Lightscapes Blog

The goal of our blog is to create inspiration for your backyard space, outdoor living areas, and overall landscape.  We hope you enjoy our unique ideas for your homes landscaping.

Outdoor Kitchens of CNY

We enjoy building outdoor kitchens as it provides our clients with a focal point in their landscape as well as a functional feature that they can enjoy all year long.  Over the years we have constructed various styles to meet the needs of our clients.

It is becoming more and more popular to incorporate bar stool seating and bar areas into the kitchens.  This creates a multi-use space and also often serves as an additional seating and eating area when entertaining with larger groups.  It is nice to be able to grab a seat and hang out with the grillmaster as the grilling is done.  

 Here is a simple kitchen where we removed the sides of the grill to make a non-built in grill "built-in"

Here is a simple kitchen where we removed the sides of the grill to make a non-built in grill "built-in"

 This kitchen is set up with an island to serve as the additional seating and prep area.  

This kitchen is set up with an island to serve as the additional seating and prep area.  

 Opposite Site of kitchen shows  the refrigerator and outlets incorporated into island. Note - pizza oven and fireplace in the background.

Opposite Site of kitchen shows  the refrigerator and outlets incorporated into island.
Note - pizza oven and fireplace in the background.

The ultimate in kitchen / bar entertaining is the design of a "U" shaped kitchen which allows for entertaining with a number of guests.  

 The covered kitchen..........creating a covered roof line over a kitchen can provide for a nice place to duck out of the rain as well as keep the sun off food that you are prepping.

The covered kitchen..........creating a covered roof line over a kitchen can provide for a nice place to duck out of the rain as well as keep the sun off food that you are prepping.

 This is a curved kitchen to follow a contour of the existing patio.  Kitchen is prior to granite counter-top.  We often install granite supports off of our block structure to support the granite when it cantilevers over 12"

This is a curved kitchen to follow a contour of the existing patio.  Kitchen is prior to granite counter-top.  We often install granite supports off of our block structure to support the granite when it cantilevers over 12"

 This is another example of a kitchen where we took a standard grill, removed sides, and then installed it into a masonry structure.  Grills like this can be converted to NG or just left as propane.

This is another example of a kitchen where we took a standard grill, removed sides, and then installed it into a masonry structure.  Grills like this can be converted to NG or just left as propane.

We hope some of these pictures provide inspiration to a project in your yard.  Happy Grilling!  

Is your outdoor lighting system lighting dark-sky compliant?

Many of our projects feature down-lighting as a way to address concerns with light pollution. A properly designed lighting system takes into account all of those factors (wildlife, stars, etc).

We are often correcting existing lighting systems that do not consider light pollution (such as an un-shrouded post light in a front yard). We are members of the International Dark-Sky Association and use those principles to light homes. When up-lighting a facade we are lighting with shrouded fixtures that only cast light on the facade itself (not broadcast it directly into the sky). Excessive light level, poorly planned light placement, and un-shrouded fixtures are the main contributors to light pollution.
 

Outdoor Pizza Ovens - Great way to entertain during Summer.

Pizza time! Did you know that wood fired ovens can also cook soup, fish, meats, pasta, appetizers, dessert, etc. There are tons of recipes and websites dedicated to preparing food strictly using a wood fired over (pizza oven).

We can help you cook outside instead of having to rely on your indoor oven in the hot kitchen all summer! 

The space below the oven is for the wood. The fire actually gets built in the corner or back of the oven. When you cook something like a pizza you will typically rotate the item as it cooks so that it gets evenly cooked/ crisp on all sides.