November 23, 2015
At any point throughout the year, a professional sports league has a season under way. Between the big three American sports of baseball, basketball, and American football, anyone can always find a sports game or sports news program on the television set. While attending actual games provides an immersive fan experience, most sports look just as good on television, as they capture the best shots from multiple angles. For those who live in areas with a mild outdoor climate that can allow for a television outside, they get to enjoy the sports games while lounging on the patio furniture, enjoying food by the pool, or entertaining outdoors.
Homes in warmer climates will certainly have more options as far as outdoor entertaining goes. If the patio can contain it, a television can fit right in to the patio. The room that lets out to the patio should come with windows that open up to provide a more open feel to the home. If your backyard has a decently sized lawn, take advantage by setting up outdoor furniture on the grass, or set a towel or mat down and have a seat right on the grass. Even during the winter, most of these options remain a solid choice for outdoor entertaining. Areas with wetter weather will want to take advantage of the patio space to stay dry.
Bring the feel of a sports bar right to your home by turning your patio into an outdoor bar. If the kitchen sits right next to the backyard, use the kitchen’s window as a serving station. A bar counter, bar stools, and multiple screens all lend towards a great venue for watching sports. Homes with a swimming pool can even allow people to enjoy the games while taking a dip. When the weather starts to drop, a pool heater will keep swimmers warm, while a fire pit can maintain heat for those above the water.
Having transparency not only makes a space appear larger, but also allows people to potentially see the television from further away. Large glass doors would allow people outdoors to view a large-screen television indoors, and vice versa. Glass doors also allow the adjacent room to seamlessly blend in to the patio. To display a screen to more space, use a projector screen. Some upscale homes may have the screen built in to the home and can scroll from the ceiling or wall. For homes without this feature, a portable projector screen from an office supplies store will suffice. Homes with a large blank wall can even function as the screen itself. Lastly, to save money while enjoying the outdoors, opt for simply a projector and a small screen to set up outside.
October 2, 2015
When lounging in a swimming pool under a hot sun, people often contemplate relaxing with a nice cold drink in hand. Some hotels and resorts have poolside service where servers bring drinks directly to people in the swimming pool. At most other places, getting a drink while in the pool would require someone to either emerge from the pool to approach the bar, or deliver an item from the bar to the pool. Spare this inconvenience by having a bar counter right at the pool that people can swim up to. Counters between the pool and kitchen, pavilions with televisions, and cabins with a swim-up deck make swimming more fun and social. When constructing a pool, consider the placement and factors that can allow the construction of a counter near the pool.
There are many factors to installing a counter, such as height from both sides of the counter surface, the space between submerged stools, and the wall surface below the counter because it should be smooth to prevent knee scraping. Underwater seats must be planned since a portable one usually is not suited for a pool’s surface, and may scratch the surface. Something as simple as a column seat with a pool ledge overhang will work as a counter. The location of the counter matters too, because if it is in the sun, the counter can get very hot. Using porous material for the paving, such as travertine, can reduce the temperature of the surface. Alternatively, have the pool be adjacent to an outdoor kitchen to allow swimmers to enjoy food while still partially submerged in the pool. Always remember never to have glassware around the pool, because broken glass in the pool is extremely difficult to detect.
Poolside pavilions offer an alternative method to enjoying the luxury of a swimming pool while also enjoying shade, extra outdoor furniture to place your food or drinks on, or even other forms of entertainment, such as an outdoor television. This allows the best of both worlds because people in the pool have direct access to the pavilion while people not dressed for a dip can lounge under the pavilion. An alternative to a pavilion is to have the pool go directly up to the house. Some homes right next to a lake or pond already have this function, as swimmers can emerged from the water directly indoors. Remember to have some floor mats, towels, or another method to dry off to avoid getting the home’s interior dirty.
August 17, 2015
Those who love outdoor entertaining understand the significance of an easy transition from the kitchen to the patio. However, most people have to live with what the house provides because of lack of space or resources to add a door or window in the kitchen. A handful of options exist to allow you to adapt to your house and patio to enable easier outdoor entertaining. From adding a counter on the patio side of a window that faces the patio to installing a patio bar counter, having an outdoor bar makes lounging in the patio much more relaxing.
