Backyard Barbecue Season Is Here!

Newcomers to the desert may think there is something a little backwards about our announcement, as most places in the nation look at summer as barbecue season, but anyone who has spent more than a week in our southwestern paradise knows the truth! Summer is the season of scorch, and we do not want to add to the heat levels standing in front of a fiery and smoky barbecue! When the mercury finally drops below 100, the humidity of monsoon season fades away, and we do not burn our bare feet simply by walking on the deck, it is time to break out the barbecue and start grilling! This guide to backyard barbecue season will help you thoroughly enjoy the next half of the year.

So Many Options

The yards in our neighborhoods can vary quite a lot in size, from postage stamp varieties for townhomes and condos to spacious acreage in county island areas, and the size of your yard will determine how fancy you can get. Those who live in townhomes or condos will need to scale down for obvious reasons, but that does not mean your fun will be scaled down. There is nothing like hot barbecue enjoyed on a cool fall night, shared with your family, and you still have a host of options from which to choose. The tiny hibachi grill that burns charcoal and is perfectly designed for just one or two people, the egg-shaped grill that can be either propane or charcoal, and the fancy electric pellet grills that allow you to smoke your meats are some of your choices, and your barbecue season is guaranteed to be just as exciting as those with bigger homes or bigger yards! Bistro tables are great for dining al fresco and are absolutely perfect for smaller spaces. Hang some twinkle lights, light a couple of candles, and play some soft music as you chow down on your favorite cuts of beef or pork served with ice cold beer; these barbecue nights are definitely going to be memorable!

Built-in Grills for Your Backyard

Larger yards make room for barbecue nights that are a little larger in scale, and if you have the space, why not consider a built-in barbecue grill? Keep it simple with just space for a mini fridge (gotta keep those beers cold!), prep space, and of course the built-in grill. For those who believe it is not true barbecue without the charcoal, built-in grills come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and choices between charcoal and propane! The jury is still out on whether or not an electric grill can be built-in, but if you have an innovative and creative crew helping build the structure, (We at New Image Landscape and Pools have been known to get a little creative at times!) chances are they will be able to design something that you will fall in love with! So, go ahead, plan for a night of cool fun with your new built-ins, your favorite neighbors, and your kids’ best friends! Pulled pork sandwiches, homemade potato salad, and that delicious Texas sheet cake your wife is famous for will be on the menu tonight and when you choose the right grill, it will not seem like work at all!

Something Really Special

If you have ever flipped through a home and garden magazine, we are willing to bet that you have dog-eared the pages on fabulous outdoor kitchens more than once! Your yard has the space to create a gourmet area without cramping your pool, your garden, or the meditation shed you built to retreat to when real life gets too stressful, and now is the perfect season to build an outdoor kitchen. The choices are endless and include everything from a built-in grill to a real wood-burning pizza oven, ensuring that your outdoor events will be the talk of the neighborhood. Add a fireplace with bench seating, as Phoenix nights can be cool once the sun drops behind the mountains, create a cubby for the firewood that will be used for your pizza oven, and add a sink with running water for easy clean-up. Because you planned ahead by building in a fridge for beverages, drawers for supplies, and lighting that allows you to stay out late at night, you may not have to go back inside until your bed starts to call your name! Entertainment can be as simple as piped in music from your surround system, or for those who really know how to party, a flat-screen smart television tucked away under the eaves and turned to the big game! Add in a heated pool, a hot tub, and maybe a couple of beanbag games, and barbecue season promises to be a party that won’t end until the heat of summer comes knocking at your door once again.

Don’t Wait Too Long!

The older we get, the faster time flies by, and now is the perfect time to start working on your backyard party plans. Give us a call today!

Three Features Your Backyard Improvements You Could Be Missing

The real world outside the boundaries of your home and yard can be a cruel and tough one, making it that much more important that we create sanctuaries to come back to at the end of each day. Inside our homes, we create spaces that are soft, warm, and welcoming, but the peace and tranquility doesn’t have to end there. Our backyards, especially here in the Phoenix area, where we surround our landscape with cinderblock walls for privacy, can offer a sanctuary of a different type. If your “back 40” is missing these three backyard improvements, you may not be using it to its full extent!

Firepits for Winter

We desert dwellers are about to enter our favorite season. Winter is when the day temperatures stay short-sleeve cool, but the nights dip into winter coat temperatures, making a firepit the perfect backyard accessory. Keep it simple with a circle of firesafe garden blocks and lawn furniture topped with colorful and soft padding or add an elaborate sunken fire pit area complete with built-in seats and twinkle lights shining in the trees above. It’s time to discover the joys of family time spent talking, laughing, or telling stories late into the night.

Vegetable Gardens for Health

The one complaint we often have about living in the desert is the quality of the vegetables we purchase from the grocery store. Although they may be colorful and attractive to look at, they tend to taste bland and mushy, making it even more of a chore to convince our children the importance of eating their vegetables! Growing a raised bed vegetable garden in your backyard, however, can solve all of your vegetable issues, including getting your children to eat them. The joy they take in planting, caring, and then harvesting the veggies will entice them to eat them as well, making a vegetable garden a feature that will make your yard a dream come true! And because the care you take can bring a Zen garden appeal to your life, the vegetable garden can add to the peace and tranquility of your outdoor sanctuary!

Sheds for Sharing

The commonplace backyard shed has “shed” its boring tin and has become more than a place to store Christmas decorations and lawn mowers. Today’s sheds come in a variety of materials and are used in a variety of ways. Created to be she-sheds for moms who need private spaces, offices for parents to conduct business at home and be able to spend more time with the kids in the process, or extra sleeping space for all the guests who come to visit and take advantage of our incredible winter temperatures, the functionality of your shed can be customized to your needs!

So Many Ideas For Backyard Improvements

Our years of pool and landscape experience have given us so many ideas on how to make a yard an oasis, and we can’t wait to share them with you! Contact us today and let’s make your backyard the picture perfect place of your dreams.