It’s finally spring! There is no better time to start your summer renovations than now. Backyard and patio renovations continue to be a trend this season, as homeowners are looking to spend more time outdoors. If you enjoy BBQing or grilling, an outdoor kitchen may be just what your home needs!
Cooking indoors in the summertime can be a dreaded task. With warmer outdoor temperatures, using the oven is often out of the question. Instead, grilling and BBQing are the main methods of cooking. A BBQ or grill can be a great addition to your backyard; however, they have little counterspace. This means many back-and-forth trips into the kitchen. With an outdoor kitchen, your family can enjoy a space to prep, dine, and entertain.
Outdoor kitchens are completely customizable, which makes them a great option for any outdoor space. They can come equipped with a fridge, oven, stovetop, and even a sink. An outdoor kitchen creates convenience, prevents food odours from lingering, and creates more living space to relax and unwind. Some of the most used outdoor kitchen materials are stone, concrete, brick, and wood, which are better suited for outdoor elements. Engineered surfaces made from a mix of ground quartz, pigments, and resins are also increasing in popularity for their durability.
A good outdoor kitchen layout can make all the difference! The main factor to consider is the functionality or purpose. If entertaining is important, you may want to design your outdoor kitchen around a swimming pool, lounge, or dining area. If you are looking to add living space to your home, it may be best to design your outdoor kitchen right off of the main house. If being protected from the elements is important, having a pergola or roof overhang may be necessary. When it comes to functionality, ensure your outdoor furniture is moveable in case you ever want to rearrange.
They say quality is more important than quantity. When it comes to an outdoor kitchen, it is also true! Outdoor appliances can be a big investment, so ensure you choose the one that works best for you. There are grills, firepits, pizza ovens, roasting spits, and many other options to choose from. Pick the option that makes the most sense when it comes to your needs and lifestyle, and do not shy away from big price tags. Do your research to ensure that your outdoor appliances last for years to come.
No matter what type of outdoor kitchen you are looking to create, FairTradeWorks’ team of Advisors are here to help! Our Advisors will guide you on everything from material selection to lighting, and even appliance recommendations. Call (604) 264-7366 to create your dream outdoor oasis!