How to Host an Epic Pool Party

How to Host an Epic Pool Party

How to Host an Epic Pool Party

With summer coming to a close, there’s no better time to host a backyard pool party. Pools provide endless hours of memories and enjoyment. Hosting a memorable pool party is just one way to maximize pool ownership. Click To Tweet

Hosting a Pool Party

A beautiful pool seems like the natural destination for a party, but hosting a successful pool party requires a bit of planning. Landscaping should be spruced up, the pool and patio should be clean, and any outdoor updates you’ve been putting off should be done.

Pick a Theme

Pricking a theme will help you decide on colors, decor, food, and drinks. For example, a Mardi Gras party would feature bright purple, gold and green decorations, feathers and beads. Serve shrimp cocktail, jambalaya, andouille and Cajun-inspired cocktails.

Provide Plenty of Food

If you want guests to stay the day, it’s essential to provide food, even just a table of appetizers. If you’re hosting a high-end soiree, you may choose to have the food catered, but if it’s a laid-back party, then a cookout or potluck will work.

Don’t Forget Drinks

Whether you choose to have cocktails or refreshing nonalcoholic beverages, drinks should be in line with your theme. You can come up with creative names for each drink to fit your theme. Be sure to have ice on hand and cute cups to serve them in. If it’s a kid-friendly party, opt for paper cups.

Entertainment

A pool is pretty much entertainment central during a pool party, but be sure to provide alternative entertainment. A lounge area with a television under a covered patio can provide shade and relaxation, while yard games like corn hole and darts can give people something else to do.

BYOT

Unless you want to wash a million towels, include in your invitation a BYOT (Bring Your Own Towel) reminder. Keep a few towels on hand for guests that forget, but this will save you a lot of time and energy!

A Day to Remember

Good food, good friends, music and refreshing drinks make for a wonderful day around the pool. Now that you’ve put in the work, it’s time to sit back and enjoy!

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The Best Ways to Add Drama to Your Outdoor Space

The Best Ways to Add Drama to Your Outdoor Space

Sometimes, despite your best intentions, you find that your backyard has become a bit drab or boring. Sure, you’d love to entertain and spend time outdoors, but gazing out at a blank canvas, it’s hard to know where to begin. Adding drama to your outdoor space transforms it from a neglected yard into a destination. Click To Tweet

Add Drama to Your Outdoor Space

If you’re looking for a way to make your yard stand out, the answer might be simpler than you’d expect. While most people focus on landscaping, adding an unexpected natural element can spice things up faster than any tree.

Water

A custom pool is the ultimate way to add drama to your backyard. With the right lights, your one of a kind waterscape can cast glittering prisms of light even on the darkest nights. These features are beautiful to look at, both in the daytime and evening hours. With landscaping surrounding it, you’ve got your own private oasis.

Fire

Whether you use your fire feature for making smores in colder months or you just want to create some ambiance, the type of fire feature you choose should reflect your lifestyle. Recessed fire pits are great for modern patios while stacked stone fireplaces add rustic charm.  Consider a poolside fire feature lighting one or more corners of your pool for gorgeous evening drama.

Stone

Building an outdoor living room, kitchen or lounging area is the perfect way to add form and function to your yard. With endless options, from the basic to the luxurious, a stone or hybrid patio can extend your living space and improve the overall look of your home.

Make a Statement

Any of these customized outdoor elements will add a touch of class, making a statement to everyone who visits your home. “Drama” is just another word for interest, and there will be no shortage of that with an outdoor space sure to make the neighbor’s take notice!

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Top 5 Outdoor Updates to Completely Transform the Look of Your Home

Top 5 Outdoor Updates to Completely Transform the Look of Your Home

If you could update or add 1 thing to your outdoor space, what would it be? Too often people treat their front and backyards as the frame around their home, wasting space that could be used to the home’s benefit. Your outdoor space can be functional and beautiful with the right updates. Click To Tweet

Why Bother With Outdoor Updates?

Whether you’ve had the same home for years or recently moved in, there are bound to be things you don’t love about it. Maybe you purchased a new construction and don’t like how barren the yard is, or perhaps your backyard just isn’t being utilized. Whatever your concern, updating your outdoor space can transform the entire look of your home.  

1) Custom Pool

A pool not only adds fun and function to your backyard but creates a stunning waterscape to enjoy year round. With options like waterfalls, slides, fountains and even fire, your pool can make you feel like you’re in a new house!

2) Patio or Deck Renovation

A patio or deck in disrepair can make your whole home seem like an eyesore. Similarly, a small slab of concrete can make a beautiful new home seem unfinished. Fix this issue by renovating your deck and patio, adding to a small patio or extending your deck to make it more practical for your family.

3) Outdoor Living Spaces

One of the biggest outdoor trends in this decade has been the popularity of outdoor living spaces. From an outdoor kitchen to a covered patio dining area, these additions can transform your backyard from drab to fabulous.

4) Landscaping Overhaul

Improving your home’s curb appeal with landscaping has a nearly 100% return on investment and makes a huge impact. It’s a very wise investment to make both for your personal enjoyment, and for the dramatic difference it can make in the appearance of your home.

5) Add Privacy

Most homeowners prefer a home with a fence. The most popular fences are wood or iron, and the addition of a privacy fence can greatly improve the look of your home. No more prying eyes while you soak in your spa!

Form and Function

It’s never smart to neglect the outdoor space around your home. This property is another opportunity to expand your home’s living space.

