Fireplaces and Fire Pits

If you are looking for something to liven up your backyard and keep you and your family entertained and warm no matter what season it is, you should consider an outdoor fire pit or fireplace.

Not only does it give off a nice aesthetic for outdoor fun but it also gives you the opportunity to roast hotdogs or marshmallows for s’mores.

The best part is you are not limited to a specific fire area. If you get a fire pit and decide you want to get yourself an outdoor fireplace instead, you can easily exchange it out since it doesn’t require a lot to put in. As long as you have a place for it to go then you are all set to start your new outdoor renovations. Just contact your nearest Riverside construction company!

The differences between getting a fireplace and getting a fire pit is that the outdoor fireplace is just life having a fireplace indoors. It is put into a contained bricked area and given a chimney for the smoke to climb out of so it does not just blow right back out and into everyone’s faces.

While on the other hand, a fire pit is a nicely set up brick area in your backyard, kind of set up like a coffee table or an end table that you would have sitting in your living room inside of your house, and it is made so that the fire stays contained while still having edges around it so no one gets burned and nothing accidentally falls into the fire.

One of these two options can make a great addition to any backyard, and you surely will not be disappointed. There are even famous celebrities that have fire pits and fireplaces in their yards because it gives a nice aesthetic and there is not much better than lounging around a fire on a cold winter night or a hot summer one.

Artificial Lawns and Pet Odor

When you have artificial turf installed in your lawn it can be one of the best decisions you have ever made regarding your backyard. You don’t have to worry about watering or mowing your lawn as the grass is never going to get bigger or die off when it’s super dry out.

But having a pet who either lives in your backyard or spends a lot of their time out there in the mornings and or afternoons, can make life really smelly. It’s not their fault, animals tend to do their business outside and then come back in when they are finished, but with artificial turf, it doesn’t just compost into the grass, it sits there until it’s cleaned up. That is usually fine, you are probably used to cleaning up after your animals anyway. But if you happen to miss a day, things can get smelly.

When it comes to solid pet waste, to ensure that your yard stays nice and proper and smelling like fresh air and not a bathroom for your furry friend, you will need to remove the waste from your yard as quickly as possible. Pick it up with a scooper or plastic bag and dump it. Then what you are going to want to do is spray down that spot in your yard with 5 percent white distilled vinegar to make sure it is sanitized properly. After you have done this you can rinse the vinegar away with a garden hose as soon as you want to.

If the smell is coming from urine and not a solid waste, it can be a bit more complicated to track down the smell. It isn’t coming from a solid object that is easy to spot but rather a small wet spot somewhere hidden in your yard. If you happen to know exactly where your pet had gone then you can spray that spot down with the same vinegar you would use for a solid waste. But if you don’t happen to be so lucky and you are not sure as to where your little pet had gone then you can rinse the yard once a week with the vinegar and water to make sure it stays clean, sanitary and smelling fresh.

Never use a full strength cleaner on your synthetic turf because it can be harmful to people, pets, and it can also do damage to your yard in general. If you have your artificial turf installed on a solid ground such as concrete or something else, you can wash underneath the turf to erase the pet odors. Never use a highly powerful spraying tool on pet waste because that will only cause the waste to get deeper into the turf and will be much harder to get rid of when cleaning it up.

Benefits of Synthetic Turf for Property Managers and HOAs

There are several benefits of the synthetic turf for property managers and HOAs.

Curb Appeal

The first benefit is that the curb appeal is going to last you the whole year round. If the landscape is well-kept, then it will make a very good first impression for any of the prospective tenants and buyers. This is especially true if the other properties around you have a lot of weeds, dead patches, and overgrown grass. The synthetic grass is always going to look green and lush. This means that the artificial turf will always look neat and well-maintained because you will have a green space of realistic grass that is full and healthy when you need it to look its best.


The second benefit is that you will be able to save a lot of time and money on maintenance. Since the synthetic grass will always look like it has been perfectly maintained, you are not going to need a lot of maintenance. The blades of the grass are going to made of polyethylene material, so it is not going to need to be trimmed. Therefore, you will not have to hire a landscaper to apply pesticides, mow the grass, or fertilize the grass. Plus you also don’t have to water the grass so that it keeps the green look of the grass. This means that you will not have a high water bill or paying for a costly irrigation system.

Play Area

The third benefit is that the children will have a safe area to play in. You can install a jungle gym on top of this grass. This will help you to attract a lot of potential tenants because it looks fun, but also because it is a safer place for their children to play. You can show the tenants that you care about them because you have went into every detail of installing the artificial grass that is padded. This helps to prevent some injuries if the child falls because it helps to absorb some of the shock of hitting the ground. This means that it will help to protect the children from scrapes and scratches when they fall.


The fourth benefit is that you will be able to provide some fun amenities for the adults too. This means that you can put in things like bocce ball courts, putting greens, and sports fields. Therefore, you will be able to make the most of the space that you have and you can customize the space to help to meet the needs of the property. The synthetic grass is very durable so it will be able to handle a lot of foot traffic. You don’t have to worry about any dead patches in the grass where there is a lot of traffic. You want to make sure that you have a good recreational area so the residents will have something to enjoy while living them.


The fifth benefit is that it is not going to take you long at all to get a return on your investment. Even though the initial costs of the synthetic grass is high, it will be well worth it in the long run. This is because you will not have to pay any maintenance fees and high water bills. You should see a return on the investment within two years after you have purchased the synthetic grass. Plus it helps to increase the value of the property since it has a good visual appeal and it is very low maintenance. This is great if you ever decide to sell the property later on.