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How to Create Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen on a Budget

WP Law - Thursday, September 27, 2018
agricultural-irrigation Everyone loves a good cookout, and having an outdoor kitchen is on the “Wish List” for many homeowners. Whether you are dreaming of a freestanding outdoor kitchen or a built-in type model, nothing beats a great BBQ in a comfortable and entertaining outdoor kitchen space

Here are some tips to save you money and keep you on budget when creating your dream outdoor kitchen. 

Tips to Save on Your Outdoor Dream Kitchen 


Create a “Close to Home” Plan Design – Building your outdoor kitchen as close to your home as possible will save money! Using an exterior wall of your home allows you easy access to electricity and plumbing lines for your outdoor kitchen that will keep your budget in serious check! 

Search Salvage Centers – Once you have selected the center of your outdoor kitchen – the gas grill - consider salvage centers for great deals on architectural elements, old brick or stone, and granite counter tops. These elements can add interest and uniqueness for less cost. 

Built-Ins are Bargains - Purchasing a pre-made built-in grill for your outdoor kitchen can help keep you in budget by eliminating custom building components like stone bases and concrete counters, which can be costly. It can also be moved with you should you decide to buy a new home! 

If you are ready to build your dream outdoor kitchen, the pros at W. P. Law can help you create the perfect design to fit your needs. We have a variety of configurations to choose from to design exactly what you are looking for. Contact the W. P. Law, Inc. office nearest you to get restarted on your new outdoor kitchen today!

3 Ways to Keep Your Water Feature Mosquito Free

WP Law - Thursday, August 30, 2018
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Water features add a lot of appeal to any landscape, but they also tend to attract mosquitos. Mosquitos are drawn to water because they need it to reproduce. However, there are at least three ways to keep your water feature mosquito free.

1. Install a Fountain

Mosquitos don’t like water that moves. They prefer still water because that’s where they can lay eggs and reproduce. So the very best thing you can do to eliminate mosquitos is to install a nozzle in your water feature.

2. Use Vinegar

Pouring vinegar into your water feature is another way of eliminating mosquitos. The vinegar alters the pH balance of the water so that it’s not conducive for mosquito reproduction. It will also ensure that any mosquito eggs that have already been laid don’t hatch, as well as killing off any existing mosquito larvae. You would need to add 15 gallons of vinegar for every 100 gallons of water in the feature. For best results, repeat this every month, since the vinegar may evaporate over time.

3. Stock With Fish

If your water feature contains fish, the mosquito population will be kept in control naturally. Fish such as Koi and Shubunkins feed on mosquitos and other insects. Some varieties of fish can eat up to 100 larvae every day.

Each of these three methods will keep your water feature mosquito free. Of the three, the nozzle is the one with the least maintenance, and it also adds an attractive element to your water feature, contact us today!

4 Tips for a Party-Ready Outdoor Kitchen This Summer  

WP Law - Thursday, May 31, 2018
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Nothing says summer like a fun in the sun BBQ with your favorite friends and family members. Now is the perfect time to get your outdoor kitchen party-ready so you can plan those backyard festivities! Here are some tips to prepare you to get the party started!

  • Think Beyond the Grill-Creating the perfect outdoor kitchen is so much more than just a grill. Choose custom cabinets and countertops to create an amazing outdoor kitchen you will love to cook in!
  • Let the Pros Help-Leave the design work to the pros. The outdoor kitchen experts at W. P. Law can help you find the perfect design for your backyard. With dozens of cool design configurations to choose from, you are sure to find one to suit your needs.
  • Get Wet-Be sure to include an outdoor sink as part of your custom outdoor kitchen. It makes clean up a cinch, so you have more time to enjoy your summertime party and guests.
  • Keep it Cold-Incorporating a small refrigerator as part of your outdoor kitchen design is crucial. From beer and soda to condiments and salads, having a refrigerator handy for summer BBQ’s is not just convenient, but almost mandatory for today’s creative outdoor spaces!
  • W.P. Law, Inc. has the perfect grill and everything you need to build an outdoor kitchen. Let the team at W. P. Law, Inc. show you how to make your outdoor kitchen the talk of the neighborhood block.

Three Lighting Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Outdoor Space This Spring

WP Law - Thursday, April 05, 2018
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It's finally spring, which means that you and your family can enjoy spending more time outdoors. This is also a good time of year to ensure that your landscape lighting allows for maximum illumination and safety.

Choose the Most Effective Bulbs

At W.P. Law, we're proud to offer low-voltage landscape lighting from Integral Lighting and Kichler Lighting. You will need a step-down transformer to convert utility power from your lights to a low value so it can power the lamps. Low-voltage landscape lighting typically operates with a voltage less than 30 but can get to 12 or even lower. We would be happy to help you select the right light bulbs to set a relaxing mood for your outdoor space.

