What is Resort Style Living?

Well, have you have heard of “stay-cations?

Smart people have been investing in their property and finding ways to have the same experience they would at a fancy resort right in their own backyard.  

About 18 months ago we saw a trend where customers came back—somewhere around 2-3 years after we had done a huge detailed landscape design for them, and were now ready to take the leap.  Those investment dollars could have gone to a new beach condo, or a camper or RV.

They told me, “we decided not to do the beach thing”, or “we can travel on our points whenever we want the beach or skiing”, and ” its wasn’t going to be worth the maintenance and service headaches having an RV”. At the end of all that time, the common theme was to have more of that resort style at home.  Family is the most important element.  Being able to entertain at home saves time, there is not traffic, there are no calls from an HOA that there is an emergency, no HOA fees, no TSA delays, no parking fees, no maintenance headaches.  And if you already travel 3-4 days a week all you want to do is get back home.  Let us make it easy and enjoyable.

Here is a survey that shows the popularity of items being invested in that turn backyards into resorts.  Are any of these on your list?  Do you notice them when you go away on vacation?  Why not have them at home?

ASLA reveals top 10 trends in Landscape Architecture for 2017

ASLA reveals top 10 trends in Landscape Architecture for 2017

I recently attended the Techo-Bloc Contractor Showcase when it rolled into Annapolis.  WOW!  3 semi’s of materials and a rocking presentation by “Paver Pete” and friends.  A single day wasn’t enough to get my head around all the cool combinations we now have available.    We studied every element of what you’ll see next.  We did workshops on using better tools, being safer, underground structures like drainage and permeability, and best practices for installers.

Take a look at these shots from a build completed by Techo-Bloc just last year.

Techo-Bloc Borealis Seating, Raffinata Fire Pit

Techo-Bloc Borealis Seating, Raffinata Fire Pit, Lighting and water falls

Outdoor sound systems

Coastal Source Sound

Coastal Outdoor Sound and Lighting

And Lighting on the same wire as the Sound System

Grill, Pizza Oven, Root Beer Keg over a wood plank look called Borealis

Grill, Pizza Oven, Root Beer Keg over a wood plank floor look called Borealis

Resort Style Living

What does it cost to visit this resort? Nothing, it’s right outside your back door!

Resort Style Living

An Investment in Resort Style Living–It seems to be catching on!

It all starts with a phone call.  Tell me you want a resort style back yard and I’ll bring in the Landscape Architect who will get all the details right so it fits your needs, works in the space provided, and has that WOW factor I just experienced.  Then we’ll bring the best technicians and craftsmen to grade, create drainage, stabilize and install the finest paver materials available.  This can be yours!  Your call means we’ll start NOW!

Are you Grilling or Cooking?

Grilling has always been more about just throwing a few things on a grate and hoping they don’t all turn out charcoal black.  Cooking is replacing grilling. evo1

Cooking is what you did for Thanksgiving.  Remember all the prep work and the variety of side dishes?  The way everyone pitched in to bring their best ingredients?  How about those flavors-the way they made your mouth happy?

Cooking on an outdoor grill is all about having the right things at your disposal and being able to control the temperatures in your grill.  This is important.  Controlling the temperatures within your grill?  Is it possible to do beef, chicken, fish and veggies all at one time?
Primo-XL-Oval

Yours doesn’t work that well?   Check out the Primo and Evo Grills on our website:   www.amjlandscaping.com , click Services then Outdoor Kitchens

 

 

 

power burner, crab grilling, corn on the grill

Crab Pot on a 70K btu Power Burner

Need a Side Burner for a big pot of Crabs and Corn?  Check out the 70K Btu Power Burner!

 

 

We are also looking for your favorite recipes that involve cooking outdoors.   We would like to put together a local flavors cookbook on our website.  Submit your entries to marketing@amjlandscaping.com or on our Facebook page.