As outdoor living spaces rise in popularity, so do cooking spaces—especially outdoor kitchens. Grilling and dining outdoors are the most common reasons for spending time in one’s yard or space. Outdoor kitchen equipment can be added in modular units, starting with a grill, and then adding appliances and features like counters and islands as your needs and interests grow.
So, is it time to add more than just a tiny charcoal barbecue? Consider these valid reasons for planning and building outdoor kitchen.
Utilize Your Outdoor Space
A yard is a luxury that is meant to be enjoyed. Without the need to add a room, build walls or spend more money on your home, you can still maximize the use of the land you currently have. Do this by simply incorporating the space you already have on your back porch.
If you have a covered patio, you’re all set to bring in appliances and have the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. In your outdoor cooking area, you and your family members can celebrate birthdays, holidays, or just enjoy the great outdoors.
A Great Value Boost For Your Property
Thanks to the popularity of this landscaping service, an addition to your patio design, such as adding an outdoor kitchen can earn a high rate of return on the homeowner’s financial investment. Moreover, when it comes time to listing your house on the market, an outdoor kitchen is a real amenity. The idea of eating outdoors appeals to just about everyone. Most of today’s BBQ grills and other patio appliances are made from stainless steel, which makes them able to handle the changing temperatures with the seasons. When you have a functional outdoor kitchen, you have an investment you can use and enjoy for many years to come.
Save On Utility Bills
When you’re grilling outside during the summer, your air conditioner won’t have to work overtime to keep your house cool. When you bake, fry, roast, and broil foods in your inside-kitchen, the temperature in your house elevates several degrees, which kicks the AC into overdrive. When you cook outdoors, you will save on energy consumption. Plus, cooking outdoors is a great way to enjoy the warm weather and escape from the mundane indoor cooking.
Amazing Way To Entertain Your Family and Friends
A top benefit of having an outdoor kitchen is that they’re perfect spaces for entertaining. When food is grilled out on the patio, guests can gather around the BBQ grill and socialize as dinner is being prepared. It might get crowded in an indoor kitchen when everyone hangs out with the cook, but outside there’s much more space. You can increase the comfort for your party guests by adding patio heaters, outdoor furnishings, strings of lights, and some mood music.
Keep Smells Outside
Some foods smell delicious while they’re cooking, while others are less desirable. When you cook especially odiferous foods such as fish, seafood or deep-fried items, those aromas can linger for days. However, when you prepare the same menu items outside, your indoor living space stays fresh.
Now that we’ve covered the undeniable benefits that an outdoor kitchen offers, let’s look into some outdoor kitchen material options for your upcoming landscaping project.
Veneers are used to add a decorative finish to the exterior walls of a built-in barbecue. The most common veneer types are brick, stone and stucco. Each type has its own style as well as its own list of pros and cons. Think about matching your barbecue’s veneer to the exterior of your house or elements in your yard.
If you’re looking for a barbeque veneer that’s durable and has timeless appeal, brick is a great option. A brick veneer is a good way to get a quality finish without having to construct the entire base of your kitchen out of brick. Brick laying is labor-intensive and requires professional masonry skills; however, a brick veneer is much simpler.
Brick remains a popular material in certain regions where it is already well established in the architectural vernacular. It is almost always used in projects where brick is pre-existing and should logically be extended into the outdoor kitchen or barbecue center.
If you want an upscale finish for your outdoor kitchen that has a natural look a stone veneer is the facing option for you. Stone veneer, the most popular facing choice for outdoor kitchens, is incredibly durable and has enduring appeal. There is a wide variety of stone veneer available. You can get stacked or whole stones in a wide array of patterns and earthy hues.
Installing stone veneer is a job that should be handled by professionals. This will ensure that the stone facing will be properly reinforced with metal ties and last for many years. Because they can be quite heavy, stone veneers made of real stone work best when installed over a concrete block structure. If you’re planning to add a stone veneer to your outdoor kitchen, don’t hesitate to contact M.E Contracting, as one of the top landscaping services company in Toronto, we have had experience working with different materials and understanding how each can be installed and worked into the rest of your patio design.
Additionally, real stone facing requires that corrugated metal ties be used for reinforcement. Manufactured stone veneers weigh up to one-third less than their natural counterparts. This means that they can be installed on wood or steel frame structures that have been faced with moisture and heat resistant backer board.
Stucco is a cement based mortar that is spread thinly over a solid backing. Stucco can be used on and type of outdoor kitchen base structure: concrete block, wood-framed with backer board, or steel-framed with backer board. It is lightweight and easy to apply.
The ability to extend stucco into the outdoor kitchen helps save money and blends with the architecture more effectively. Stucco is also the least expensive surface material, particularly when used on a larger scale. The beauty of stucco is the rainbow of colors possible, which brings a wider range of aesthetic options for unique homes, sleek modern looks and artistic flares.
As the outdoor living space in Toronto is getting more recognition and appreciation, it is crucial that you work with an experienced, professional and passionate landscaping services firm team to turn any landscaping idea from a vision to a valuable succeed for your family.
Visit our 7,000 sft landscaping showroom or drop us a line at 416 238 6700 to book a showroom appointment and discuss all the possibilities and learn all about the immense value you can bring to your property.