd 255 255 255The kitchen is truly the heart of the home: It is a place where the family gathers to cook meals, converse about their days, and it is the place that produces holiday dinners for extended family and allows you to hosts guests for drinks and appetizers.

We could all use a little more outdoor time, though. With work, school, social media, and television, most of our lives are spent indoors under artificial lighting. The best way to have the comfort of your home with the freedom of the outdoors is to invest in an outdoor living space. Outdoor-FX in Columbus, OH provides homeowners with the chance to cook under the stars by installing an outdoor kitchen. Just a few of the many benefits include:

More Time Spent with Family and Friends

Once you install an outdoor kitchen, it will be like the family’s shiny new toy that everyone wants to play with. It is a wonderful concept that most people love: all the modern conveniences of an indoor kitchen while still being able to enjoy the old-fashioned outdoors. Regular kitchens are not always big enough to accommodate large families or extra guests, which is why an outdoor kitchen provides the much needed space to spend more time with family and friends.

Full-Functioning Kitchen

Outdoor-FX provides a complete line of outdoor kitchen features and options to suit your needs. From the size and shape of your countertops to the number of stovetop burners, you can customize and design everything you need with their team of experts. Installing an outdoor kitchen will provide you with all the amenities you’ll need—even a refrigerator and a kitchen sink. Extras, such as an attached barbeque pit or extra lighting are also available.

Two Kitchens are Better Than One

If you are used to hosting large parties and get-togethers, you may have been overwhelmed a time or two in the kitchen. With so much to cook and prepare for, having an entire extra kitchen right outside will literally cut your prep-time in half and leave you with more time to enjoy your own party.

Versatility and Flexibility

The most obvious reason for installing an outdoor kitchen is probably the versatility and flexibility it offers. Sometimes we all just need a breath of fresh air; especially in the warm summer months, it can be miserable to cook indoors. Being able to move your cooking outdoors will give you the flexibility you always wanted so you don’t have to turn to fast-food. Instead, you can heat up the barbeque or enjoy the breeze while eating outdoors. Outdoor-FX is dedicated to making your outdoor living space dream come true.

Comparing Wood and Composite Decks

Written by  | Friday, 14 November 2014 18:17

06large 345 600 450 80 rd 255 255 255If you enjoy being outdoors, you should consider transforming your ordinary outdoor area into an extraordinary outdoor living space. Decks provide a place to relax outdoors without leaving the comfort of your own home. You have plenty of options to consider, from design style and amenities to the materials used for the decking.

Outdoor-FX in Columbus, OH offers both wood and composite decks to choose from. Each material has its own benefits to consider before making a final decision. Here is a brief overview of wood and composite decks:

Wood Decks

Wood decks offer a classic and timeless appearance that appeals to many homeowners. For some, there simply is no replacement for this natural material due to its earthy feel and aesthetic appeal. Whether you are looking for a simple or elaborate design, wood will fit graciously with any style.

Wood decks are durable and if they are constructed properly, they can last a very long time. The downside to consider before choosing wood is the high-maintenance. It can become checked, twisted, or cracked with inadequate maintenance. If you want the natural and unique look of wood, it is necessary that you take proper care of it to keep its appeal.

Composite Decks

Composite decks are made of recycled materials, such as plastics, polyvinyl chloride, and soda bottles. They often mimic the look and feel of natural wood without the high-maintenance and potential problems associated with wood. They do not require painting, staining, sealing, or periodic refinishing, nor are they likely to split or warp.

Composite decks also resist insects and decay. When it comes to durability, composite decks can withstand natural elements, including rain and sun. One of the most important factors to consider when choosing between wood and composite decks is the maintenance required. Composite decks are extremely low-maintenance, making composite materials the top choice for many homeowners.

Before choosing between wood and composite decks, consult the experts at Outdoor-FX to ask any additional questions you may have.

outdoor kitchens 01 446 600 450 80 rd 255 255 255Most homeowners would agree that an outdoor living space is a wonderful investment; not only will it increase the value of your home, but the added space will be a true breath of fresh air for your family and your guests. Outdoor-FX in Columbus, OH takes pride in transforming unused spaces into breathtaking outdoor living spaces with fireplaces, kitchens, and more.

The use of decorative concrete is a long-time trend among both businesses and suburban dwellers alike. From fashionable shops to condos, decorative concrete adds a unique feel and style anywhere. Whether you have an existing slab or you want to pour something new, decorative concrete should be highly considered.

Aesthetically Appealing

One of the many benefits of decorative concrete is that it provides an aesthetic appeal to your outdoor living space. You will have a wide range of finishes to choose from – including unique dyes, stains, and sealers – and the design options are limitless.

Durable

Concrete flooring in itself is known for its durability which is what makes the material such a popular choice; decorative concrete is no different. The finishes are done professionally so you can rest assured that even the most beautiful concrete finishes will provide the tested durability of concrete.

Cost-Effective

Decorative concrete provides homeowners with a high-quality material at an affordable price. It is less expensive than brick, stone, and tiles, making it the most cost-effective option for adding style to your outdoor living space. By using decorative concrete, you can save money without compromising aesthetics or durability. The money saved can be used to further enhance your outdoor living space.

Maintaining decorative concrete is also very easy and cost-effective. Plain water is usually enough to remove most dirt and grime. Wax and home polish can also be applied to maintain a sheen look and shine.

Tips to Add Some Colors to Your Walkway with Pave Stones

Written by  | Friday, 24 October 2014 18:33

4997-101413-gs4997A lovely pattern of paving stones makes your walkway beautiful. Stone circle kits are among the most famous new products offered by providers of flagstones and pavers for patios. The colors you select for your pavers and walls may have a remarkable effect in your outside space. Here are a few tips to add some colors to your walkway with pave stones.

Picking a Style for Your Stonework

The style you select should be one that makes up the majority of the space which is to be paved. A narrow pathway or trail by means of a garden, for example, will not show the complex beauty of a far-reaching enthusiast as well as the broader sweep of a complete veranda. However, a veranda can be as easy as an equally spaced coursed design or as complex as a tiled mosaic circle set into a squared framework.

The style you select should complement the color and type of rock that you have selected. The best surface of your rocks could be paving, sawn, or naturally domed. A well-polished sawn stone lends itself naturally to more complex designs that rely on color coordination as a setting design. A paving stone adds a more rustic appearance to your work of art, and recovered stones provide the time-worn appearance of casual sophistication.

Color and Designs

A paving stone path lets you make a walking surface that is separated by colors, as well as designs. Brilliant pavers may add a spot of color, an exuberant dignified splash, multi-hued, or lively pattern to your walkways. It's possible for you to use colored pavers to accentuate the curve of the walk, add subtle direction markers, or even supply a visually spectacular addition to the straightforward action of walking along a trail.

Add an Emphasis or Edge

Do you believe that one color is boring? Add an edge, emphasis, or inlay into your layout with another color to generate a subtle variant that's appealing to the eye. By applying the exact same emphasis in your walls, columns, or planters; you'll develop a cohesive look and feel, and also make your job feel really unique.

Fitting and Strong Brick

A brick path, whether interlaced or placed side by side, suggests the timelessness and sturdiness of an old town cobblestone road. Brick houses can be accentuated by using brick pathways, drives, and entrance walkways that bring the design to outside areas.

If you need help with designing your beautiful walkway, Outdoor FX in Plain City, OH can help.

Concrete Seating Ideas

Written by  | Friday, 17 October 2014 18:42

268-101413-gs0268Selecting an outdoor landscape and seating area for your house can be an overwhelming task as there are plenty of options available to choose from, both in terms of layout and also in terms of materials. Amongst various materials that can be used for various seating arrangements, concrete seating options can be quite interesting, and they offer unique benefits. Here are a few concrete seating ideas for your yard:

Concrete Benches

Whether you are looking for a patio garden seating or a quality outdoor sitting arrangement, concrete benches provide a versatile, durable and low maintenance option. The smooth surfaces of good quality concrete benches are durable and will withstand harsh weather conditions. Placing comfortable padding and cushions will make it look cozy, comfy, and inviting. This serves a great area for socializing. 

Concrete Tree Stump Stool

Having a real tree stump as table or stools is a fun idea. However, they arefixed and difficult to vary seating arrangement for outdoors. There is an alternate for tree stump lovers in the form of lightweight hollow cast made from concrete material that is finished in the shape of tree trunk. These not only look classy but add an earthy twist to the seating arrangement. These stools can easily be repositioned and can even be moved indoors.

