It seems like everyone is trying to make better use of their outdoor areas these days, and one of the most popular things to do is to put in a new BBQ area. You can make it as fancy or as simple as you’d like, but the bottom line is you will be set up better than ever for those awesome summer gatherings you love to host. Before you start doing anything though, check out the following guide to setting up a new BBQ area.
Get a new BBQ
If you are going to go to the trouble of setting up a new BBQ area, this is probably your best excuse ever to go ahead and upgrade your BBQ as well. BBQs these days are miles ahead of those made even 10 years back, so take your time and research what’s out there, because your new BBQ area needs an awesome new BBQ to do it justice.
If you have worked in the restaurant industry in the last 15 years, seeing stainless steel in the kitchen is certainly nothing new. And as people have started getting more professional with their cooking at home, stainless steel can be seen popping up all over the place in modern residential kitchens too. There are many advantages to using stainless steel; the following looks briefly at some of the many benefits of using stainless steel for a cleaner kitchen, whether in the restaurant or at home.
Easy to clean
One of the biggest reasons for the rise in popularity of stainless steel in modern kitchens is that it is extremely easy to clean. Stainless steel won’t absorb dirt and won’t be compromised by smudges or greasy fingerprints, all of which are easily wiped away using warm soapy water. As the name says, stainless steel won’t rust, stain or discolour, which will save you a lot of elbow grease throughout the years as well.
Choosing the right heating for your home can be a matter of life and death or, at the very least, a matter of a huge energy bill or not. Make sure you provide just the right level of heating for your home, because while you don’t want to have to be cold, you also don’t want to be wasteful. The following takes a look at some of the different ways that you can choose to heat your home.
If you live in a very small place and have a very large supply of firewood, heating your home this way can be an extremely efficient system. It may require a little more effort in terms of the chopping of all that firewood, but it will surely give you a better appreciation for the amount of resources an average person goes through.
Colour design rules for home decorating seem to be changing all the time, but when it comes to smaller and more central parts of your home such as your kitchen, the hard and fast rules have long remained the same. You will likely have heard some of this old-school advice before, so make sure you heed these words of colour wisdom, so that your kitchen can look as awesome as possible.
Use bright or bold colours as accents
While it might seem like a fun idea to paint your entire kitchen a bright colour, painting big areas a bright colour will often create an effect that is a little too intense. Instead, go with colour a bit less vibrant for the main parts of the kitchen, and use your bright, bold colours for accents. This will still provide a vibrant and lively effect without being too overwhelming, and often the smaller the patch of bright colour, the brighter it will appear to be on the wall.
It is easy to accumulate more stuff than you have room for. If you are having a hard time downsizing your living room, you are going to need to find a few new ways to store everything that won’t impact your ability to use your living room. Chances are that you aren’t fully utilising the space you have in your living room; the following are some simple tips to help you get more out of every inch of space you have.
One of the best ways to get more storage space out of your living room is to bring in a large trunk. Though it will take up a lot of space, the trunk can take the place of a regular coffee table, or even a bench, and will provide a huge amount of extra storage space at the same time. If you have kids, having a large trunk can be an especially good way to keep toys for the kids close by but out of sight, making it easy to do a quick clean up just before company arrives.
The kitchen is the life of every house, and a place that most people spend a massive amount of time in throughout an average year. Considering how often you are in your kitchen, and some of the dangerous implements that are in there, it is important that your kitchen has more than enough light for you to see. If you have found yourself struggling to see in there lately, check out the following for possible solutions.
If your kitchen doesn’t have a lot of light, the best way to solve the problem is by knocking out part of a wall somewhere and putting in another window. This definitely isn’t cheap, and is only a solution if you own the place you live in. Pretty much everyone wants a well-lit kitchen, so apart from making it a far nicer place to be, you will also be significantly increasing the value of your house.
Making your living room more comfortable can make for a much more welcoming and relaxing environment. Sometimes even a small addition can make all the difference, so rather than just always hanging out at your friends’ places, make a change or two and see if you can make your living room a little more comfortable. The following ideas are all sure to help.
Having lots of cushions of all shapes and sizes is a fantastic way to make your living room a more comfortable place to hang out either on your own or with friends. Scatter pillows over your couches and chairs; you can even have larger pillows scattered around the floor, as some people will prefer sitting on the floor with a nice fat pillow.
While new appliances are coming out all the time, the same set of ‘essential’ appliances has remained the same for decades. Today’s versions of must-have appliances are far more advanced and sophisticated than those of decades gone by, though they remain essentially the same amazing tools, and help save time in the same ways they have since they first came out. The following appliances continue to be ones that every household really should have.
You could live without a fridge, though it wouldn’t be easy, as without refrigeration it is almost impossible to keep any perishable food in an edible state for more than a couple of days. Apart from helping preserve perishable food for longer, having a fridge helps provide some of life’s biggest luxuries, like cold beer and frozen ice cream, and living without simply pleasures like these is not really living at all.
Depending on the colours you use, your choice of colour in the kitchen can make it seem like either a vibrant or sterile place. Your kitchen is the centre of your house, so make sure you create the right look and feel there — you’re bound to spend a huge amount of time in there every week. Having the right colours in your kitchen can make it easier to relax after work, feel creative when cooking and be efficient when you don’t have a lot of time. The following are some tips and considerations for using colour in your kitchen.
Give it a splash
If your kitchen has been painted well, but in boring colours, try adding some colour via the items in your kitchen — such as bar stools, appliances, light fixtures, etc — rather than having it completely repainted. Adding colour in this way will allow you to switch up your colour scheme more regularly, and is also a very classy way to add a personal touch.
Back in the day, a good outdoor entertaining set up was a BBQ and a kiddie pool, but times have changed a lot since then. While BBQs and kiddie pools most definitely still have their place, outdoor entertaining has become a lot more elaborate, with a whole realm of toys and gadgets. If you feel like you’re ready to take your outdoor entertaining to the next level, try incorporating some of the following into your backyard setup.
Mobile outdoor heaters are making it so that it’s still worth having guests over for an outdoor event, even though it may be a little cooler outside. A prominent feature in outdoor areas across the hospitality sector, mobile heaters have become a fantastic way to get more use out of your outdoor entertainment areas at home. If your crowd are more the outdoorsy types, getting a nice fire pit put in might be a better option, so you can let your guests show off their wood chopping skills and have your heating provided the old fashioned way.