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A Space of Your Own

Creating An Outdoor Space That Suits You, Uniquely

A one-size-fits-all outdoor space isn’t any more ideal than a one-size-fits-all home — we all have our own unique needs and expectations when it comes to both the inside and outside spaces we inhabit. That’s why we specialize in custom outdoor living spaces at Top Hat Outdoor Living. We don’t just want to help you improve your outdoor space (though that’s certainly part of our aim). We want to help create the exact outdoor living area you envisioned, whether it’s a simple and cozy nook that lets you cuddle up by a fire, or an expansive outdoor cooking area fit for a chef.

Some of the options we can walk through if you work with Top Hat on your outdoor living space:

A Patio That Suits Your Taste And Space

Do you want to add on to living space outdoors, but aren't sure what will best make use of your space? We can help.

A home doesn’t look or feel finished without flooring, and an outdoor living space usually doesn’t look or feel finished without a patio to frame out and anchor it. If you plan to entertain or enjoy meals and togetherness outside, a patio makes that experience feel like a lot more than just sitting in the yard.

We work with different approaches and designs to help develop the perfect patio, whether it’s surrounding a pool or forming the base for your outdoor cook’s kitchen. We can go over the aesthetic and functional benefits of concrete and pavers, options for covering your patio (like a pergola) and how materials and designs fit into your budget and needs. At the end of the process, our aim is to deliver your vision, and to make you fall in love with your outdoor space.

An Outdoor Fireplace That Fits In Size And Design

We may be biased, but we think an outdoor fireplace really elevates an outdoor living area — makes it cozier, more comfortable and more beautiful. It also becomes a really strong focal point, so most of us want a fireplace that really exemplifies our taste, whether it’s something modern that carries through the aesthetic of the inside of our home, or a totally unique look that makes us feel like we were transported to a Tuscan olive grove.

At Top Hat Outdoor Living, we can design and build everything from a small and simple fire pit to an ornate fireplace with a prominent stone chimney and built-in seating around the sides. A custom fireplace gives you a chance to put a design stamp that really reflects your tastes — and we love turning those visions into reality.

An Outdoor Kitchen That Meets All Your Culinary Needs

If you love to cook, an outdoor kitchen can really enhance your life, from allowing you to stay among your guests while you cook (instead of running in and out of the house) to adding new tools to your arsenal, like a wood fired oven. At Top Hat Outdoor Living, we can outfit an outdoor kitchen with everything you need to have a perfect work and entertaining space, from a simple grill and cutting area to the whole works — refrigerator, dishwasher, even a wine cooler.

In terms of value, outdoor kitchens remain hugely popular with homeowners, and that popularity isn’t expected to slow down either — according to The American Society of Landscape Architects’ 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey, outdoor kitchens (and fire pits too) are still among the Top 10 Outdoor Design trends. So if you ever decide to sell, you know you’ve added something desirable (and something you’ve been able to love in the interim).

If you’ve been thinking about ways to make your outdoor living area more than it is — something that suits your needs to a T — Top Hat Outdoor Living would love to help you realize that vision. Just give us a call!

 

 

 

 

Creating Outdoor Spaces

Creating An Outdoor Space That Suits You, Uniquely

A one-size-fits-all outdoor space isn’t any more ideal than a one-size-fits-all home — we all have our own unique needs and expectations when it comes to both the inside and outside spaces we inhabit. That’s why we specialize in custom outdoor living spaces at Top Hat Outdoor Living. We don’t just want to help you improve your outdoor space (though that’s certainly part of our aim). We want to help create the exact outdoor living area you envisioned, whether it’s a simple and cozy nook that lets you cuddle up by a fire, or an expansive outdoor cooking area fit for a chef.

We know you have questions about what options are available to you. We have answers.

We know you have questions about what options are available to you. We have answers.

Some of the options we can walk through if you work with Top Hat on your outdoor living space:

A Patio That Suits Your Taste And Space

A home doesn’t look or feel finished without flooring, and an outdoor living space usually doesn’t look or feel finished without a patio to frame out and anchor it. If you plan to entertain or enjoy meals and togetherness outside, a patio makes that experience feel like a lot more than just sitting in the yard.

We work with different approaches and designs to help develop the perfect patio, whether it’s surrounding a pool or forming the base for your outdoor cook’s kitchen. We can go over the aesthetic and functional benefits of concrete and pavers, options for covering your patio (like a pergola) and how materials and designs fit into your budget and needs. At the end of the process, our aim is to deliver your vision, and to make you fall in love with your outdoor space.

An Outdoor Fireplace That Fits In Size And Design

We may be biased, but we think an outdoor fireplace really elevates an outdoor living area — makes it cozier, more comfortable and more beautiful. It also becomes a really strong focal point, so most of us want a fireplace that really exemplifies our taste, whether it’s something modern that carries through the aesthetic of the inside of our home, or a totally unique look that makes us feel like we were transported to a Tuscan olive grove.

