Outdoor Living Areas
The components of outdoor living spaces can vary greatly from one home to the next, however most people will agree that grills, furniture and lighting are some of the more common products used in these areas. Below are some tips on determining which products are right for your home.
Grills and Cooking
Besides checking on durability and dependability when considering to purchase a grill, make sure you inquire about the cooking capabilities including temperature evenness and the ability to grill at low temperatures. Another important feature to note is the layout of the grill. Making sure the layout is convenient for you involves checking where the accessory burners are located, making sure the rack space and shelves are adequate, and understanding how it how the controls operate for ease of use. Ask about the material of the grates since this can affect performance. For example, porcelain coated cast iron is better than porcelain coated steel because its sears your meat quicker and keeps the cooking temperature consistent.
If you have a wide open space and plan on cooking outdoors frequently, you may want to consider an outdoor kitchen. It can contain most of the same modern amenities that an indoor kitchen has including features such as warming drawers, refrigerators, cocktail centers, pizza ovens etc.. This kitchen can be custom designed to suite all of your needs!
When considering outdoor furniture, think about how many people will be in the area at one time, how many different zones you’d like to have for seating, and where these areas can be located. The dining table should be close to the grill for convenience, but it might make sense to have another lower table close by for guests to gather around in conversation who aren’t eating. Or, if you will be watching tv outside, you might want to consider a sectional so a larger number of people can be seated facing towards the same viewing area. Furniture should be arranged to compliment the function of your outdoor activities.
The most important lighting is your task lighting. When the evening approaches and your patio becomes dim, lighting over your dining table, by your cooking areas, and along paths and stairways are important. A lighting plan can be designed that will include safety and task lighting as well accent lighting on those special outdoor features such as a beautiful garden, landscaping, pool area or architectural details.