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Outdoor Fireplaces
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Welcome to Forum Outdoor Designs

Welcome to Forum Outdoor Designs

The Roman Forum was the central gathering place for the citizens of ancient Rome. Today more and more Texans are building their own personal forums that have become the central gathering place for family and friends. Outdoor Living Environments have become the new vacation destination, accessible every day of the year.

Whether you want a simple Patterned Concrete Patio with a Cedar Shade Arbor or a fully equipped Outdoor Entertainment Center with a Stone Patio, elegant Outdoor Kitchen, Stone Fire Place or Fire Pit, Special Lighting, an Insect Control System and a Weather Proof Covering for year round use situated next to your Custom Built Pool, there are few investments you can make that will yield more pleasure and enjoyment for every member of your family.

The craftsmen who design and build our projects have decades of accumulated experience and have built some of the most stunning outdoor living environments in North Texas. Just as important, the management of Forum Outdoor Designs, LLC has decades of business experience so you can be confident that your project will be completed as promised.

With our state of the art computer design software, you will be able to actually see what your Outdoor Entertainment Environment will look like before it is built.

Call today for a free consultation so you can see for yourself how Forum Outdoor Designs, LLC can transform your backyard into your own personal Forum.

Bill Schereck


Posted: November 11, 2008

Housing and Financial Crisis Promotes Homeowners Investing in Their Current Homes

The impact of the recent double whammy of the housing crisis and the financial sector collapse needs no repeating. Everyone has felt the impact. But as severe as this recent trauma has been, the majority of people are still working and making their mortgage payments. As a result many home owners are choosing to invest n their present home to both increase its future value and to enhance its livability.

In the suburban areas where homes are fairly new, one of the most popular home improvements is an Outdoor Entertainment Environment. Instead of spending thousands of dollars taking the family on a two week vacation, many are investing in transforming their own backyards into a year round vacation destination. Few home improvement investments provide as much year round pleasure, or return as much upon resale, as a new stone or patterned concrete patio with an arbor or weatherproof roof over a custom outdoor kitchen with a fireplace or fire pit.

A new outdoor living environment will often change how a family lives by providing not only additional living space, but a totally new environment to experience and share. According to Bill Schereck, President of Forum Outdoor Designs, "Many families find that the entire family dynamic will change when a bare backyard is transformed into a complete Outdoor Living Environment. Teenagers especially, choose to stay home more as it becomes their favorite gathering place for friends.

Parents find they entertain more but spend far less than when entertaining in restaurants. In fact, one of the hottest developments in the Outdoor Living Environment is the Custom Kitchen with attached Bar and/or Bistro Table which enables the chef to visit with guests and family while preparing the meal. "We now design our kitchens so the chef becomes the center of the social experience and all the guests can participate in the food preparation process. You cannot overstate how the experience changes when everyone is in the same space," continued Schereck, "it becomes a shared experience for all.

People are surprised to learn how popular a year-round Outdoor Fireplace is. Few things can cap off a wonderful food experience and camaraderie as well as sitting around a fire watching flickering flames and listening to the crackle of burning wood. By positioning the fireplace to the North side of the area, heat is blown out of the Patio in the Summer, but during the Fall and Winter the Fireplace will help keep the outdoor environment comfortable. Add appropriate outdoor lighting and a music system and your Outdoor Entertainment Environment can become truly magical. By incorporating the new HDTV systems designed for exterior use, you can enjoy all the benefits of the Outdoor Entertaining Environment without missing that all-important football game or the latest American Idol.

"What companies such as ours do," said Schereck, "is to work with families to help them create the maximum entertainment environment within the limitations of size and resources. People are often surprised at how much we can build into even small spaces and smaller budgets. Our Outdoor Entertaining Environment will enhance the value of your home when it's time to sell, but more importantly enhance the enjoyment of your home while you live there.

Bill Schereck
Forum Outdoor Designs, LLC
4157 Herschel Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219