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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!





Need Room To Breathe? What About Your Patio?

You don’t have to build on a new room to add usable, enjoyable space to your home — if you have a patio, or the space to have one built, Top Hat Outdoor living can give you and your family some beautiful and functional room to breathe.

Your patio can become your most desired space in the entire house if you put together the idea of comfort with your imagination.

Your patio can become your most desired space in the entire house if you put together the idea of comfort with your imagination.

The great thing about re-imagining outdoor space or patios, too, is that you can custom-create a space that meets your needs to the letter. Are you a culinary obsessive dying to host elaborate cookouts without having to shuffle inside and outside over and over? A couple looking for a place to enjoy a romantic, fireside glass of wine? A big family that loves to host get-togethers? With the right design and the right touches, your improved patio can become your favorite part of the house.

A few different improvements to think about:

For Cooking And Eating

At Top Hat Outdoor Living, we routinely install fully developed outdoor kitchens, replete with refrigerators, sinks, cooktops, sleek countertops — nearly all the touches of an indoor kitchen. If you’re passionate about cooking, an outdoor kitchen offers a whole new world of fun. Not only can you keep on top of grilling or smoking while you’re entertaining, you can add special new tools to your arsenal, like a brick pizza oven.

If your needs hang a little more toward entertaining, and not so much cooking, you can design a kitchen that focuses more on those needs, with a covered eating area and space that’s more suited for serving. Our technicians know the best materials and appliances for outdoor use — ones that stand up to weather and look beautiful. We can help design and build your ideal outdoor kitchen.

Entertaining In Almost Any Weather

We’re lucky in Middle Tennessee — our weather might be fickle, but we can enjoy the out of doors most of the year (some particularly mosquito-friendly summer weeks, notwithstanding). With some aforethought in design, your patio can allow you to spend time and entertain in your outdoor living area even when it’s a little too hot, or a little too cold out.

Top Hat Outdoor Living technicians can build a pergola that buffers the sun, brings shade and takes the temperature down, while adding architectural beauty. We can install outdoor fans that hold up to the elements for years of breezy enjoyment. We can design and install a covered roof that completely keeps out the rain, or screen in a patio to keep out annoying summer bugs.

A well-designed patio can help you make the most of mild(ish) Tennessee winters, too. We specialize in designing and building outdoor fireplaces and firepits, from gas to wood-burning, which can bring warmth and gorgeous ambience during the cooler months. Outdoor fire features offer so much flexibility, too — we’ve built everything from simple fire pits for families who want to get in a little s’mores time to massive, ornate fireplaces that mimic the design of a home and become the focal point of the whole yard.

Take a look at our online portfolio to get a sense of what we’ve created for other clients, and what we can do for you!

If you’ve been thinking about re-imagining your patio or outdoor space, give Top Hat Outdoor Living a call — if you let us know how you want to use your outdoor space, we can make that vision happen!