Building an Outdoor Oasis with Norstone

Recently the weather has cooled to an average of the high 70s and the Florida "Winter" is right around the corner. Now is a perfect time to start working on your outdoor projects that are just too tough to tackle in the hot summer months. And what's a better project than something you can use to really enjoy the upcoming cooler months outdoors? From full outdoor kitchens to lush gardens, it's easy to find a project that will help you and your family enjoy the outdoors. Here are some ideas for outdoor projects that you can accomplish in a few short weeks and enjoy for many years to come: #1. Outdoor Kitchen Whether you're looking for a simple grilling station or a full outdoor kitchen, there is a project level for every person - with endless or tight budgets. The first step is to plan your outdoor kitchen within your personal budget and wish list. What type of kitchen you want will depend on a variety of factors including your cooking style, entertaining style, outdoor space, outdoor flooring, and even your house type. When you are considering what you want in your kitchen, you may want to include any number of the following:
  • Grill Station
  • Flat Top
  • Sink
  • Refridgerator
  • Cabinet Space
  • Brick Oven
  • Seating Space
Once you have planned your dream kitchen, it's all about building or finding the right builder (check out our list of recommended contractors). In this kitchen, the homeowner opted for a simple grill station with a mini fridge. They built a useful L-shape and tiled the walls with Norstone Ochre natural stone tile, giving it more outdoor appeal. We highly recommend adding natural touches with tile throughout your outdoor projects to maintain nature's appeal. #2. Sitting Areas or Lush Gardens Sometimes we all need a place to relax or to simply enjoy with guests. Good conversation really doesn't have a price and a beautiful gathering area will definitely start some conversations. This family built a garden wall accented with Norstone Orche natural stone tile and surrounded it with outdoor tables and seating areas. Tile can be used for pathways through gardens, archways, walls, and of course flooring. Allow your creativity to take hold and build an oasis in your backyard. #3. Accent Pieces If you have a smaller backyard, or simply want a smaller project, then accent pieces are just for you. For the cooler months, a fire pit will warm up your toes and create a great place to toast marshmallows with the little ones. Or you can add a brick oven for the perfect pizzas. Either stand alone or attached to a larger outdoor kitchen, a brick over adds rustic charm. The photo showcases Norstone Ivory Quartz natural stone tile on the exterior of the brick oven. No matter the project, the tile experts at D&B Tile are here to help you achieve the outdoor oasis of your dreams. Come into any of our nine South Florida locations to find a variety of Norstone natural stone tile among many other tiles that will enhance your space.