As soon as the weather here in Hudson Valley turns warm, landscaping and outdoor living become top of mind. After all, who wants to think about doing anything outside when the temperatures in Dutchess and Orange counties are nearing the freezing mark? The problem, however, is that come the spring sunshine, you really want to be enjoying your outdoor home, not beginning the construction process. Trust us, it’s a lot more fun to welcome summer sitting on a beautifully installed patio looking at your new outdoor kitchen than it is to spend May and June with dirt piles taller than your SUV. So how do you make sure your grilling burgers on your new grill come June? You plan your outdoor living space in January and February.
Sitting indoors by the fireplace with a hot cup of tea watching the snowflakes fall is not a bad setting for researching your new outdoor kitchen. Flipping through outdoor living magazines and scouring the Internet for industry professionals and design ideas can be a fun way to pass the winter months. And aside from this being a relaxing introduction to the process, there are also a few big advantages of using the winter months for planning. For one, landscape contractors here in the Hudson Valley have more time in the “off” months to really dive into your project, planning all the details for a perfect installation come spring.
Another advantage to winter designing is that because of the nature of the work, the best Dutchess County landscape companies book up very quickly early on in the season. But if you have been getting a jump on things by planning throughout the winter, your chances of getting on the schedule early are far greater than if you had waited until spring to get started. The early bird gets the worm as they say, and this is no less true when it comes to designing the outdoor kitchen of your dreams.
-image courtesy of Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet.