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Outdoor Kitchen: Kit vs. Custom

Outdoor Kitchen: Kit vs. Custom

For those looking to spruce up and improve an outdoor living space, a kitchen is an excellent option—and when it comes to outdoor kitchen installation in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and surrounding areas. Alive Outside Landscaping is the company to call.

Whether you need a prefabricated kit for quick installation or a custom design, we can help make your outdoor area feel like a luxury. If you’re unsure which option will best suit your needs, we're happy to help. Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding between a custom outdoor kitchen and a kit.

Custom outdoor kitchens allow flexibility and gives you control over every feature of your new kitchen.

Outdoor kitchen and fireplace built at a home in Fort Collins, CO.

A custom outdoor kitchen is often the first choice for many people who seek to revitalize their outdoor living area. However, custom kitchens might not be practical for every situation. Depending on your needs, a custom kitchen can be slightly excessive.


Personalized - A custom outdoor kitchen fits your outdoor space in a natural way that blends in with the existing landscape. Customization also opens the door for you to have much more control over the materials used in the construction and the overall appearance of the design.

Feature-rich - When you begin a custom outdoor kitchen project, you can dress it to the nines in its features. If you want to include a bar, you can. Pizza lovers might want a brick oven. You can set the mood with specific lighting, too.


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A Guide to the 2020 Colorado Garden & Home Show

A Guide to the 2020 Colorado Garden & Home Show

One of our favorite events of the year is quickly approaching! From February 22 through March 1, 2020, the Colorado Garden and Home Show will take place at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Hosted by the Colorado Garden Foundation, the 9-day show has more than 650 companies that exhibit and around 50,000 attendees. With over 400,000 square feet of the show to visit, it's important to plan out what you'll be seeing before you get there to maximize your time.

Some of the team from Alive Outside Landscaping will be there and we can't wait. If you're attending the show, here are some highlights you need to be sure to check out—and come visit us at booth #1462 while you're there.

You can tour more than an acre of landscaped gardens.

Around 5,500 square feet of the show will feature gardens designed by local companies. The garden, presented by Bellco, will feature beautiful native plants and can give you ideas of what you'd like to see in your yard. Gardens designed by high school students, college students, and landscaping professionals will encompass a wide variety of tastes. We will be just around the corner from the Colorado State University garden, so take a tour of their landscaped garden and then come see us to talk about what elements you want to add to your business or home landscaping.

The 9NEWS Hot Products Zone will spotlight new products that your home can benefit from!

Another area we're excited to check out is the 9NEWS...

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5 Reasons to Plan Your Next Landscape Project in Winter

5 Reasons to Plan Your Next Landscape Project in Winter

Though a lot of growth doesn't happen in the winter, you shouldn't forget about your property's landscape. In fact, with the colder months upon us, you should be considering how to revitalize your property with a softscaping or hardscaping feature.

Consider the following benefits of planning for your next landscape project in the winter in Colorado areas such as Loveland, Fort Collins, Windsor, and nearby cities.

1. In the winter, there is ample time available for planning your next landscape project.

Settling on a landscape project is a big decision to make. In the winter, you have ample time available for planning. Take advantage of this calm season and any time you have off to plan out what you want for your landscape project. Consider factors like:

  • What plants will look good on your property
  • The size and scale of your project
  • The inclusion of water features and outdoor lighting

If you are unsure of where to begin the planning process, our team is available to help. We offer expert suggestions while still incorporating exactly what you want for the final product. Give us a call to see what we can do for your landscape.

2. Planning your next landscape project in the winter leaves you with more softscaping options.

The winter is the off-season for landscape contractors. If you reach out to expert landscape contractors like us at Alive Outside Landscaping, we can ensure we will have the plants, trees, and shrubs that you...

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Tips on Preparing Your Outdoor Living Space for Winter Weather

Tips on Preparing Your Outdoor Living Space for Winter Weather

You’ve invested a lot of time and money into your outdoor living space, therefore it’s important to make sure these areas stay in good shape all year long, especially through the harsh, unforgiving cold months. Winter is one of the hardest times on your outdoor living spaces as the excess moisture and freezing temperatures can cause many issues.

From cleaning your patio and deck to shutting off water to outdoor utilities, here are some tips on how to prepare your outdoor living space for winter weather in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, and the nearby areas.

