Dining al fresco is one of the joys of summer in Toronto and if you really want to make the most of the opportunities for outdoor eating that the warm weather presents this year, an outdoor kitchen will enable you to cook up a storm for your guests without having to keep running back and forth between your house and back yard.
As a landscaping company in Toronto we have many clients who have always looked for ways to improve their outdoor dining experience in these warm summer months. Here, we give you ideas on making the most out of your outdoor bonding, dining and entertaining amidst the stylish Toronto cityscape.
10 Great Ideas for Your New Outdoor Kitchen
Without further ado, let’s jump right into our rundown of tips for your new outdoor cooking area. You do not have to follow all 10 of course but some of them are highly recommended. We guarantee that those you do utilize will make cooking outside a far more pleasurable experience.
1. Roll-Back Roofing – A summer shower can ruin the experience of cooking in the back yard so think about incorporating some kind of roll-back canvas roof into your kitchen design. Other materials may be substituted for canvas of course, as long as they are both waterproof and durable.
2. Grill Caddy – Have your contractors build you a handy wooden grill caddy that will not only look great but will provide you with somewhere close to hand to store your raw ingredients when you are cooking in your new outdoor kitchen. It does not have to be very big: just enough room to store what you need to cook for the day will be sufficient.
3. Patio Dining Area – A patio with attractive dining furniture can be built right next to your cooking area, for both your convenience and your guests comfort. Placing it next to the space in which you plan to cook will not only ensure that all the food you prepare is piping hot when it is dished up, it will also allow you to interact with your guests while you are busy cooking.
4. Drinks Trolley – There is no point having all of your cooking ingredients and equipment to hand if you have to keep dashing back inside whenever your guests’ glasses are getting low. Constructing a sturdy drinks trolley is one way to solve this problem.
5. Hire an Experienced Contractor – This is one tip we really do hope you follow because an experienced Toronto contractor will be able to ensure that both the design and construction phases for your new outdoor cooking area go smoothly.
6. Complete Your Landscaping First – A level surface is essential for cooking equipment so make sure the landscaping for your yard and garden is carried out before the construction of your new outdoor kitchen begins.
7. Use Low Maintenance Materials – Build your countertops, floors and storage space from materials that can withstand a battering from the elements and that will not need constant maintenance to keep them looking good.
8. Echo Your Property Design – The design of your outdoor cooking space should not only complement your yard and garden but your home too. Make sure you bear this in mind at the design stage and include echoes of architectural features that can be found in your home.
9. Don’t Forget Utilities – You are going to need water and gas at a minimum, and probably electricity too. These utilities will need to be incorporated into the initial design.
10. Consider Purchasing Outdoor Gas Heaters – Outdoor heating appliances will allow you to continue enjoying your new kitchen even when the temperature begins to drop as summer turns into autumn.
For more ideas on outdoor kitchen designs or to request a comprehensive proposal, give us a call and speak to a member of our team today. Alternatively, visit us at our landscaping showroom and see for yourself exactly what we can do.