It wasn’t that long ago when cooking outdoors meant that you broke out the briquettes and tossed (burned) a few burgers on the grill.
While it remains true that an outdoor kitchen is still used as a place to cook out on the patio, homeowners nowadays treat their patio as an extension of their home’s livable space.
It’s not at all unusual these days for outdoor kitchens to have all of the modern conveniences of an indoor kitchen. In fact, homeowners who entertain frequently are adding specialty appliances such as wine chillers, under counter refrigerators, pizza ovens, and warming drawers.
Before you get all caught up in the “grill side-burners or not” debate, begin with the basic design and layout decisions. In order for your outdoor kitchen to function as an extension of your home, you’ll want to keep the scale and style consistent. Choose similar materials and design elements so that it flows from one space to the next.
While access to gas and electric lines will no doubt play a part in choosing the location of your outdoor kitchen, be sure to consider these other factors when deciding how to arrange your set up.
Other Things to Consider:
In the Zone
For years kitchen designs were based upon creating a “work triangle” whereas, the sink, refrigerator and stove were placed near each other and in a triangular configuration. While this layout is typically still used today, larger outdoor kitchen spaces allow for defined prep, cooking, eating and cleaning zones to be considered.
A Room with a View
The different views are one thing that can easily be overlooked during the planning stage. Is the cook looking at a blank wall of siding? Are the guests at the bar staring straight at the pool pump? While it may not be possible to give everyone a great view in every part of your outdoor kitchen space, it’s best to make arrangements during the layout stage to make the most of what your backyard has to offer.
Generally, smoke will blow downwind of the grill. Be mindful of windows, doors, neighbors and the dining area. You want to smoke the meat, not your guests.
Made in the Shade
Outdoor cooking often takes place during the day in hot summer months. Place your outdoor kitchen under existing shade or plan on adding new sources of shade to provide comfort year-round. Visit Berlin Gardens to view all of the possibilities of outdoor structures, available through Mock Property Services, to extend your outdoor living space.
Quality not Quantity
Just as with an indoor kitchen renovation, you’ll find that there are appliances for every imaginable food item. Oh sure, it may wow your guests to see a commercial hot dog roller machine on your patio, and who doesn’t like funnel cake? But you should assess your true needs as well as the space and care that these appliances require.
Because of the complexities involved in adding an outdoor kitchen, we recommended that you consult Mock Property Services! We can help you determine your wants and needs and offer solutions that work within your budget.
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Why hire a landscaper?
According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals, studies show that most Americans value a well-kept lawn and landscape. Plus, they believe it’s also important to spend time enjoying their yards.
Yet, it’s hard to maintain a well-kept lawn when you’re on the go all week long and your weekend schedule is maxed out. If that describes you, it may be time to hire Mock Property Services to help you keep your yard looking great-even while you’re away. Here are some reasons why you need to hire Mock Property Services. It saves you time: Let’s face it. You’re busy. You spend the majority of your week at your job, and your weekends are filled with activity. When do you have time to mow your lawn? You can still enjoy your yard even with a pro mowing it for you.
- It doesn’t need to involve a long-term contract: Don’t feel that you need to sign on the dotted line for a long-term relationship with a lawn mowing company.
- Mock Property Services will use only professional grade equipment: Your lawn may actually look better after it’s mowed by a pro because of the type of equipment they use. Since we only operate the best mowers on the market, your lawn will look great.
- Mock Property Services will only use the sharpest blades: One of the keys to good lawn maintenance includes mowing only with sharp blades. You get a cleaner cut with no injuries-thus, protecting your lawn grass from disease and insect infestation.
- Mock Property Services will only mow at the right height throughout the growing season: Another smart lawn care technique includes only taking 1/3 of the grass blade off with each mow. You want your grass to be a bit longer to naturally crowd out weeds.
- Mock Property Services is also available for additional lawn and landscape maintenance: You may be so busy with your life that you may opt for additional lawn and landscape maintenance services.
If you’re ready to take a break from your mowing chores, let us help you.
Let us build your custom package
- Pest Control
- Spring and Fall Cleanup
- Bed Maintenance
- Pruning and Trimming
- Weed Control
- Commercial Snow Removal
Plants are here!
We are very excited to announce that we have added flowering shrubs to our greenhouse selection at Mock Pond and Landscape Supply just in time for Mother’s Day. Ornamental Grasses, Roses, Hydrangeas, and more, we have plenty to choose from for your Mom!
Gift cards are also available!
Our greenhouse is also stocked full of aquatic plants for your pond. Come visit us on Saturday, May 13th when you purchase an aquatic plant basket, planting media and plants of your choice. One of our sales associates will assist in arranging your special basket for Mom. On orders of $50 or more in our Nursery or Greenhouse, we will give you 10% off of your total purchase – on Saturday, May 13th only (not applied to gift cards).
Mock Pond & Landscape Supply
We are also taking orders for your Parade of Ponds 2017 books! Proceeds will benefit Akron Children’s Hospital. The cost is $10.00, and you can pay by cash or check between now and July 13th.