Combine Lighting Types for Improved Visual Effect

Overall lighting illuminates the entire surface area or you might want to consider task or accent lighting. Task lighting allows you to focus on one functional area while accent lighting highlights an object or architectural piece that you're especially proud to display. It gives your space a fuller appearance when you use a combination of lighting types.

Be Mindful of Your Neighbors

It's important to be considerate of those around you when setting up your landscape lighting display or adjusting it in the spring. You never want the light to shine into your neighbors' homes or into someone's eyes. To avoid this, consider using glare guards or lighting shields.

Don't hesitate to contact us at 803-461-0599 with additional questions about landscape lighting or complete this online form for other services.

3 Myths of Residential Water Feature Care

WP Law - Thursday, January 25, 2018
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Backyard water features and ponds have over the years had a bad reputation for being high maintenance but that's not the case. Today, there are new technologies and techniques that one can use to keep your personal paradise low maintenance. In this article we debunk myths that you have heard so many times making you shy away from landscape water features.

Here are some of the myths:

Myth 1: You need to test the water daily and apply corrective treatment

Your water feature is not chemical dependent and therefore you do not need to test the water on a daily basis. Learn from Mother Nature. She never tests the water in lakes, rivers and natural ponds. In the wild, no store-bought chemicals are needed. Your water feature does not need them either. Stick to ecosystem water gardening and do away with the water testing.

Myth 2: All water features should be in the lowest part of the yard

The lowest part of the yard is probably the worst place to locate your water feature. Why? Because being the lowest part of the yard, run off water will collect there and interfere with the water feature. Water features are best positioned near the house so you can take in the tranquility and beauty of it while still in the comfort of your home.

Myth 3: It is necessary to drain and clean the water feature regularly

Draining and cleaning of a residential water feature should take place twice a year. Cleaning should be done during spring before it gets warm and bacteria have an opportunity to set up and then again in the fall to remove any fallen leaves.

Are you considering adding a water feature in your yard? Go ahead. Do not let the myths stop you. If you have any questions concerning water features, contactWP Law today for advice.

7 Ways To Rock Your Outdoor Kitchen This Fall

Marketing W. P. Law, Inc. - Thursday, October 05, 2017
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Fall is a great time to enjoy your outdoor kitchen. The weather is cooler, insects have died down, and there are so many beautiful colors to enjoy in your backyard. Whether you're planning dinner with your family or are setting up a big outdoor bash, here are seven tips to help you get the most from your outdoor space:

1. Have a pop-up tent or patio umbrella handy if the fall weather shifts and there's a little rain.

2. Now that the days are getting shorter, it's time to think about lighting features including votive candles, multipurpose swivel lamps, and path lights marking the edges of paths and the patio.

3. Make the most of flower pots. Arrange them around the sink and seating areas.

4. Rustic centerpieces look wonderful in a natural environment. Express your creativity with arrangements that include elements like autumn leaves and heirloom pumpkins.

5. Think about seating arrangements. The outdoors opens many options including lounge chairs, benches, or even blankets for sitting under the stars.

6. For many people, a stone pizza oven or high-end backyard grill is the highlight of an outdoor kitchen. However, don't underestimate the class that an elegant open air bar can add.

7. An outdoor kitchen is an evolving household feature. If you're looking for your next project, consider expanding your kitchen into a place you can enjoy year round by adding shade features.These include pergolas, gazebos, and romantic arbors.

Are you ready to turn your outdoor kitchen dreams into a reality? Contact us today at WP Law, Inc. Our friendly experts will be glad to answer any of your questions.

3 Key Factors to Consider in a Portable Water Pump

WP Law - Thursday, September 14, 2017
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Water pumps are useful tools used in a myriad of applications in the residential, agricultural and light commercial sphere. When choosing the ideal water pump, there're different features that you're going to factor in. Below are the key things to consider in a portable water pump.

Weight

If it were a stationary water pump, then the weight factor should not be an element of concern since you're going to leave your pump in the same place most of the time. However, for portable water pumps that are constantly relocated from one place to the other, it's important that you choose a lightweight design.

Energy source (gas or electricity)

Choosing the energy source that will power the pump is an important aspect that you should consider. Both of the energy sources have their unique benefits, limitations and are ideal for different tasks.

An electric water pump is commonly used where electric power is readily available. Unlike the gas water pumps, the electric versions of the pumps are quieter, more efficient and do not require as much maintenance. On the flip side, the gas (or diesel) powered versions are more versatile and can be placed wherever they are needed without the need for an electrical power source.

