One of the hottest trends in pools and home décor these past few years has been glass tile. Glass tile is a beautiful product that comes in so many shapes, colors and textures. It can change a pool from a basic backyard oasis to an elegant, stunning work of art. It can run from affordable to the extremely expensive and everything in between. But one thing that remains is the ability to transform any poolscape from bland to fabulous! Glass tile not only adds beauty and allure to swimming pools, but also, when installed properly, most types of glass tile represent the most durable of all swimming pool and spa surfaces. Take a look at the countless ways glass tile finishes can be used in pool and spa designs. [Read more…]
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Outdoor kitchens have increased dramatically in popularity in recent years. These facilities can be as simple as a space for a barbecue or elaborate enough to support large professionally catered events. The selection of appliances, overall layout, and material selections are almost infinite in scope and “flavor.” If you are dreaming of a kitchen that totally mimics your indoor setup, contact a licensed architect and builder so that the proper permits are filed and the correct appliances are chosen. [Read more…]
Still looking to spice up your outdoor life? Whether your backyard dreams involve bundling up for a chat with a couple of close pals, nestled on a cushioned outdoor love seat, or invite the whole gang over for s’mores and ghost stories, the solution is the same: Just add fire!
Fireplaces create an intimate warm feeling and can invite fun conversations and a romantic setting among family and friends.
One advantage to built-in fireplaces is that they’re protected from the elements – namely wind, which can kick up embers and shift the direction of the smoke – and direct smoke upward and away from your guests’ faces. That protection will also make it much easier to light.
As far as materials go, Unique Companies build out your fireplace in a material that matches or coordinates with the other materials in your outdoor space: brick, stone, marble, tile, you name it. Aesthetically, the sky’s the limit. Some are wood fueled, and others are hooked into your home’s natural gas line just like any indoor fireplace would be.
Built-in fireplaces definitely offer an extra boost of aesthetic appeal that a free-standing fire pit won’t. Installing one will also add value to your outdoor living space if you keep it in top shape; that kind of high-end extension to your indoors makes the patio livable for more months out of the year. [Read more…]