A Counter Through A Window
A counter that extends from the kitchen to the patio via a window creates a serving bar that allows you to head outside for a snack or meal. By simply extending the kitchen’s countertop all the way to the window, you can not only use it to easily transfer things, but using the same design as the countertop makes the home look more pleasing. As for the window, a sliding bi-fold window gives plenty of space, but if a bi-fold window cannot fit, pull-up or swinging windows work too. Some designers get crafty with their windows and add themes, such as a window that slides up like a garage door or antique-themed windows that swing open.
Open The Kitchen To The Patio
A home’s heart resides in the kitchen, so making it more accessible to the rest of the house creates a more homely feeling. If you live in an area with a friendly climate, consider adding some air, natural light, and outdoor entertaining to your kitchen. If the windows have security bars or a screen on the outside, consider having the ability to remove them or move them aside to allow a fully opened window. Glass doors to the patio also allow more natural light into the kitchen. Some houses have the space to allow sliding glass doors, either as a single sliding door or as dual sliding doors.
Can you picture a kitchen without a barstool? Nearly every house has some form of barstool, as it adds variety to a home’s appearance. They allow friends and family to bring their presence to the kitchen or counter. A barstool comes in varying heights: counter, bar, and spectator/stadium. Counter stools measure up to a standard counter of three feet, so these stools sit about two feet high. Bar stools sit about two and a half feet for higher counters. Spectator/stadium stools sit the highest, with the seat at three feet high. All stools may come with additional features, such as a swiveling seat, adjustable height, a backrest, padded/cushioned seats, or footrests. Whether in the kitchen or in the patio, barstools will add flair to any home.
A new style is sweeping the outdoor cooking and furniture worlds. The “communal grill” is a massive and really fun party piece for anyone who can afford it. Most of these follow the fire pit style when they are being designed so they are often sold under that label. This particular style of cooking has a rich history that we are celebrating today. Aside from that it’s also really fun to use and cool. So if you have the money then you may want to look into one of these.
While it has all these good points it is not for those without the money to supply it. Allowing multiple people to grill at once costs more fuel and has a higher initial cost than many other pieces. So you need to have quite a bit of money saved up in order to buy a piece like this. If you do not have it then you may want to go with a smaller setup before going into this.
Fire Pit Tables in this style are nothing new in certain parts of the world. The original idea for things like this came from some cooking practices in Japan and China. Having people tend to the food over the fire in turns was something that many of them had to do in some much older times. However today we can create one where everyone can cook their own food for fun, instead of out of necessity.
So who is this best for? Reasonable adults, with the keyword being reasonable. No one wants to bump into someone lese while grilling or even burn themselves. Having this around kids is a big mistake because it’s just asking for one of them to get burned when they fumble something. So it has a very specific audience, those who can handle a fire without injuring anyone. That may not sound specific at first but it really is.
The larger models come with a two-story setting where you can grill different items at different levels. This also requires people who can handle flaming outdoor furniture with care. However for those with the maturity and manual coordination to work with this it really can create an atmosphere which cannot be matched in any other setting. There is just something about eating food which you cooked and it being grilled to the exact level which you were looking for.
You also need an area to eat in when everything is done. That’s why the most expensive models also comes with a wooden eating area for people to enjoy right after they are done. However ones like this are around three thousand dollars. Whew. For those without that sheer amount of spending money you may want to look at something a little cheaper.
For those with it this can also be an incredible status symbol. If you are looking to make an impression on a boss or useful friend then take a crack at this incredible piece of outdoor furniture. At the very least it should burn a memory into their minds.
“The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen” is a big mouthful for most people. But that’s what makes them so interesting. They’re going big and really drawing the attention of everyone in the surrounding area as well. Going big is the name of the game here, just like the Sasquatch they are named after. So what are they doing to set everything apart? More, because sometimes more really is more and we’ll explain why that is for you today.