Remove or Cover Outdoor Furniture & Grills

Winter weather can be very tough on your outdoor furniture and grills. To protect these items from the cold, make sure to cover them with heavy-duty vinyl covers to keep them safe and dry all winter. Look for covers that are water-resistant to prevent water damage to fabric and wood. If you don’t plan on using your furniture or other large items throughout the winter, then pack them up and store them away in a safe, dry place. Completely clear away all tables, chairs, and grills and store them in your garage, shed, or other safe area. You can also opt to buy winter furniture that is weather-resistant and can withstand the cold weather.

Clean Grills & Outdoor Appliances

Cleaned grill in an outdoor kitchen for a home in Loveland, CO.

When the cold weather starts to blow in, many people do not think about cleaning their grill, stovetops, and other outdoor appliances. This is...

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Reasons to Consider Adding a Custom Fire Pit or Fireplace to Your Yard

Reasons to Consider Adding a Custom Fire Pit or Fireplace to Your Yard

Adding a custom fire pit or fireplace to your yard provides many benefits. From increased property value to extended outdoor livability and comfort, outdoor fire features are a great investment for your home.

Here are some reasons to consider adding a custom fire pit or fireplace to your yard in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, and the surrounding areas.

A Fire Pit or Fireplace Creates a Focal Point and Enhances the Outdoor Environment

A fire pit in Loveland, CO.

Adding custom landscaping or hardscaping to your yard always enhances your surroundings, and the same is true for a custom fire feature. Fire pits and fireplaces create a beautiful gathering space for family and friends to gather and becomes a focal point for your outdoor living space. No matter what type of fire feature you choose or what shape it is, a fire pit or fireplace creates a delightfully stunning design anchor in your yard and enhances the area’s natural beauty, even when not in use. Custom hardscaping, like an expertly crafted outdoor fire feature, draws attention to your home’s architecture and enhances the surrounding environment.

Outdoor Fire Features Extend the Livability and Comfort of Outdoor Spaces

An outdoor fire feature allows you to comfortably enjoy your outdoor environment throughout the year, even during cold months and at night. The heat that emanates from your fire pit or fireplace provides enough warmth to comfortably warm those who sit around the fire.


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New Patios, Pergola, and Fire Pit in Denver

New Patios, Pergola, and Fire Pit in Denver

In our part of Colorado, we have beautiful scenery and weather to enjoy all the time—and that’s why we love helping people create beautiful outdoor living spaces all throughout the greater Denver area, including Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor.

When our clients called to help improve their outdoor living space for their Denver backyard, we were more than happy to assist in planning out and installing a design that looked gorgeous and also incorporated many natural elements of our state. At Alive Outside Landscaping, we have more than 30 years of experience and are also ICPI certified contractors so we are able to plan out and install the highest quality projects.

Installing a Custom Fire Pit Adds Value to a Home

One element our client wanted to add was a custom fire pit. Custom fire pits are a great addition to any outdoor living space, as they provide a great area to gather around for roasting marshmallows or extra warmth on chilly fall evenings. A fire feature can also add value to your home.

This fire pit was constructed from concrete blocks in the middle of one of their new patio areas so that the homeowners can set up furniture around it.

Patios, Pergola & Composite Deck Expands Living Space, Adds Depth to Property

This custom patio and pergola in Denver will provide years of enjoyment.

For this project, we constructed three patios that all merge together for a large outdoor living space. The first patio is attached directly to the home so that the homeowner and their family can directly step...

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Why Your Outdoor Living Space Needs Custom Water Features

Why Your Outdoor Living Space Needs Custom Water Features

When you work to create a beautiful outdoor living space on your property, you want to create one that’s tranquil and seamlessly blends into the nature around your yard. Our spaces integrate native plants and boulders, but one other way we can put some more nature into your landscaping is by adding water features. Water features can add texture, sound, and other aspects.

Here are some ways that water features can accentuate your outdoor living space in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, and surrounding areas in Colorado.

Water Features Complement Your Landscaping and Property

A custom waterfall and pond in Fort Collins, CO.

Water features, like ponds or waterfalls, can bring the bubbling sounds of nature to your doorstep. Another perk of custom water features is that they can be designed to fit any space. Bigger ponds are great for larger properties, whereas pondless waterfalls can fit into a smaller space. The pros at Alive Outside Landscaping can consult with you on where would be the best area to install a custom water feature. Often, they may fit into space in your yard that was going unused.

Another benefit of water features is that they can increase your property’s value, meaning they are a great return on investment.

There is some maintenance required for water features like ponds, as algae will accumulate if the feature isn’t cleaned. If you’re looking for one that doesn’t require as much maintenance, a smaller feature such as a pondless waterfall would be...

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