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Creative Backyard Privacy Options For Your Home

Creative Backyard Privacy Options For Your Home

Sunshine and warm temperatures are now beckoning you and your family outside, so it’s important that you’re able to enjoy your backyard without worrying about curious neighbors. There are many ways to create privacy in your backyard, from perimeter plantings to fences, stone walls, or garden structures. Click To Tweet

Backyard Privacy Options

Finding a privacy solution isn’t a one size fits all endeavor. Perhaps you need full yard coverage, or simply need to block one side of your yard.  Whatever your needs, you’re going to need to create privacy in one form or another. Here are some helpful tips:

Natural Privacy

Property-line plantings can provide year-round screening and shade. Where space is limited, opt for fast-growing evergreens like Italian cypress and arborvitae can provide a simple solution for separating property lines. Planting a mix of deciduous or evergreen trees, shrubs, and perennials create a natural look, particularly if you layer them.

Fence or Wall

A traditional wood fence comes in various styles to complement the architecture of your home. A fence might solve the privacy problem, but it’s not always the most beautiful solution. To break up the plain appearance, add an open lattice top, and planting flowering or climbing plants in front to soften the stark wood. Iron or brick fencing and border walls are also elegant alternatives to wood.

Pergola

Adding a beautiful custom pergola created dimension and privacy in your backyard. It can turn a hot tub into a private soaking area, or a dining set into an al fresco outdoor dining room. Add climbing vines to create a natural Tuscan feel to your outdoor living area.

Maintain Audio Privacy

Even if you can’t actually see the neighbors, you may still be close enough to hear their conversations or backyard ruckus. Maybe you’re tired of the constant traffic noise coming from nearby. Adding an outdoor fountain to your yard or poolscape can mask unwanted sounds with pleasant white noise. Fountains not only create ambiance and tranquility but are beautiful to boot!

A Space of Your Own

Even if you love your neighbors, it’s nice to occasionally step outside without having to strike up a conversation. The whole point of a backyard is to create a safe outdoor living space for you to relax and entertain in. Whether you’re daydreaming of evening swims or private lounging by the pool, you should be able to enjoy your backyard in peace and privacy!

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3 Ways to Create Outdoor Sun Shade Areas in Your Backyard

3 Ways to Create Outdoor Sun Shade Areas in Your Backyard

The Texas heat can make summer days more than a little uncomfortable. If you have a wide open backyard, you may wonder how to create shade so you can enjoy your time outdoors. Sure, you can buy umbrellas or temporary shade screens, but that’s the problem…they’re temporary. You can provide shade structures for your backyard that add value and functionality to your outdoor space. Click To Tweet

Outdoor Sun Shade

Having a beautiful pool is the perfect way to cool off on hot days, but if there’s no shade in your backyard, no one will want to linger once they’re done swimming. You should provide guests with a shady spot to cool off, post-swim or just to spectate.

Pergola or Gazebo

A pergola or gazebo can be built onto your patio or can be a separate structure place further away from your house. It provides partial to moderate shade, but not the full coverage of a covered patio. It’s a great option to pair with natural shade trees for a more rustic look, or to grow vines around!

Covered Patio

A covered patio offers a bit more permanence and shade than a pergola. These are the go-to solution for protecting outdoor kitchens and outdoor living rooms, allowing guests to spend time outside even when the sun is beating down. Electric fans can be added inside covered patios, making them even cooler on hot days.

Natural Shade

Strategically placed trees and large shrubs can play a big role in providing shade in your backyard. Planted near your patio they provide plenty of natural shade on sunny days. Not only do they shield your yard from outside noises, but they make your backyard look lush and tropical. You should be careful planting trees too close to your pool, as they may drop leaves into it or damage it with root growth over time.

Your Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor living has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, making backyard upgrades a necessity for anyone looking to have an edge in the housing market. With the year-round good weather in Texas, there’s never been a better time to invest in your outdoor space than now!

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Outdoor Renovations Sure to Make the Neighbors Jealous

Outdoor Renovations Sure to Make the Neighbors Jealous

With summer upon you, you’ve probably noticed some outdoor elements in your own backyard that could use an update. Perhaps your decking is warped or damaged, or your pool lacks that WOW factor. You don’t need massive overhauls to make a huge impact on your backyard. Click To Tweet

Outdoor Renovations

Whether you’re going for a kid-friendly paradise or an elegant retreat, your style will be an important factor in choosing custom features to add to your pool. Take into account how you spend your time outside and what you want to use the space for the most.

Elegant Water Feature

A beautiful water feature can turn an ordinary pool into an elegant statement. A fountain, waterfall or scupper adds beauty and ambiance to any outdoor space. The noise of the water can also help drown out any nearby traffic or neighbors.

Fun For The Kids

If family fun is what you’re after, you may opt for bubblers or bridges, which make kids feel like they’re at a waterpark. Your backyard will likely become the neighborhood hangout, so be ready for company!

Updated Decking

Updating your decking will transform your entire backyard while enhancing the safety of those using your pool. Damaged wood decking can make for easy foot injuries or slips, and should be replaced every few years. Opt for unique, lasting material like stamped concrete or natural stone for more longevity.

Pulling It All Together

Renovating your outdoor space might require just a few small additions or a bigger project. Whatever you’re looking for, try to keep the big picture in mind. A beautiful pool surrounded by overgrown landscaping makes for an odd sight. Pull it all together, ensuring the end result is breathtaking.

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