At Top Hat Outdoor Living, we can design and build everything from a small and simple fire pit to an ornate fireplace with a prominent stone chimney and built-in seating around the sides. A custom fireplace gives you a chance to put a design stamp that really reflects your tastes — and we love turning those visions into reality.

An Outdoor Kitchen That Meets All Your Culinary Needs

If you love to cook, an outdoor kitchen can really enhance your life, from allowing you to stay among your guests while you cook (instead of running in and out of the house) to adding new tools to your arsenal, like a wood fired oven. At Top Hat Outdoor Living, we can outfit an outdoor kitchen with everything you need to have a perfect work and entertaining space, from a simple grill and cutting area to the whole works — refrigerator, dishwasher, even a wine cooler.

In terms of value, outdoor kitchens remain hugely popular with homeowners, and that popularity isn’t expected to slow down either — according to The American Society of Landscape Architects’ 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey, outdoor kitchens (and fire pits too) are still among the Top 10 Outdoor Design trends. So if you ever decide to sell, you know you’ve added something desirable (and something you’ve been able to love in the interim).

If you’ve been thinking about ways to make your outdoor living area more than it is — something that suits your needs to a T — Top Hat Outdoor Living would love to help you realize that vision. Just give us a call!

 

 

 

 

Extending Chimney Life

Let the service pros at Top Hat Outdoor Living assist you in creating your ideal outdoor living space. Give us a call today!

Let the service pros at Top Hat Outdoor Living assist you in creating your ideal outdoor living space. Give us a call today!

When thinking of ways to spend your hard-earned savings this summer, chimney problems are not where you want those extra dollars to go. There are a few things you can do to make sure that your chimney’s lifespan is as long as it can be. To learn more about how Top Hat Outdoor Living can help you, give us a call today!

Chimney Sweeps

The most important thing you can do for your fireplace and chimney is to have it cleaned by a CSIA-certified chimney sweep, as this is the only way to truly remove dangerous creosote buildup. Creosote is a sticky chemical residue that is formed when wood is burned at lower-than-optimal temperatures and is capable of building up within your chimney. As the gas moves up the chimney, the oils are deposited on the inner walls of your chimney. This buildup decreases the amount of open space through which harmful combustion gases and smoke can pass. When this happens, odor can be caused in the home; another undesirable consequence is the increased risk of a chimney fire.

Keep up with Repairs

When your chimney needs to be repaired you should give it attention sooner rather than later. If there are cracks in your chimney, you should have them fixed immediately both to prevent it from worsening and to keep water intrusion to a minimum. Water can also get in when the flashing is loose or damaged. If water gets into your chimney, it creates optimal conditions for the growth of mold. If mold is allowed to spread, it can eventually spread throughout your home. Also, you want to make sure your chimney cap is properly installed and working.

Waterproofing

It is recommended that if you live in a wet area that you have your chimney waterproofed. This can be done in a day’s time after you’ve had the chimney swept and the structure cleaned. Chimney technicians will spray a coat of water repellent on the outside of your chimney. It is recommended that this be done on a clear day; will take about six hours to dry. In some cases, you may need to have two coats applied.

Chimney systems are made up of numerous parts, all of which should be inspected by your chimney professional during your yearly chimney inspection and sweeping. To prevent major chimney system repairs, it’s crucial to make minor repairs as soon as the need for them arises. Contact the team at Top Hat Outdoor Living with any and all of your chimney service related questions. We want you to have all of the information you need!

Want an Outdoor Fireplace?

Are You Dreaming About Adding An Outdoor Fireplace?

If you don't know how to spruce up your outdoor space, opt to have an outdoor fireplace installed. Know your options.

If you don’t know how to spruce up your outdoor space, opt to have an outdoor fireplace installed. Know your options.

While the dead of a Southern summer can get the best of all of us, we really do have a great weather benefit here in Middle Tennessee: extended, outdoor-time-friendly stretches in spring and fall that are made that much better with the addition of an outdoor fireplace.

At Top Hat Outdoor Living, we specialize in what our name implies: Turning outdoor areas into extensions of your home, whether that means building an expansive patio with a pergola, a customized outdoor kitchen or a cozy nook with an outdoor fireplace perfect for entertaining or family togetherness.

Sizes, Styles And Finishes: We Can Create Your Dream Fireplace

At Top Hat Outdoor Living, we’ve been creating outdoor fireplaces for more than two decades, and we’re committed to taking our clients’ visions and making them a reality.

We can customize your outdoor fireplace from start to finish, whether you’re looking for a simple fire pit or a large and detailed fireplace with intricate stone design that becomes the focal point of your property. We’ll work with you to choose materials (brick, stone, tile or beyond), pinpoint your desired aesthetic (clean and modern, or like the grounds of a Tuscan villa?) and decide on the right fuel (do you want the convenience of gas, or the classic charm of wood?). No matter how simple or grand your outdoor fireplace vision is, Top Hat Outdoor Living’s CSIA-certified technicians can bring it to life, with the detailed workmanship we’ve built our reputation on.