Thirty televisions, arcade games, billiards and darts dot the entire area. A massive dining area can fit 500 customers in so that everyone can eat their fill. Drinks and dishes are large as well for a crowd that wants to eat more rather than less. Professional chefs insure that each dish is delicious as well. It’s an amazing setup for everyone who visits.
Aside from having an amazing cooking staff they also have a court for playing “Rolle Bolle” and other games. While certainly not normal for any bar we are seeing many different bars like this add in some unconventional sections.
Going big also applies to style. A fireplace graces the exterior in addition to the interesting playing areas. Frills are something that restaurants and bars have always needed. However the ante continues to rise on these since architects and builders are so efficient on the upper end. You really can create whatever setting you dreamed of and actually afford it in the long run. It is an amazing age for any designer.
Along with the unusual offerings they also have the contemporary outdoor furniture you would expect from a modern lodge. But it has more of a sports-bar feel than you would expect from an area with so many impressive installations. Despite this there is no upper-class, elitist atmosphere which other restaurants use to great effect.
When dealing with customers who want to kick back and relax with big drinks having an air of elitism is a mistake. As we always say you need to plan for your guests or even the best design choices won’t work for you. Be sure to play to your audience at all times.
Part of what allowed them to create such an amazing setting was that they already had a framework laid out from the original owners. The Sail Inn was the original building and it was maintained well over many years. However the owners moved on leaving an absolutely amazing setup for those who wanted to buy it. If you are looking to save money on all of this then you should look into buying an unused building as well.
At the same time they still had a large amount of renovation to do when they got there. The costs came to less than rebuilding everything from scratch but still a large amount. When you have to do this as well you should realize that it’s an investment. Without creating an area where you can amaze customers you will never be able to stay in business. Their reconstruction
The Roof at South Park doesn’t sound like very much. There are a great many rooftop bars all over the world. So how do you stand out when the bar type you own has become passé in the modern age? By taking the style up way above the competition and keeping that same dazzle in the overall scene. Comfort and care are taken to the extreme in order to make sure everyone has a great time at the bar or enjoying a bit of food as well.
A spectacular view is just one of many frills and thrills that they offer there. All of this takes place in a small area which helps the experience feel more personal. We don’t discuss this very often but having a very small or large area for your bar can be a drawing point in either direction. It does really matter which way you go but you should take it to extremes.
Outdoor Bar Stools have an ultramodern touch, as does everything else. Shelters hang over the outdoor sections of the roof where people will be enjoying themselves. You may want to stray from this though as so many bars are now using it that it could become passé.
Having a set manager for every single aspect of the bar was important as well. They of course wanted one architect and lead designer but they went further. They have what they call a “Beverage Director” and the normal head chef. Splitting everything up into manageable jobs with expert leaders is another small factor that separates a great establishment from the best ones in the entire world. Safety is of course also managed expertly here as well.
Bartenders are a part of the outdoor bar experience as well. Their mixing is expertly done and puts on a bit more spectacle on the area. If you have employees skilled enough to put on a show in your own establishment this can really add value to the overall experience. It draws in tourists and increases tips as well. It’s all really great for adding that little extra bit of polish to your own outdoor bar. Look into training for some workers if you can.
Additional polish also applies to every other aspect of the business as well. Even their website is a work of art as well. It smacks of effort which can be a double-edged sword. It’s best to make things look effortless but better to look like you are trying to hard rather than having a dingy product. It’s a tough balance to find both in bar furniture design and management.
All of this costs a very large amount of money for the patrons. Small drinks are around $3 because it’s such a ritzy area with a great view. While this doesn’t work for everyone it’s a great thing for the owners as they can continue to upgrade the venue. When you reach the top in every area you will need to raise prices at some point. It’s just how things work. We hope that you can do the same someday with your own bar.
