With many Kansas Citians working from home this past summer there’s been more time to assess their property and identify areas that are ripe for home improvement. While home office enhancements and kitchen upgrades rank high on the indoor to-do list, new and improved outdoor entertainment zones top the most wanted list when it comes to making the great-escape from home-as-office to home-as-respite from the ding of new emails and the intrusiveness of Zoom calling.
There’s no time like the present to transform a dated concrete patio into your picture-perfect private sanctuary. A place far from the maddening crowd where you, your family and your close friends can happily spend time together enjoying each other’s good company and camaraderie. This past year Heinen has helped dozens of customers create unique and inviting outdoor spaces – perfect for entertaining, outdoor dining and simply enjoying the comfort of their own backyards. Heinen can help you too!
Fire it Up
Spark conversation with an outdoor fireplace or fire pit and add a warm ambience to your outdoor living space. Not only do fire pits make functional and stunning accent pieces, but thanks to the heat they produce they may also be enjoyed year-round. Firepits have also beome the perfect accessory for making the most of a “staycation” – a getaway that requires no travel – just a little imagination! There are more fire pit design and style options than ever before and, an outdoor fire feature can be custom fit to most any size outdoor living area. Wood fire pits are perfect for those who love the nostalgic crackle of burning timber and the authenticity of a campfire, while propane and natural gas versions are ideal for those who prefer a less smoky experience – with little to no preparation time!
Summer’s in full swing and what better way to enjoy the warm weather than spending mealtime outdoors? The term al fresco loosely translates to “in fresh air” – which is exactly the appeal of having breakfast, lunch or dinner outdoors. An outdoor dining area often includes open, scalable seating areas – suitable as a table for two, or a larger family get-together. Stylized tablescapes, comfortable, cushioned seating, and custom, adjustable lighting can turn a plain patio into a jubilant environment just as suited to an elegant dinner party as it is a casual afternoon burger-bash with friends and family. Barbecues, patio picnics, and outdoor dinners deserve an upgrade.
From the delicious aroma of seasoned meats introduced to heat, to the general nostalgia that converts house to home, it’s no surprise that the kitchen is the natural gathering place of nearly all living spaces. Just as indoor kitchens are the focal point for the interior of many homes, so too are outdoor kitchens when it comes to backyard gatherings. Like their indoor brethren, outdoor kitchens are not just for cooking or barbecues, they’re also a hub for entertaining guests. By installing a fully functional kitchen – equipped with a nice size grill, substantial storage, and built-in mini-fridge – you’ve created a social hub that allows you to serve as host, chef and, if you like, even bartender! With endless options for customization, an outdoor kitchen addition is the perfect accessory for any homeowner fond of hosting outdoor get-togethers.
Add life to your yard – literally – by incorporating gardens, a mix of flower beds, and a variety of potted greenery and colorful plantings. A designated garden nook can give your backyard both a peaceful outdoor sitting area – and spark the backyard area up a notch with dazzling color. And, by choosing plants that are native to Kansas City and the Midwest, you’ll provide assurance that your garden area can withstand this region’s ever-changing weather patterns. A garden nook can take on a variety of forms – from small to large, private to wide-open, and much more. When planning, in addition to determining what is appealing to your personal taste, there are several other things to consider – like planting seasons for various plants, shrubs and flowers. Another option is opting to add plant boxes around the perimeter of your yard or patio. Not sure where to start? Heinen is here to help!
Ready to get started on your own picture-perfect patio or outdoor living area? Give Debbie at Heinen a call at (913) 432-5011 for a complimentary consultation today! And be sure to take a look at client projects on our website for more outdoor living ideas and follow along on our social media accounts to see projects in progress!