Your Outdoor Fireplace Can Be More Than A Fireplace

Are you passionate about culinary pursuits? Your outdoor living area can bring a versatile new tool into your cooking arsenal too. We regularly install, build and customize woodfire ovens for clients who want more than just warmth and ambiance from their outdoor fireplace. You can certainly sit and enjoy a glass of wine next to your woodfire oven, but you can also perfect your bread and pizza making, and cook a host of other dishes. Since woodfire ovens can get as hot as 1000° F, you can do a lot with these that you can’t do in your traditional oven. And like all of our outdoor appliances, we can customize your oven, and make it exactly what you want.

Ready to talk about the outdoor fireplace you’ve been picturing? We’d be glad to answer any questions you have, and talk options, approaches and installation. Give Top Hat Outdoor Living a call!

Time to Accessorize

Some people could spend all day accessorizing their homes, their outfits, their cars, or whatever else they may hold dear to them.  However, no one really thinks about what extra pizzazz they can add to their chimney, or how they can reuse products efficiently.  In an effort not to waste anything usable, always try to find a practical use for something before tossing it out.  Be careful though, as this could lead to a mild case of being a hoarder – and no one wants that!  If you are new to having a chimney or outdoor fireplace and need some expert advice, call the professionals at Top Hat Outdoor Living.

If you have any questions about getting the most of your outdoor fireplace, don't hesitate to call.

If you have any questions about getting the most of your outdoor fireplace, don’t hesitate to call.

 

Tools On Hand

You should always make sure that your fireplace has the appropriate cover.  One of the things you will need is a cover or glass door to prevent any type of spark, flame, or smoke from entering your home.  You will also need a fireplace blanket for non-burning hours to keep outdoor air from making its way in.  For matches and lighters, you can use whatever type you like.  Just make sure that you ask a pro before using something new so that you can check for safety.  Lastly, a mat outside of your fireplace will keep ash and other debris from being spread all over your home.  The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) also includes other accessories that they feel are important.  These include blowers, grates, dampers, and screens.  To learn more click here.

Companies also make a variety of firewood and ash holders to keep things tidy and safe.  Do not worry though, because they come in a variety of colors and sizes to best fit the space you are working with.  And remember, a fireplace is only as good as the way it is kept so be sure that you have all of the right tools to help with that.  Your kit should include a broom and scoop for cleaning purposes, and a poker and tongs for situating the fire logs.  Utility gloves are always important to wear when dealing with your fireplace and chimney because they will protect your skin from heat, ash, or creosote.

How can you change up the way you use your accessories?

  • Buy painted or decorative styles of covers
  • Use old firewood holders for garage organization
  • If the mat is not too soiled, use it for an outdoor rug
  • Use your old utility gloves for landscaping or gardening

Ready for an Outdoor Fireplace?

 

What are my outdoor fireplace options?

Outdoor fire places are becoming more and more popular in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee areas. That’s no surprise—we’ve got a great climate that enables us to enjoy the outdoors a lot more than people in many other parts of the country. At Top Hat Outdoor Living, we’ve got knowledge, experience, and a great portfolio to show how we can transform your backyard into a gorgeous escape. We’re great at installing a fireplace that you’ve already picked out, or we can help with the project from the ground up—design, fireplace installation, the whole works.

There are many things you'll need to consider when looking at adding a fireplace outside. One concern is - how much space do you have?

There are many things you’ll need to consider when looking at adding a fireplace outside. One concern is – how much space do you have?

Here are a couple of the options you’ll encounter as you start looking for the best fit for your outdoor fire.

Enclosed fireplaces: You’ve got lots of options when it comes to enclosed outdoor fireplaces. First of all, they can be either gas or wood. Gas is a great option if you have access to a gas line. Gas is less expensive to use and is much easier to use and keep clean. You’ll also have choices when it comes to the style—there are free-standing units or those that are built into a landscaping design, such as a patio or wall. Enclosed fireplaces can be made of many types of materials, like stucco, stone, rock, cement, brick, and more—depending on the look you want.

Fire pits: As with enclosed fireplaces, you’ve got some choices here as well. Fire pits can be built into patios or tables, and are usually built into the ground, surrounded by your choice of stone or tile, as well as other flame-resistant materials. Fire pits can make a lovely addition to a patio design, and can either have a gas line that runs to them or be used for wood. Fire pits usually will need a screen cover to trap sparks.

If you’re looking for help designing an outdoor fireplace and patio landscape, installing a fireplace, or both, I think we’re the fit for you. With us, you’ll have the assurance that the result will not only be beautiful, but that it will also be in compliance with safety codes. We’re certified by the CSIA and NFI, just like the chimney sweeps at our sister company, Ashbusters. So give us a call when you’re ready to start building your outdoor dream space! 615-267-0565