Categories Pool


So you want a pool in your yard, your own private place to kick back, relax, and get a little exercise.  But before you start investing money, here are some things you should discuss with your contractor.

How Big?
This depends on both the space available for the pool and how you want to use it.  If you want a good workout, you need a big rectangular pool with straight sides.  Most residential pools, however, are free-form to fit the space available.  Or perhaps you’d prefer a smaller dipping pool where the kids can play safely, and you can relax in the cool water.

Where To Put It?
This again depends on the space available in your yard and how much of that yard you want to give up.  Do you want your yard to be all pool with some pavers around the edge?  Or do you want the landscaping to make it make the whole environment more attractive?

How Much Will It Cost?
For most homeowners, this is the big question, and there are a lot of considerations that go into answering it.  Begin with size and location.  Then consider possible extras like solar or gas heating, decorative add-ons like color and tile, or maybe a mechanical pool cover – even a pergola for shade and patio furniture.  Think about the possible tradeoffs.  What would you give up to get something you want more and still say on a budget?

Your contractor will handle permits, materials, and other project costs.  Just be sure you get an itemized list of those costs.  Some of them may be tax-deductible.

It’s An Investment



Categories Kitchen, Outdoor


4 Seasons Remodeling & Design OUTDOOR KITCHENS Los Angeles

Outdoor kitchens are probably the most desirable property improvement homeowners can

make, especially here in Southern California, where the weather is great, and outdoor

entertaining is part of the lifestyle. As a California based company, we at 4 Seasons

Remodeling and Design understand that lifestyle and all the things that make it special.

An outdoor kitchen is not only a great place to cook and entertain, it transforms your

backyard or patio into an extension of your home’s living space. It becomes a more enjoyable

place to spend time with family and friends.

The difference between a simple backyard barbecue and an outdoor kitchen is all the

conveniences that make any kitchen really useful. Here are a few of the basics.

  •  Built-in gas grill
  •  Additional burner(s) for preparing side dishes
  •  Countertops for food preparation
  •  Sink or mini-bar
  •  Refrigerator
  •  Food storage compartments
  •  Concealed trash container
  • Depending on the space available, there are all sorts of additional features that can go into your outdoor kitchen.
  •  Ice maker or ice chest
  •  Wine cooler
  •  Blender
  •  Utensil drawers
  •  Pizza oven
  •  Extended patio roof
  •  Outdoor television…

You get the idea. At 4 Seasons Remodeling and Design, we design outdoor kitchens to suit your individual needs, your taste, and your budget. An outdoor kitchen is also one of the best investments you can make in home remodeling. Properly designed and installed, it adds a huge WOW factor to your home’s visual appeal and appraised value.

Because 4 Seasons provides complete landscaping and remodeling services, we can redesign your entire outdoor space, including lighting, patio heaters, planters, walkways, even a swimming pool, and shower. However large or small your backyard project may be, we have the skills, training, and experience to make it happen. It all begins with a plan. We meet with you, look over the property, offer suggestions, show you some of the work we’ve already done, and talk about what features you want to see in our new outdoor kitchen. That’s our commitment to you – to make sure the outcome is everything you hoped it would be.

Categories Home Maintenance

Remodeling Your Home: How it Works

4 Seasons Remodeling

At some point in time, every homeowner decides that it’s time to remodel their home. It may be a whole home “facelift” or one specific area that you want to improve. Remodeling can be an overwhelming process but one that will be worth it when you sit down to enjoy your new improved home.   Here is what you can expect from the process: 

  1. Decide on Projects & Set Priorities:  Make a list of what you would like to change in your home and then rank each one.   Consider your family’s lifestyle and how you want to use each room when setting your priorities.  You may also want to consider making your home more energy efficient or providing better accessibility for someone with limited mobility.   
  2. Set a Budget:  This is an important step for you at the beginning of your remodel.   You need to know what you can afford and how much you want to designate for the changes that you want to make to your home.  A reliable contractor will be respectful of your finances and help you make choices depending on your budget. They will be mindful of spending and communicate with you during the process to keep your project within budget.
  3. Hire a Contractor:   There are many different aspects of home remodeling, having ONE person who is responsible for all of those pieces will make your life and your remodel easier.   It will also save you time and money in the long run. You should hire a reputable contractor with good references, someone who you can communicate with and who listens to what you want for your home remodel.  You also need to check that they have a license and insurance. 
  4. Design:    An experienced contractor will have done many projects and should have some helpful ideas for you.  They will know what works and what looks good. Explain, as clearly as you can, what you are looking for in this remodel.   They can help you decide on what will work best with your lifestyle. The contractor will then come back to you with design plans for your project and discuss the expected timeline.  Together, you will make any necessary changes until you are happy with the plan. 
  5. Secure Permits & Order Materials:  When you have an agreed upon project plan, it is time to get started!  Your contractor will pull the permits for the job. Each permit has a cost associated with it that must be paid to the city.  They will also order the materials needed and arrange to deliver them to your home. 
  6. Demolition:  The work crew will be clearing the workspace to be able to rebuild your new area.  They will take out the old cabinets, appliances, and flooring depending on what you are changing.   Anything that is going to be new and beautiful…. the old stuff needs to be taken out! 
  7. Walls: If you are taking out or moving walls this will be done during demo.  Then new wall frames will be built. 
  8. Plumbing, Electrical, & Insulation:  Everything within the walls needs to be done before new drywall can be put up.  New electrical and plumbing will need to pass inspection before your contractor can move to the next step. 
  9. Drywall & Windows: Once the rough-in work is done and the project has passed inspection, the drywall and windows can be installed. 
  10.  Install Flooring & Paint:  Now your remodel is really starting to look like what you have dreamed about!  The walls are up and being painted and the floor is being installed. You will see the style and colors that you have chosen come to life in your home. 
  11.  Finishing Touches: It’s finally time for the finishing touches!  New cabinets, lighting, baseboards, crown moldings, and appliances will all be installed. 

Through each step of the process your contractor will keep you updated and troubleshoot the inevitable unexpected challenges.  You now have improved the value of your home as well as your day to day enjoyment of it.