Can A Lovely Backyard Retreat Be Budget-Friendly?


As leaves on Long Island turn lemon, orange and flame red; as temperatures cool in the evening,
autumn in the Northeast becomes the ideal time to gather around an outdoor fireplace for warmth
and ambiance. Now, consider setting that fireplace next to a hot tub, underneath an attractive
pergola, and you have the makings of a backyard retreat that is more than just cozy. You have a
welcoming outdoor entertainment area that extends not just into Fall, but even into the snows of
winter.
You don’t have to be an outdoor living enthusiast -- an avid skier, cyclist, or hiker, for example --
to have a passion for nature. So the commitment we make to our clients is to help them create an
outdoor space that reflects an appreciation for nature and its major elements (land, water, air, and
fire), whether it be a major custom transformation or something more modest and
budget-friendly.
Cost-Saving Ideas:
For those on a budget, one way to keep costs down is to work from a scaled sketch and photos of
the products, rather than invest in a formal and intricate plan. For example, budget pergola and
fireplace kits can be half the price of custom ones and you can get a clear picture of what they
will look like before hand. Such kits can produce a beautiful outdoor stage for a Great Room –
the perfect spot for star gazing and sharing good times with family and friends.
But what if you want a moreelaborate outdoor retreat? Can you also keep that budget-friendly? Actually,yes! The best way to do that is to plan a retreat that can be done in phases.The following project showcase -- with its elegant decking, pergola withshingled roof and stately white columns, small pond, hot tub (underneath itsown separate pergola), stepping stone bridge and paths, a second, larger,vanishing-edge pond with waterfall and connecting stream -- was accomplished inthree phases.
A hot tub, with all its fantastic hydrotherapy capacity andrelaxation enjoyment, can also be a very desirable budget-friendly option tothe more expensive swimming pool by providing that vital and calming element ofnature -- water. In addition, by surrounding it with rocks and a small garden,or by setting it into a deck or patio, it can suggest an “in-ground” customlook even if it’s not. We often use Bullfrog Spas because they have lessplumbing than others. In addition, their removable jetted hot tub seats, calledJetPaks, allow them to be individually selected by the customer for a perfectmassage to relieve stress and increase flexibility. www.longislandhottub.com
At the edge of a patio, beside a lovely shingle-roof gazebo/pergola, this fireplace not only offers warmth in autumn and winter months but it creates the perfect ambience for conversation.  www.longislandhottub.com
At the edge of a patio, beside a lovely shingle-roof gazebo/pergola, this fireplace not only offers warmth in autumn and winter months but it creates the perfect ambience for conversation. www.longislandhottub.com
Hot Tub vs Swimming Pool: A portable hot tub can be a very special budget option to the more expensive swimming pool by providing that vital element of nature -- water. www.longislandhottub.com
Hot Tub vs Swimming Pool: A portable hot tub can be a very special budget option to the more expensive swimming pool by providing that vital element of nature -- water. www.longislandhottub.com
Pre-Manufactured Fireplaces and Pergolas: Budget pergola and fireplace kits can be half the price of custom ones and you can get a clear picture of what they will look like before hand. www.longislandhottub.com
Pre-Manufactured Fireplaces and Pergolas: Budget pergola and fireplace kits can be half the price of custom ones and you can get a clear picture of what they will look like before hand. www.longislandhottub.com
Pre-Manufactured Fireplaces and Pergolas: Budget pergola and fireplace kits can be half the price of custom ones and you can get a clear picture of what they will look like before hand.  www.longislandhottub.com
Pre-Manufactured Fireplaces and Pergolas: Budget pergola and fireplace kits can be half the price of custom ones and you can get a clear picture of what they will look like before hand. www.longislandhottub.com
We often use Bullfrog Spas because they have less plumbing than others. In addition, their removable jetted hot tub seats, called JetPaks, allow them to be individually selected by the customer for a perfect massage.
We often use Bullfrog Spas because they have less plumbing than others. In addition, their removable jetted hot tub seats, called JetPaks, allow them to be individually selected by the customer for a perfect massage.
Deep seating Homecrest furniture, pavilion, and cultured stone gas fireplace.  www.longislandhottub.com
Deep seating Homecrest furniture, pavilion, and cultured stone gas fireplace. www.longislandhottub.com
Outdoor Retreat’s Phase II: The first of two ponds, this smaller pond with stepping stone bridge was added. It has its own waterfall; the liberal use of river gravel at the bottom of the pond and around its edges.
Outdoor Retreat’s Phase II: The first of two ponds, this smaller pond with stepping stone bridge was added. It has its own waterfall; the liberal use of river gravel at the bottom of the pond and around its edges.
A dramatic stone-vaneered fireplace and pergola, graced with stately white columns on bases which were veneered in stone to match the fireplace, are both beautifully reflected in the still waters of this phase’s second pond.
A dramatic stone-vaneered fireplace and pergola, graced with stately white columns on bases which were veneered in stone to match the fireplace, are both beautifully reflected in the still waters of this phase’s second pond.

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  • Monday West
    on Oct 15, 2014

    Thanks for great information which you have shared here.Those who want to have beautiful backyard hire certified contractor of perfect landscape company who will give a fabulous landscape construction ideas for your yard and can turn your yard into relaxing place in within your resources.Good luck.

  • Suzie
    on Nov 12, 2014

    Amazing

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