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Outdoor kitchens are a home design trend that has been growing across Canada for years and is currently experiencing unprecedented attention. It’s no wonder as an outdoor kitchen extends your living space and beautifully complements outdoor living areas that most homeowners already enjoy.

When designing your outdoor kitchen there are a number of factors that you’ll want to take into consideration, not just the appliances and décor, the most important of which is budget and space.

If you’re on a limited budget and have limited space, an outdoor kitchen island is the perfect, practical solution. A simple island can be created from a wood frame built around the barbecue of your choice. The beauty of the island is that a work surface can be created on either side of your barbecue, or just one, and can be built to also include a smoker if that’s something on your outdoor kitchen wish list. Plus, an island doesn’t have to take up a lot of room and can fit into even the smallest of outdoor spaces and a simple awning can also be constructed to provide shelter from the elements so you can better utilize your outdoor kitchen during inclement weather.

As your budget and space increases, so too do your outdoor kitchen options. With more space and money not only can you construct a larger outdoor kitchen, but also one with such added elements of electricity – perfect for running a fridge or wine cooler, or even a television or stereo system, running water – for a sink or beverage centre, seating – for your guests to gather ‘round while you cook, custom lighting – to add ambiance as well as task lighting for the space, and a cooling system – such as a ceiling fan or portable air conditioner to keep the space comfortable on even the hottest days. As with indoor kitchen planning, you’ll most likely want to employ the expertise of an outdoor kitchen designer to help you with these types of plans.

With tens of thousands of dollars and plenty of space, you can create the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. Not only could it have a barbecue, smoker, fridge, wine cooler, lighting, entertainment systems, running water, seating and a cooling system, it could even have a stone pizza oven for creating ‘za masterpieces!

That’s what I love about outdoor kitchens – the sky is literally the limit.

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