Alta Linea is known for being one of the most amazing and casual outdoor bars in America. We want to take a look at what they have done correctly and what we can learn from all of this as well. It all centers on creating a new sort of look that draws people in. This is what you need to do if you want to become one of the greatest bars in your country. Getting all of that together can be confusing at first glance though.
Serving stations are fully decorated and equipped to a modern, professional standard. This shows that even if you want comfort for guests you want the same amount of professionalism from each of your workers. They also need to be equipped with the best items they can possibly use as well. Parallel styles, sometimes even having a different look from inside to outside, is one of the key factors in improving your setting every year.
Here the drinks are served a bit before dinner, or perhaps at lunch, in the traditional Italian style. Timing the delivery of your dishes can actually be quite important. Be sure that you time your dishes in a manner that your patrons will enjoy. This can actually help them appreciate the decoration you’ve done more because their minds are at ease. Intricate aspects like this are something all of the best business owners master.
Taking things a little less seriously is important here as well. Whites, light browns and other airy colors are complimented by dishes which go down easy. It’s important to relax and not take things so seriously in design as with serving. Drinks have a similar tone with fruity hints in many of these concoctions. Everything works towards a coherent whole and theme which really amazes each patron when they come in.
Patio Furniture has a modern but understated look. Wood and nice finishes are a big part of the arrangement as well. People want to feel comfortable at an outdoor bar and that is the look they were going for. Cushions cover many different sections of the seating area, helping people lounge back and relax.
Polish and maintenance are other huge parts of this establishment. A large staff keeps everything in great shape even when people may get a bit rowdy. However they don’t have the sort of patrons who would go around breaking anything so that’s an added advantage for them. At the very least you should always have enough staff to make sure everything is clean.
Reservations are also useful for those who want to get in and enjoy themselves as well. When you are seeing this much demand you may have some trouble getting in. It’s only natural when this happens and you actually want it to as a business owner as well. Despite what some people will tell you there is a level of healthy elitism that is necessary if you really want everyone in your city to take notice of your outdoor bar.
Australia is a place of incredible natural beauty. For those who actually know quite a bit about the area you would also know it’s a place of natural discomfort and danger as well. With such vastly opposing forces the design climate there is unique. Recently the government of the area is taking an active hand in promoting local business. Bars are always a popular spot to relax there and it’s not confusing that they would want to push them quite a bit further.
The government authority which has control over this is known as “Access Canberra”. What is so strange about these benefits is that they deal with approvals of new bars. Each of these approvals will be related to the sanitation and drink serving processes of the bar. While that doesn’t sound great it does probably mean that the process of becoming a certified bar will be cut down by a huge amount. This is good news for those in the area who want to promote everything further.
It’s easy to understand why this is happening; previously in modern Australia they had many strict laws on serving alcohol legally. While that didn’t always stop people from serving it illegally it could be very annoying to get approval for a full, legal bar. Now they want to reverse that and see many more approved bars pop up to keep serving everyone for many years to come.
Fire Pit Tables aren’t as popular in Australia as in many places but they do fit in with a few areas. With the absolutely sweltering temperatures there this just makes sense. Adding on new, small additions to draw in more business is also important for the growth of business here. It’s very easy to not take things like this into account but it matters for outdoor furniture designers there.
Australian legislators want the area to become a much larger area for tourism. Therefore they are building up many areas where guests can safely enjoy themselves. So this is a good time if you are an artist or designer in that area. It’s also really great if you expect to start your own business as well. It’s a growth time for the country.
During this time they will also likely be cutting down on illegal businesses as well. Australia has a sketchy track record with people breaking the law, to say the least. This will be the most difficult part of the update to manage. Since it’s hard to track how many people are serving alcohol illegally it’s going to be very tough to enforce all of this as well.
For those in the country just do your best to take advantage of this new growth and these new laws. Maybe you could have a standout bar. If everything goes well it could be an amazing era for the entire country. Do your part to contribute to the art and growth there and you could be a big part of history as well. We hope everything goes well for them in their future efforts.