Flow rate

The flow rate is the volume of water that is pumped over a given time. This is typically measured in gallons per minute (GPM). The flow rate will determine how fast you will be able to get your job done. Depending on the intended use of your portable water pump, you can choose different flow rates.

Whether it's just draining water from your swimming pool or for your lawn sprinkling purposes, choosing the right water pump will make your water pumping endeavors a memorable experience. If you would like to know more about the portable water pumps, contact our experts at W. P. Law, Inc. for more information.

3 Outdoor Kitchen Ideas For Small Spaces

WP Law - Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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Now that summer is here, grilling season is in full effect. Upgrade your outdoor kitchen to make your patio stand out from the rest of in your neighborhood. Just because you have a smaller outdoor space doesn't mean you have to downsize your outdoor entertaining!

Creating a functional and luxurious feel in a smaller space takes a little bit more creativity and a little more know-how -- but it is worth the investment. Deciding which elements are important to you is the first step:

  • Kitchen Island: Islands are great because they can be modified to fit your specific space and are multifunctional. If they are properly utilized they can incorporate storage, counter space and seating or serving space. These elements make it a perfect area for hosting outdoor gatherings.
  • Outdoor Lighting: Simple design elements like outdoor lighting helps your small space feel larger and more cozy. Adding lighting to dark corners or even underneath your island can illuminate your space and brighten up your outdoor kitchen.
  • Fire Pit:Nothing goes better with a cookout than sitting by the fire and roasting marshmallows. A fire pit can be a great addition that can be enjoyed year-round.

When you go for an important purchase such as outdoor kitchen upgrades, you want to make sure that you're buying something that's going to last. These three upgrades are sure to make your cookouts the object of everyone's envy. Contact the experts at WP Law to discuss the best options for your space!

Maintain Your Water Feature with the Right Chemicals

Marketing W. P. Law, Inc. - Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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If you have a water fountain, pond or waterfall, you know how relaxing it is to sit by the water and enjoy the tranquility of the moment. However, to fully appreciate your water feature, you have to maintain it properly. Without the right care, you will find yourself sitting next to a murky green pond or looking at a slimy water fountain. Also, a neglected water feature can detract from your property's appeal. Fortunately, it is pretty easy to keep your fountain looking crystal clear. The first steps in caring for your water feature are to:

1. Check the water level-Make sure that the water pump is running at all times and that the pump is covered with water.

2. Remove debris and leaves-At least twice per week, skim the pond's surface to remove any debris.

3. Scrub the Fountain-Drain your fountain once a month and clean it with a brush and mild detergent.

What are the Right Chemicals for my Water Feature?

With all of the different chemicals available for ponds and water features, it might be difficult to know which ones you need. Here are some of the most common chemicals that are used to clean water features.

  • Algaecide-An algaecide will help eliminate algae from fountains, streams and water features. Choose one that works in all temperatures.
  • Foam Remover-Foam is a common problem in indoor and outdoor water features. It is caused by excessive organic compounds that are left behind by animals, plants and bacteria. A foam remover will help keep the foam from forming in your fountain.
  • Sludge Cleaner-This usually contains beneficial bacteria and will help maintain a strong biological balance in your water garden or pond and keep your rocks and gravel sludge-free, as well.

A waterfall or fountain is a beautiful, relaxing landscaping feature. For more helpful information and tips about maintaining your water feature, visit W.P. Law.

How to Make Your Outdoor Kitchen Part of Your Home

WP Law - Thursday, May 25, 2017
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For many people, an outdoor kitchen is a way to expand their living space and bring the outdoors into their home; however, these same people may be struggling to find ways to integrate their outdoor kitchen with the rest of the home. For those looking for advice regarding their outdoor kitchen, there are a few ways to better integrate this home addition with the rest of the home itself.

Choose the Right Location

Before even starting with the outdoor kitchen, it is vital to pick the right spot for this addition to ensure it integrates well with the rest of the home. Place the outdoor kitchen near the eating and dining area so that it is easy to run dishes between the outdoor kitchen, the serving area, and the hungry people. If the location is chosen well, the outdoor kitchen will see more use and feel like a part of the home.

Bring the Indoors Outside

To further integrate the outdoor kitchen, it is important to bring the indoors to the outdoor world. This means buying reliable appliances that are intended for outdoor use. Make sure there is a place to store the cooking equipment to cut down on the time spent running between the inside and the outside. Add a little bit of ambiance or seating to the outdoor kitchen as well. This will encourage people to make use of the outdoor kitchen and unite the indoor and outdoor worlds into one.


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