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Never Settle for a Home You Don't Love


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Never Settle for a Home You Don't Love

When I was finally ready to purchase my first home after I graduated from college and found a stable job, I was on a tight budget. I settled for a house that was "good enough" for the time-being, but knew that in the future I would move to a larger one. Once I met my wife and she moved in, we thought about moving but loved the location of our home and had made great friends with the neighbors. For years, we thought we had "to settle" with the home we had since we didn't want to move, but recently, we decided to have several of our rooms remodeled. We are now in love with our home and think everyone should live in a home they love! We decided to start a blog to share what we learned about home construction and remodeling during the process!

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Are You Building An Outdoor Kitchen?

Do you enjoy entertaining friends and family members in your back yard? Perhaps you are known as a master chef as you have great recipes that you create on your grill. If that's the case, you might be interested in building an outdoor kitchen. From arranging for masonry services to adding equipment to your outdoor kitchen, here are some ideas that might help you. 

Masonry Services

Consider the type of flooring you will have for your outdoor kitchen even before you contact a mason to do the work. Look at house and garden decorating magazines to get ideas that might help you to design what you want for your floor. For example, you might see a picture of a swimming pool that is surrounded by flagstone. That picture might inspire you to have a flagstone foundation for your outdoor kitchen. A mason will have the training, the skills, and the experience to give you ideas on how to create a truly unique foundation for your outdoor kitchen. For example, you might show him or her the picture of the swimming pool that is surrounded by flagstone. The mason might suggest that you add extra drama to the floor by using bricks along with the flagstone.

Do you want a cooking island as part of the outdoor kitchen design? Consider having the mason create the island out of the same materials that he or she used in the construction of the foundation. The same brick that was used to enhance the flagstone foundation of your outdoor kitchen might be used again when the mason builds your outdoor fireplace. A complementary stone might be used along with the brick in the construction of the outdoor oven where you will also do your grilling. Again, the mason will have the experience to coordinate all of the masonry work to complement each other. 

Outdoor Kitchen Equipment

As you plan the design of your outdoor kitchen, think of copy-catting your indoor kitchen. For example, you'll more than likely want a sink that will aid in food preparation and in washing your hands. And, of course, you'll want a refrigerator so that you won't have to keep going back and forth to obtain items from your indoor kitchen refrigerator. Consider having storage for dishes, serving pieces, and cooking utensils as part of the outdoor kitchen design. The mason that created your foundation, the fireplace, the island, and the outdoor oven will even design an attractive storage unit that has doors on it that will protect the contents.