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Designing and Building an Outdoor Kitchen

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As Canadians, we don’t want to waste a second of the short-lived summer weather we receive. The desire to entertain and spend time outside became even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has led to an increase in requests for backyard landscape designs which include outdoor kitchens or BBQ stations. Designing and building an outdoor kitchen or BBQ station is a great way to make summer entertaining easier and more inclusive for the cook! Not to mention that on those hot summer days, cooking outside is enjoyable and helps keep your house cool.

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The most important part about designing an outdoor kitchen is defining the intended function of the space; are you looking for a simple BBQ station or extravagant fully functioning outdoor kitchen? As the complexity of the design increases, so will the cost and the number of contractors required to install your cooking area (think electricians and plumbers). Choosing the location of your outdoor kitchen or BBQ station is important too, it should be somewhere convenient, close to the house, fits into the flow of your outdoor space, and be in a protected area. Designing and building an outdoor kitchen in Ontario is a lot different than somewhere with year-round warm weather. In Ontario you will need to factor the extreme seasonal weather changes into your design, and be realistic towards how many months you’ll be able to use this cooking space.

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Outdoor kitchens and BBQ stations in Canada will require winterization, this is important to remember when you’re planning the design. The more complex your kitchen is, the more work it will require to open/close for the season.

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Once you’ve decided what function your outdoor kitchen or BBQ stand is going to serve, you can start choosing the design materials and appliances. Due to the harsh elements, choosing durable materials, that are specifically designed for Canada’s climate, are imperative. Choosing outdoor cabinetry and outdoor countertops to withstand stains, heat, scratches & abrasions, UV light, and additional weight of snow in the winters is also an important factor in your decision. Fortunately, there are lots of products on the market to choose from!

Here are some appliances to consider for your outdoor Kitchen or BBQ Station:

    • BBQs and Grills
    • Refrigeration
    • Side burners
    • Outdoor oven
    • Beverage center
    • Warming units
    • Ice Machine
    • Dishwasher

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Contact us today to discuss your outdoor kitchen or BBQ station design!