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48f86600-0cca-4c16-acee-ac3c8692878a-thumbFurnishing the outdoors of your home is important because it will determine how much time you spend outside. If you have unfitting furniture, you will likely not enjoy your time outside, and as a result, you will not go outside as much as you would if you had fitting deck furniture.

Taking a few critical details into consideration when comparing your options will help you choose furniture for your deck that meets or exceeds your expectations.

Invest in Comfort to Entice Outdoor Activity

Whether you are on a budget or not, choosing furniture that is uncomfortable will likely lead to an uncomfortable experience outside. It is ideal to prioritize comfort because it will motivate you to go outside, especially when you need to relax after a long day of work.

Pick the Right Material

Although you may have materials in mind, you need to make sure the materials used for furniture are good for outdoor use, which means resistant to fading and have UV protection. Deck furniture that can be disassembled for cleaning is often the best choice because it makes deep cleans possible.

As far as low maintenance goes, materials such as wicker and rattan make excellent choices. These materials only really need some additional weatherproofing as the years pass by, making them one of the least demanding furniture material types that you can have on your deck.

Get Proper Shading for Hot Days

In order to remain comfortable outside, in addition to comfortable furniture, you need to have adequate shading to protect you from the beating sun during summertime. As nice as it can be to soak up the sun on your deck, you should still have a shade cover, whether it is natural or man-made.

Contact us to learn more about getting the right deck furniture for your home.


If you missed your opportunity to invite your friends and family over for a fun get together over the Independence day weekend, it's not too late to throw a fun bbq bash this summer. If you begin planning now, you can have a fun end of summer party that will really send the sunny season out with a bang.

Start with your guest list. Once you know how many people you are inviting you'll be able to move on to planning food, entertainment and other details. 

Don't limit your guest list due to your current seating capacity. Extra patio furniture is a great investment, because once you have the adequate seating for entertaining, you are more likely to throw parties in the future. If you haven't shopped for patio furniture in a while, you will be surprised at the high quality of outdoor furniture that will add style to your backyard, while requiring very little maintenance. Sectional style pieces offer you the maximum amount of seating and comfort with a flexible set-up.

If you want to throw a party your guests are sure to remember, ditch the traditional BBQ foods like hot dogs and hamburgers and cook something a little more exotic on your grill. Lobsters are surprisingly simple to cook on your grill, as are clams. Grilled pizza is becoming more and more popular and there are some great recipes online, or you can invite your guests to create their own masterpieces.

If you need to transform your outdoor entertaining space, please contact us. We would love to help you create a backyard oasis that your friends and family will love to visit.




tools-that-will-come-in-handy-when-cooking-on-your-outdoor-fireplace-fairfax-vaOne of the best things about owning an outdoor fireplace is the ability to cook delicious meals on it. To make the most of your outdoor fireplace, a few unique cooking tools will come in handy:

  • Crane and Dutch oven, which can be useful for cooking stews and soups, or slow-cooking beans. For best results, purchase the crane and Dutch oven together so you can be sure they are compatible.
  • Rotisserie, which can allow you to cook whole chickens or leg of lamb until they are browned to perfection
  • Pie iron, which is typically made from cast iron and somewhat resembles a press. This tool is perfect for making grilled cheese and Panini sandwiches, in addition to numerous desserts
  • Skewers, to make everything from shish kabobs to roasted vegetables
  • Kettle popper, in order to make hot delicious popcorn with only a few drops of oil

In addition to these tools, a simple grate like those found on most park grills will enable you to cook directly over an open fire. Choose a grate with supporting legs that elevate it three to four inches to prevent food from burning. While you can use nearly any metal pan on one of these grates, cast iron cookware is preferred because it conducts heat well without becoming too hot. Your skillets will ideally have very long handles to make it easier for you to use them without getting burned.

There’s something about food cooked over an open fire that is appealing to everyone. If you don’t yet have an outdoor fireplace, contact us to find just how easy it is to install one in your own backyard.