Concrete Dining Furniture

Concrete slab table can be made of Eco concrete, which is a lightweight mix of granite, marble powder, stone, cement and natural fiber. You can opt for concrete sitting stools, chairs or benches along with this table or can even use wooden or metallic chairs to go with this concrete table. Outdoor dining options can be great fun with family and friends. Concrete material gives the inherent advantage of durability, low maintenance and long life.

Concrete Seating Chairs

Concrete chairs in the garden or patio can be a great seating option. These chairs can come be designed in various shapes and sizes, and can be made comfortable and stylish by using cushions to cover the hard surfaces. The concrete seating chairs can be even made from lightweight natural fiber cement, making them easy to reposition.

For more outdoor design ideas, and for assistance in making your yard an amazing escape, contact Outdoor FX in Plain City, Ohio, who will be happy to assist you.

Awesome Accessories for Your Patio

Written by  | Friday, 10 October 2014 18:50

patios03-513-600-450-80-rd-255-255-255Many people enjoy spending quality time outsides on their patios. You can make such time more enjoyable by accessorizing your patio. There are many things that you can include in yourpatio, but there are some that offer more benefits than others. The following are awesome accessories to make your outdoor space feel and look more fun and inviting: 

Fireplace

Adding a fireplace in your patio makes your patio suitable for use during all times of the year. It is advisable to choose a fireplace with materials that blend well with your patio. 

Fire Pit

It is slightly different from fireplace but still provide warmth and an inviting atmosphere. It is a unique patio addition that can be enjoyed by anyone throughout the year. It will make your hangouts on the patio more interesting, especially with friends and other family members. 

Summer Kitchen

It is multi-functional and makes your patio more attractive. Cooking outdoors on a regular basis can even make your meals more interesting. Moreover, you will not be heating the interior of your home up since you will be cooking outdoors. It can make your patio a more welcoming place for your friends. 

Umbrella 

Umbrellas provide shade for your patio seating. You will definitely appreciate having some shade during the day, particularly if you live in areas with that get very hot during the summer. Relaxing under an umbrella provides comfort when the sun becomes too hot. 

Patio Furniture 

High quality patio furniture is among the most important accessories that you can add to your patio. The furniture comes in a wide range of options which are not affected by inclement weather. Be sure to have some comfortable furniture in your for maximum comfort when relaxing with friends. 

And for all your outdoor design needs, do not hesitate to contact Outdoor FX, in Plain City, Ohio.

Choosing Where to Put an Outdoor Fence

Written by  | Friday, 03 October 2014 18:56

fences03-270-600-450-80-rd-255-255-255Fencing is mainly installed for property owners, company owners, as well as public facilities, such as ball fields, track fields, playgrounds, and more.

If you are looking to have a fence installation, you can get in touch with Outdoor-FX in Plain City, OH to decide on what works best for you and where to put your new fence.

No matter what kind of fence you decide on, you need to take the things into consideration.

Size of Your New Fence

Ask yourself how long you need the fence to stretch out and how large you expect it to be if you need one. Will this particular fence go along the property lines? Will the fence just cover a small area for containment reasons? Will the new fence act as a landscaping enhancement? Will this fence be a field border? No matter what it will be used for, you will need to determine the overall length of the run to figure out how many pieces you will need.

Gate Options

As for the gate if you do need one; determine the size and the functionality of the gate, such as swinging from the left, swinging from the right, having a latch, having a lock, etc. If you decide on a tiny gate for individuals and pets exclusively and in several months' time you choose to purchase a brand new couch; how is the delivery team going to get the couch into the house in the event the little gate is the sole entrance? So take that into consideration as well. Be sure you can fit equipment, vehicles, people, animals, or anything else that will pass through that gated entry. If you have more than one gate, determine the size for each entry point based on its uses.

Fence Styles

Choose a fashion you enjoy: Including a fence to your property will alter the entire appearance of the landscape. Some homeowners favor timber as it seems more organic and mixes in nicely with the environment while some favor the look of ornamental wrought iron. You can also opt for vinyl fencing and choose your privacy level as well.

To help, look at other fences on other properties and take the notes of the designs which interest you personally and can serve the right uses. Then you can get with Outdoor FX to talk about which designs and materials are most suitable for your premises.

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