The beautiful city of Tampa, with its incredibly lovely weather, is one of the best places in the entire world to relax outdoors. With our warm, sunny weather, it’s no wonder that so many people throughout the world come here for their vacations and retirements. People don’t travel to Tampa from across the world to spend their time indoors. No, it is gorgeous weather and the outdoor tranquility that attracts so many people to this magical place. Even on our hottest days, people love to get outdoors. Knowing that this is one of the most, if not the most popular attraction of this wonderful city, we have put together this article to address what needs to be done to make your Tampa backyard the most ideal place to spend your time relaxing outside.
Cooking in the backyard may very well be the absolute best way to spend time outdoors with your loved ones. If you are planning on hosting guests or having parties in your backyard, it is essential that you have a cooking area in your backyard to eliminate the need to go back and forth from your kitchen to your backyard.
The ideal backyard cooking station has three essential components. Coming in first place for absolutely most essential is the grill. Second is the countertop, and third is a place to store and keep your beverages cold, and fourth is cabinet space. You can always have a stand alone grill and an ice chest, but the ideal backyard cooking station takes all of these components and integrates them into one cohesive whole unit. With a grill installed into the countertop, along with a built in mini-refrigerator and plenty of cabinet space to hold dishes and utensils, you’ll have everything you need to ensure you won’t be making trip after trip to the house and back.
When it comes to building a patio, there are essentially two main choices to consider. The options can basically be boiled down to either a wooden deck patio style, or a tile based patio style. Both options have their pros and cons.
Wooden patios are always a beautiful choice. They provide the opportunity to choose the kind of wood used, and what kind of wood you choose goes a long way in determining the aesthetics of your backyard. The downsides of wooden decks include the risk of splinters, as well as the risk of decomposition. While wooden decks look fabulous here in Tampa, with our humid environment, the moisture in our air does compromise their structural integrity over time. A wooden deck will require maintenance over the years, but the aesthetic value they provide may well be worth the work.
Tile patios are another great option that don’t carry the same risk of decomposition that wooden patios have. Tiles also offer a great source of customization and there are a lot of options out there regarding the style of patio tiles. One thing to consider when choosing a tile-based patio is that the color of the tiles will greatly influence how hot they get in the sun. Dark colored tiles are more likely to get scaldingly hot in the summer sunlight than light colored ones. While tile patios are certainly more durable than wooden decks, the materials are usually quite a bit more expensive. However, this cost may be offset in the long run by the lack of maintenance they require.
While basking in the sun is one of the best ways to spend your time in the backyard, it’s extremely important to have some kind of structure that can provide a shady space in the backyard. Installing an awning, or building a gazebo-like patio cover is the best way to diminish the chances that the intense heat on a sunny summer day will make your backyard too hot to inhabit. Here at Premiere Builders, you have a number of options for building a shady spot in your backyard. Retractable awnings are a great way to create shady spots on the go, and they offer the opportunity to create an area that can be customized to match your mood, as well as the weather.
If you are someone who enjoys hosting guests and throwing parties in the backyard, we suggest taking the route of having a more permanent structure built in the backyard. Stand-alone structures, such as gazebos, help to provide a space in the backyard that can be enjoyed by large groups of people by creating a more intimate setting. The main thing you want to keep in mind when planning to build these types of structures is the overall size. You want to ensure that you can keep your cooking area covered, as well as have enough space to fit some kind of furniture in the shade, along with some kind of table/surface to hold food and beverages.
The best modern backyards you will see all have these three components. Taken together as a cohesive whole, these components will define the experience you, along with your guests, have in your backyard. Here at Premiere Builders, we want to help you get started forming the great memories you will have in your backyard. If you’ve been considering getting your backyard remodeled, or have been thinking about installing any one of these features, we are the ones to get the job done. We offer free estimates on all of our services, and we can’t wait to get to work turning your backyard into the oasis you’ve always imagined. Get in touch with us today!