The title of this article is not quite what you think, although some designers were certainly inspired by the drug in a different way. No, we’re talking about the fact that some states on considering allowing people to smoke a very different sort of item. In some United States cities bar owners may have to completely redesign some of their settings. While this won’t apply to everyone we’re talking about the specific area and how things may expand over the years.
Marijuana is a drug being hotly debated. Less harmful in many ways than tobacco it has some mind-altering qualities that many people enjoy. In areas where the drug is now legal the government is reaping in a huge amount of cash from it. Both people living in these cities and also smaller businesses benefit from all of this. Therefore it has become a fairly huge deal there and may spread throughout the western world.
Of course this only applies to areas like Denver where it might be served in local bars. If this isn’t a factor for you then you shouldn’t worry about it yet. It’s best to be prepared though because other trends could come into your area. We could also sometime see an era where practically everything is legal in some bars. The world has a tendency to change like that, and the bar business is the same.
What really changes the situation from traditional smoking is that there isn’t much of a stigma. Sure, inhaling any sort of smoke is not great for you but people don’t hate it like they do traditional cigarettes. As such legalization is gaining some serious traction in many states. There are those who disapprove of any smoking but they are perhaps in an overall minority. This is perhaps due to the fact that it has not been linked with a lot of cancer due to tar and nicotine.
Allowing such a change in your area can dictate your future item choices as well. Some of you may actually decide to pick a wood blend which will pick up the scent over the years. It’s an interesting option and you would only use it for those who love the smell. There is some charm to all of this but you need to make sure that your clients want something like this. A miscalculation here could be really dangerous.
The biggest changes come in the fact that the smoke, even sweetly-smelling blends can change the atmosphere after soaking into the items. Outdoor Furniture should be selected with this in mind. If possible you should make sure test everything beforehand with a few customers.
In the grand scheme of these your furniture selection needs to change with any sort of change in your serving patterns. Even serving a few new drinks means that you need to change some of your furniture designs. The tastes of your customers change with the years so you shouldn’t be afraid to change as well, even if it means making a leap.
New York’s JFK International Airport has a big new addition which is turning heads all over the world. JetBlue has opened an incredibly large bar across 4,046 feet on the roof of the area. It’s an amazing monument to how far design has come in the modern day. Many believe it’ll be one of the most impressive outdoor bars for many years to come. How do you create a modern-day masterpiece like this? There are certainly a few rules you can follow as well.
Due to the redesign the airport received international acclaim for so many changes. Perhaps the most important of which is that this is basically a giant park where you can enjoy a light drink or even walk your dog. Greenery is around the entire area which leads to a relaxing atmosphere and also lets people bring their family there. Even pets can enjoy the area due to a massive area for them to run around in or take a calm walk.
Organic design mixed in with cities is a huge part of many metro bar settings. This is perhaps the best example of it in the United States though. The great thing about picking your outdoor furniture with nature in mind is that it helps the atmosphere in a more literal sense. Fresh oxygen and removal of CO2 are wonderful byproducts of having greenery around. It’s how some of the busiest cities in the world keep the air from becoming massively polluted. It’s simple, beautiful and it works.
All of this is also combined with the latest food and drink styles as well. Being on the cutting edge in every way possible is how all the top businesses do it. It also does not hurt that this allows you to charge more, which you would obviously want to do if you are striving to rise to the top of the industry.
Acquiring all the money to do this is the hard part of course. For those without the funds you can still add an item or two in order to improve the setting. A renovation, even if it doesn’t cost a million or so dollars, can refresh your setting. It can also be more affordable than you might expect in the modern day.
Outdoor Furniture here is constantly clean and ultramodern. As always maintenance is a key part of keeping that same beautiful setting up. Unless you can keep that same high level of care up you can’t make it to the top. This is a lesson which we see repeated time and time again. We’ve even see some people overreach with their ideas in this area.
The final rule is that when it comes to bars, bigger is often better. The various stores and places to get a drink are only a part of the overall setup but sales will no doubt rise due to it. If you can combine your efforts with other nearby businesses then you can create a massive and absolutely amazing setting where you all work together.