Visit us at the Richmond Home Show, March 4-6

March 1, 2011

Stop by the Richmond Home Show, March 4-6 at the Richmond Raceway Complex.  Our booth will be in the first building by the door to enter the rest of the show.  You can’t miss us!  Check this link for more information on the Richmond Home and Garden Show

 Here are a few pictures from the show we did this Winter.  A travertine patio with seat walls, a stone outdoor kitchen, landscaping, a fountain and a bench and table made by one of our designers!  Our designers and installers are truly talented.  Can’t wait for this show!

A stone bench and table that Chris McClaning made from some extra material at the shop.  


 A stone outdoor kitchen with pizza oven/grill combo, a soap stone counter top and natural stone bar top.   


Tips for Building your Outdoor Kitchen

January 27, 2010

If you are anything like me now that the snowy winter has come, you are counting the days until summer.  So why not start planning your perfect outdoor space…the warm summer days will be here before you know it! 

Anticipating warm summer weather, I thought I would start this year off with a blog to give some advice on how to

Paver outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchen with paver base and blue stone counter

build that perfect outdoor kitchen.  Below are a few helpful tips I share with clients when we start planning outdoor kitchens: 

Start with a Design – I always say this, but that’s because it is true.  The best way to start any project is with a good

design.  Either by yourself or with your landscape designer, start by listing all the elements that you want in an outdoor kitchen – the grill, refrigerator, sink, counter space, seating area, roof structure, the floor, and most important…the view.  Then lay it out like you would your indoor kitchen, make sure everything works together in your space.  It is best to design your entire backyard to keep everything cohesive, even if you only plan to install groups of items at a time.

Material Selection – You can create your outdoor kitchen out of many different materials, just remember that the materials you choose must resist the outdoor elements.  For the kitchen base we typically use brick and mortar,

Outdoor grill with stone face

Outdoor Grill with stone base and blue stone counter

stone, slate, paver or stucco.  Then we select the counter tops – popular choices are natural stone or granite, blue stone, paver or concrete.  Then it is time to pick your appliances, typically stainless steel works best outside.    

Plan for your Utilities – Remember when you are planning the layout and positioning of your kitchen, to plan for where your utilities will need to be run.  Do you have natural gas, electrical power and water in that location?  Always remember to have Miss Utility mark your yard before you start any landscape project. 

Provide Adequate Lighting – Ensure you have proper lighting so that when you are cooking you can see what you

 are cooking.  Not such a big problem in the summer months, but if overlooked it can be tough to grill in the dark winter months.  You can also

outdoor kitchen with lighting

Outdoor Kitchen with outdoor lighting

use light to create moods for evening cocktail parties with friends or hot dogs and hamburgers with the neighborhood kids.

Entertaining Space – Remember when you are designing your kitchen you want to create a space not just to cook, but to entertain.  So think about adequate seating, music systems, and possibly an outdoor television.  

Whatever you do, make sure it fits your needs and personality.  Remember if you need some help give us a call at Carville Landscape Co.  For more pictures and information on outdoor kitchens, visit our website at

Outdoor Kitchen with Pizza Oven and Travertine Pool

November 23, 2009

We had a great project in November that we are just finishing up and I thought I would share it here.  We were working with a great client that wanted to bring a little piece of Italy to their backyard.  So we installed a pool with a beautiful travertine pool deck.  And gave them an outdoor kitchen complete with granite counter and wood fired pizza oven – direct from Italy.   So I thought I would take you through a few pictures of the exciting project.

To start here is the clients backyard before we started.  A great level lot without anything exciting.  We started with a great plan from our designer, Ian Miller. 

The Clients backyard before the project. Just a great level lot!

Then the work began, getting the pool in, picking great materials to use, and the Client helped source a wood fired pizza oven from Italy!  The whole team was excited to do this project – it was our first pizza oven!  So here are a few shots as we are in the process of installing the pizza oven. 

Some of the crew putting together the pizza oven.

The oven came in five pieces and weighed about 1500 pounds.  It took four people to lift it and piece it together!

some of the crew applying the stucco

Then came the stucco to cover the oven and the base.  We completed it with a granite counter top!

completed pizza oven

Here is a picture of the completed outdoor kitchen and pizza oven. 

Travertine pool and pizza oven

Here is the final project with the beautiful travertine pool and the pizza oven, ready for a fun weekend.   Enjoy!

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