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Wednesday, 16 December 2015 00:01

Chef To The Stars

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Chef To The Stars

A backyard where you can relax in the sun or entertain under the stars is an integral part of what makes your house a home. If you are looking to make your property stand out, however, then you will want more than the typical barbecue. Emily Williamson speaks with Byron Hay from Ferguson Alfresco Lifestyle about the latest trends and what to consider before building an outdoor kitchen.

Whether you are looking to increase your sale value, or simply improve your lifestyle, if you have decided to revamp and renovate your backyard, an outdoor kitchen is the perfect addition. Before beginning construction, however, Byron Hay says there are a few important factors you need to consider first, including how to build for your environment and how you will use your kitchen.

BUILDING FOR YOUR ENVIRONMENT

When building your outdoor kitchen, it is important to consider your environment as this will determine what materials you need and the amount of covering required.

Materials

Your new outdoor kitchen needs to be durable and resistant to the effects of the local climate. Whether it is the scorching sun or the bitter cold, Hay says as long as you use the right materials, your outdoor kitchen can be made to withstand the elements.

“Material is the biggest design consideration to be made. Our climate has a big impact on material, so using a good quality product that is UV stable and able to withstand the elements, will ensure your kitchen offers long term value,” says Hay.

Hay says the upfront cost for such materials will be more; however, the investment is worth making.

“Any materials which can withstand our harsh conditions offer the best value.”

“Material is the biggest design consideration to be made. Our climate has a big impact on material, so using a good quality product that is UV stable and able to withstand the elements, will ensure your kitchen offers long term value.”

Covering

When building for your environment, covering your outdoor kitchen is also a must as protection from the elements is essential for guests to feel comfortable. There are many options available including constructing a full roof, a partial roof, a pergola, or even using an outdoor umbrella for smaller areas. The choice comes down to what you are willing to spend and what you require for your kitchen use.

HOW WILL YOU USE YOUR KITCHEN?

If you intend on using your kitchen throughout the year, there are a few things you need to make sure are included such as adequate lighting, heating and storage.

Lighting

Correct lighting is important to make sure your outdoor kitchen gets the use it deserves. If you would like to use your outdoor kitchen at any time of day, then you need to consider how you will light your area.

“LED lighting is becoming more popular and can enhance the mood in the space,” says Hay.

Pendant lighting is also a visually appealing option; however, it does tend to attract spiders and cobwebs and can be a hassle to clean. A good option is ceiling fans with incorporated lights as they will light and cool your area, and have the added bonus of repelling mosquitos.

While lighting above is important, also factor in lighting within cupboard areas and walkways to the kitchen area where it may be more difficult to see at night. Remember to make sure, however, that the lighting you select can be used for wet or damp conditions, as it will be exposed to changing weather patterns. When considering lighting it is best to consult an electrician as they will be able to help you establish an efficiently running outdoor kitchen that meets your needs, as well as Australian regulations.

Heating

Keeping your outdoor area warm in the cooler months is important to ensure continuous use of your investment. Heating options include a standalone patio heater, table-top heater, a chiminea, or heaters installed into the ceiling. When comparing the options, your decision will come down to budget and personal preference.

The chiminea is the most affordable option as it is powered by wood; however, it is only expelling heat in one direction and will be messier than the others. A standalone patio heater has the benefit of portability and can heat a large area quickly. A table-top heater can also be moved easily but is much less powerful. Heaters installed into the ceiling powerfully distribute heat below and are perfect where limited floor space is available.

Cooking Surfaces

When designing your kitchen, have an idea of the cooking products you want to include and organise the other elements around them. The teppanyaki cooking grill is an excellent option that will help to create a modern and sleek style in your outdoor kitchen. The simple design will also save space and time with its ease of cleaning. According to Hay, the teppanyaki cooking grill is gaining in popularity as they enable hosts to better socialise with their guests.

“The traditional barbecue against a wall is moving more to a bar and teppanyaki design so the host can interact with guests face to face.”

Another option is a wood-fired pizza oven which will cook your food to perfection, enhance their flavours, and retain their nutrients. Wood-fired pizza ovens can cook much more than just pizza, and are a sustainable and affordable cooking option.

Appliances

It is important to make sure your outdoor kitchen is stocked with appliances for food preparation and cleaning. This includes knives, cutting boards, pots, pans, and cleaning products. Having these on hand will save time and hassle when utilising your outdoor kitchen as you will not have to go back and forth to retrieve things inside. Including a sink in your design where you can wash up, will also increase convenience and will make the use of your outdoor kitchen much more enjoyable.

Storage

You will need to factor in storage options for cooking equipment in your outdoor kitchen, as well as plates, glasses and eating utensils, however, remember you will not need an extravagant amount of storage space for equipment or food, as you will most likely be using the kitchen for one meal at a time. A small bar fridge and appliances would therefore do the job easily, quickly and more efficiently.

Flooring

Selecting the appropriate flooring will additionally assist with the ease of using your outdoor kitchen. As your kitchen will be exposed to rainy days, it is important to select a material that is safe, sturdy, easy to clean, and won’t become too slippery when wet. Concrete, brick or natural stone are the safest options, but if you are on a budget, concrete is certainly the best choice. If you do not like the look of concrete, there are ways to make it more visually appealing with stamping, colouring or a rock salt finish. Concrete tiles can also be made to look like a variety of tile pavers including authentic-looking antique pavers. This combines safety and cost- effective elegance in your outdoor kitchen.

Furniture

When it comes to choosing furniture for your outdoor kitchen, you need to consider the material that the tables and chairs are made from, as it must be functional and able to withstand the elements. The best materials to use are wrought iron, aluminium and wood. Wrought iron is attractive and durable, and will last longer than any other material, which should be taken into consideration when weighing up costs. When paired with cushions, these outdoor chairs will be comfortable and long-lasting. If you are looking at aluminium furniture, make sure it is powder-coated to prevent rust and corrosion. Avoid furniture where nuts and bolts have been used as higher-quality workmanship has smooth joints to improve its look and functionality. Wood, if treated correctly with stain, varnish, or paint, is a great material to use for your outdoor furniture. Teak, redwood, and eucalyptus are particularly popular as they provide nearly the same durability as wrought iron with more of a natural feel.

TRENDS

According to Hay, there are two distinctive current design trends for outdoor kitchens.

“Many clients are essentially creating a second kitchen in an area which offers a fully functional cooking and entertainment room. They are including everything they need so they never have to leave. At the opposite end are clients who make the kitchen an extension of their backyard. Barbecues are also in a space overlooking the pool/yard, completely separate from the house.”

On-trendproductsincludefridgeswithremotemotors that reduce noise in your alfresco area, gas ovens instead of wood-fired ovens for their increased practicality, and acrylic doors with no handles to create a contemporary look. Hay says outdoor kitchens are rising in popularity for many reasons.

“Our long summers allow us to spend more time enjoying the outdoors. Even our winters are quite mild. With the rising cost of living, people are increasing the financial and emotional value of their home. The barbecue has been part of our culture for a long time, and the kitchen is just an extension of this idea. We are also becoming more food focussed as a nation and alfresco entertaining is a great medium to bring this all together.

“Alfresco kitchens add value to a home in a financial and functional sense as they can be used on a day-to-day basis. Just like the trend ofadding ensuite’s to bedrooms was seen as beneficial, we now see outdoor kitchens added.”

“Our long summers allow us to spend more time enjoying the outdoors. Even our winters are quite mild. With the rising cost of living, people are increasing the financial and emotional value of their home. The barbecue has been part of our culture for a long time, and the kitchen is just an extension of this idea. We are also becoming more food focussed as a nation and alfresco entertaining is a great medium to bring this all together.”

STAR ATTRACTION

To make the kitchen a focal point in your outdoor area, Hay says it is important to include your seating or entertaining space within the cooking area.

“Orientate your barbecue so you are facing your guests while cooking. Build your seating around the barbecue and this will ensure your outdoor kitchen is a focal point and a talking point.”

Hay adds, “A quality finish and unique design will always draw focus. The visual impact makes people want to do something – cook for the family, entertain, etc. and also makes them feel good in the environment.”

If you have decided to renovate your backyard and include an outdoor kitchen, there are a lot of things you will need to consider first. From the location of your new kitchen, to the furniture you will require, it pays to do your research. An outdoor kitchen will set your property apart on the market and there are countless ways to personalise it to suit your needs.

Whether you are looking to sell, or simply looking to enhance your lifestyle, the decision to incorporate this into your renovation will be a valuable one.

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